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10 Reasons To Be Thankful This Year

10 Reasons To Be Thankful This Year

As we all take time out of our busy lives to give thanks today, I thought it a good idea to sit down and reflect on the year.  It’s far too easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of the things that are really important in life.  I have so many things to be thankful for – I wanted to share some of them with all of you.




  • I’m thankful that I am growing older – despite my many complaints, it’s still far better than the alternative.
  • I’m thankful for my family.  I am married to a wonderful, patient, and caring woman (who is, by far, the best thing that ever happened to me), and I have been blessed with two phenomenal kids who are the center of my world.
  • I’m thankful that I have been able to pass my love of reading and all things “Star Wars” on to my son.  It validates the geekdom of my youth.
  • I’m thankful for my true friends.  You know who you are, and I appreciate all you do for me.  (I’m taking applications if anyone else would like to join up…)
  • I’m thankful for this blog.  It’s given me the opportunity to chat with some amazing people this year, talk with some incredibly talented authors about their work, and provided me with a much needed creative outlet.
  • I’m thankful for everyone serving in our armed forces.  Agree with their missions or not, they have volunteered to do a job that most of us have not (myself included).  Their service, both past and present, is the reason I am able to write this and you are able to read it.
  • I’m thankful for my job.  I have the opportunity to work with great people in an industry that I love – and I get paid to do it.  You can’t ask for more than that – (aside from a raise now and then…)
  • I’m thankful for music.  It has surrounded my life- permeated it – in so many ways for as long as I can remember.  It’s one of the few threads that run through my life from childhood to today.
  • I’m thankful for my wife’s signature cookies.  They’ve help make me a lot of friends over the years.  And, no – I can’t share the recipe with you.
  • I’m thankful for my freedom.  Without that, everything else is just window dressing.

Take a moment and think about all that you have to be thankful for this year.  You may find it’s more than you thought.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the food, the family, the friends, and the football!



Everything I needed to know about love, I learned from 80’s Hair Metal

Everything I needed to know about love, I learned from 80’s Hair Metal

I was sitting on a plane the other day and a thought hit me like like a ton of bricks – someday, someone is going to break my son’s heart.  I sat up straight in my seat and had a moment of pure, unadulterated pain.  I don’t know who she is going to be, or how she is going to do it, but someone is going to make my son feel the same way I felt many times growing up – alone.

It took me a minute to gather my thoughts and while I did, my iPod continued to play.  I was listening to a playlist my wife had put together to listen to in the car with the kids.  We’ve tried to instill a love of music into our children, and I’m happy to report that they are both fans of rock music.  It was then that another thought snuck up on me – I needed to share what I learned about love with my son – a bit of advice on just how to navigate the murky waters of love and infatuation.  And, as crazy as it sounds, the perfect way to do it was in the same way that I learned it – through the music of my youth.  So here it is, an open letter to my son about the highs and lows of love.

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My first Broadway show

My first Broadway show

Nineteen years ago I had the chance to see a musical on Broadway for the first time.  (I know – It would sound much better if I could say it was twenty years ago.  Twenty is such a nice round number – but it was, in fact, nineteen years ago, and I don’t feel like waiting an entire year to write this, just so it has a nice clichéd opening.  But I digress.)  As I was saying – nineteen years ago I had the chance to see a musical on Broadway for the first time.  Not only was it great show, I also learned a few things along the way:  I really can do anything I set my mind to, young love is almost always misguided, and my father has a serious deficiency when it came to hotel nicknames.

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Behold – The Man Eating Bookworm

Behold – The Man Eating Bookworm

I recently came across a great new blog that you should check out – The Man Eating Bookworm.  Peter Leonard runs the the site and offers up a great perspective on not only books, but also comics, movies, games, and whatever else catches his eye.  (I don’t say that just because he has reviewed many of the same books I have;  but come to think of it, he does seem to have good taste in books…)  It’s a great site and well worth checking out.  Give it a try!

Kite Flying for the Soul

Kite Flying for the Soul

I am a fan of reality TV.  My wife and I will watch cooking shows, singing shows, survival shows, travel shows, shooting shows, people-locked-together-in-a-house shows – as long as it’s not a dancing show, we will give it a shot. For the most part it’s mindless entertainment – but every now and then, something will surprise me.  Something will sneak up on me when I least expect it and make me FEEL.  I had one of those moments when watching a young man named Connor Doran on last night’s “America’s Got Talent”*.   His talent?  Flying a kite.  Trust me – it was far more extraordinary than it sounds.

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