Protecting Our Daughters’ Virtue

Put the hay in the barn early. When she’s leaving for prom, it’s too late. We’ve reached that time of year when we start seeing cringetastic prom photos. Don’t get me wrong. Most prom photos are lovely, but we will inevitably see photos of young couples dressed up in their promenade finery, with the youngContinue reading “Protecting Our Daughters’ Virtue”

Don’t Hold Back

You never know what a difference a kind and affirming word might make in someone’s life. We should never miss an opportunity to offer kind and sincere words of affirmation for those around us. It costs us nothing but a bit of time, but positively impacting those around us is always time well spent.

It Can Be A Wonderful Life

Watching a bit of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I’m struck by how desperately we need more of the spirit of George and Mary Bailey.

Rudeness Ruins Rightness

Punctilious courtesy, good manners, and the Golden Rule reflect an attitude and acknowledgement that other people are, you know…actually people, equally deserving of consideration and basic decent and civil treatment despite our differences.

The Measure of a Man

What makes a “man?” Am I a man? Are you? How do we know? How do we measure? Many years ago when my eldest boys were very young, I decided to create a familial definition of manhood that could serve them as a guiding tenet as they matured and navigated life’s complexities. For those ofContinue reading “The Measure of a Man”