Work with a Safety Net

Hello Again Kids So yesterday I spoke about opportunities and that sometimes you have to go all in – risk it all! I mostly meant all that, like I sometimes say that my love in unconditional! No one really believes that – right? That one important piece of advice I’d like to add to yesterday’s […]

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Opportunities Ahead?

Morning Kiddos This is an important post (at least I think it is), but you are probably too young to fully grasp it or maybe I just think it’s important when it’s not? That said, I believe it is important and hope some of it sinks in and that you remember some of these words?  […]

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Extremely Silly Movies

Dear Kids Today I’m going to recognize life being great because of the demented silly minds that decided to make movies like Thumbwars and Thumbtanic. Sure, some of your friends thought we were nuts to find it hilarious, but it was ridiculously funny!!! So today I recognize all those creative silly minds out there that […]

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Family – Can’t choose them!

Kids The old saying is that “you can chose your friends, but not your family” and maybe that’s a good thing. Yes, many of you are a pain, a bit crazy, and really weird, but we have to accept all that. We are the only family we got and we’re stuck together, best to accept […]

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Fears and Anxieties

Hello Kids So I was surprised to discover a couple of weeks ago that you have one of the same reoccurring nightmares that I have. The one where you are in a car by yourself that is moving fast, but somehow you’re stuck in the back seat trying to stir and control the thing. For […]

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Sleeping in is Great!

Good Morning Kids … or good afternoon to some of you? Anyway, the old man slept in today and woke up at a staggering 7AM; that’s 2-5 hours later than normal and man did it feel great.  The tryptophan from that turkey that I swore I did not eat must have finally kicked in. Occasionally, […]

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Knowing when to Stop… most times!

Dear Kids This post is really just an excuse to use this photo, which I love. It’s probably like a Rorschach test, you see what you want to see. To me it says “Whoa, stop right there!” Now, you could externalize it and assume the squirrel is trying to stop something outside himself or internalize […]

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Thanksgiving

Hello Kids So today is Thanksgiving and it makes life great because the family will get together. It will be loud, it will be messy and we will eat too much. The best part is that it’s at Uncles Frank’s, so we can just eat and leave; let them clean up the mess! However, we […]

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Plan for Retirement Now!

Kids Sorry, another boring post about life planning. A certain young man is about to start a new job soon (I think?) and he will actually be earning some money – NICE! Probably the best advice I can give to any young person (besides floss and wear sunscreen) is start planning for retirement immediately. Starting […]

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Not Retiring – but can Afford 2!

Hello Kids No, that is not a picture of your old man! I did not age that dramatically during this last couple of weeks. However, I wanted to add that for some folks like your dad, not retiring makes life great. I really enjoy what I do and its good to get up in the […]

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Retirement!

Dear Kids You’ve both been very busy with school and I’m confident that you’re looking forward to retirement, but there is something that you still need to do between school and retirement – WORK for at least 30 years! Now for many people retirement can make life great. It’s an opportunity to catch up on […]

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Five More Days of Hiding!

Kids Thanksgiving is around the corner and I can’t help but think that life is great if you’re anything except a real turkey right about now. By real turkey, I’m referring to the bird and not a metaphorical one like your uncle Frank! I’m also uncertain whether to feel bad for Tofurkey this season? I’ve […]

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Anyone can be born in America – Really!

Kids Today we are following up on theme of diversity being a good thing. Anyway, I just want to express that life is great because pregnant women, regardless of ethnicity, are actually capable of delivering a baby on U.S. soil. It’s true! there is nothing in the air or our food that stops contractions and […]

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Racism in my Home!

Kids We will stay on the ethnicity theme one day longer. Today, I think it’s time to address the ugly racism going on in our home! We will get to the equally ugly ageism at another time. Two things you know about me; I consider myself a funny guy and I like cheese with crackers. […]

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Leaning towards being Truly Represented

Kids I think what has happened on the Democratic side of the US House of Representatives makes life great! Regardless of how you feel about the politics of either party’s platforms, the number of women and the ethnicity mix elected this cycle is inspiring.  I hope that as our representatives more reflect us, then the […]

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Firefighters

Kids Today let’s just say life is great because of fireman. While we’ve lost many lives in California, these heroes have been working tirelessly to prevent the tragedy from being even worse. It’s a brutal dangerous job working around the heat and smoke against a fast moving killer that does not rest or sleep. Safe […]

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Gratitude for the Unimaginable!

Dear Kids – this is a repeat of last years post, my sentiment remains unaltered as do the circumstances under which our Vets live under. A big reason for Why our Lives are Great is due to our Veterans. It may sound like a cliché, but your father wants you to genuinely pause today, even […]

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Big Fan of Child Labor!

Dear Son Thanks! So yesterday I needed to do some manual labor and my son volunteered to help me. Sure, he regretted it almost immediately when we had to wake up at 4:30AM. Kidding he was a real help and a real trouper the entire time. Before you call child protection services, despite his Totoro […]

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Nothing Wrong with some Jello!

Dear Kiddies I’m still a bit stunned that you thought it was such a big deal for the old man to suddenly feel like making and eating some Jello? I know that in the 20+ years you’ve known me, that you’ve probably never once witnessed me eating Jello, but I suddenly had a hankering for […]

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Your Best Totoro Self!

Dear Kiddies So we are back to Totoro.  First, I was shocked that my daughter found my Cabbit creation disturbing, but has no problem with Catbus? So, today we are celebrating a certain person that likes to draw himself and others as versions of Totoro. The drawing on the right is the latest self portrait […]

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