What NOT to Do When Traveling Internationally

What NOT to Do When Traveling Internationally

We’re less than 24 hours into our trip, in Paris standing below the Eiffel Tower after finishing a cheesy selfie photo session. My daughter and I walk over to the corner where we’ll meet our tour bus in a few minutes. There’s a souvie shop there, so I browse postcards while we wait. I assume ...
The Struggle to be Selfless

The Struggle to be Selfless

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” and His daughter Kari wanted to explore every inch of both. But the results of standardized testing in math and science in her early education proved she would never be an astronaut, so Kari had to be content with Earth exploration. She had a pretty ...
Catching the Travel Bug, the Good One (Not Zika)

Catching the Travel Bug, the Good One (Not Zika)

They were the times before mandatory car seats and seatbelts, when a family could stuff a beat-up old station wagon to the gills then pile in and on whatever surfaces were leftover and hit the open road for a family summer vacation. The safety laws now are a good thing, but I sure have a ...
Pet Rant: Part 2

Pet Rant: Part 2

Our pet tarantula recently went to “The Big Desert in the Sky.” I’m sad my daughter is sad losing her spider buddy, but I’m not sad there’s no longer a big furry arachnid living in my house on purpose. I’ve been upfront about my domestic pet battles, but I reiterate that my effort to limit ...
Talent vs. Work: Is it And/Or?

Talent vs. Work: Is it And/Or?

If you Google quotes about talent, most of the results will describe how talent itself is fruitless without hard work. For example, Tim Notke said: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Anna Pavlova said: “God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.” Michael Jordan said: “Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard ...