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Dads (and Moms, too), Are You Losing Your Kid to Their Phone?

One of the things no one told me about being a dad and husband was how much I would worry. I know we’re instructed not to, but that is much easier said than done. I worry all the time. Do I show her love the way she needs to see and feel it? Does he feel like he can come talk to me? Am I leading in my home and setting a good example as a husband and a father?

It’s constant – the worry – because being a husband and dad didn’t come with an instruction manual. Some guys get to observe their fathers, but that just wasn’t in the cards for me. So I fumble and stumble and trip through it, praying that God makes me the man my wife and son need.

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Why We Collectively Suck as Citizens

This started as a simple Facebook post linking to an article I found interesting, but when I realized I was approaching 600 words, I thought it better to move to my blog (that I have not posted on since April. Typical me…).

 

Warning, this post is political.

 

Well, it’s not “political,” per se, it is “about politics.” Here’s an article from late last week that is a brilliant read about something I am incredibly passionate about – the chasm that continues to widen between right and left – red and blue.

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Personal Purpose – and Why This Friday is Good

…and they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. – Matthew 27:29

You and I do not know the date and the hour – but He did. Our days are numbered, we know that, but we don’t know when we’ll be called Home. But He did. And He knew how. I can’t imagine the fear. That night in the Garden of Gethsemane He so grappled with His inevitability that He sweat blood. (Luke 22:44)

It’s a real thing, you know, sweating blood. It’s called Hematidrosis and it is a rare, but very real, medical condition where one’s sweat will contain blood. The sweat glands are surrounded by tiny blood vessels. These vessels can constrict and then dilate to the point of rupture where the blood will then effuse into the sweat glands. Its cause? Extreme anguish.

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This Chapter in My Life is Titled: Fit by 55

We are all subject to “internal narratives.” 100% of our life occurs in that 10-inch space between our ears and 90% of it never actually happens. We “borrow trouble.” Have arguments that never occur. Conversations that never happen. We worry about things that are so remote from ever actually happening – yet we waste the brain power and emotion in their consideration. 

I’m fascinated by internal narratives – by self-talk – so much so that I’ll write a big blog post about it one day and interview a couple of folks who work in the field of self-talk. Back to why I even bring it up – I’m certain that if a psychologist could hear my thoughts – live an hour inside my brain – they would deem me clinically insane. Certifiable. I think in story lines. In chapter and verse. Plot. Character development. Crazy, right?! [Read more…]

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Citizenship, Membership & the Cocktail Caucus!

We saw it again over the last few days – absolute vitriolic outbursts on social media. Yelling. Screaming. Name calling. All in the name of politics. My response on social media…

It must stop. We must dial back the rhetoric. Our nation’s political system is at absolute gridlock and I believe that cooler heads must prevail and reasonable people must find common ground to move our great society forward. [Read more…]

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Can You Believe It’s Been a Year?!

Facebook, the source of all knowledge, informs me of this…

Wild. One year ago, today, the good citizens of Johnstown elected me their mayor. It remains among the greatest honors of my life. Not a day has passed that I haven’t challenged myself to put our citizens first, to think and act on their behalf, and to use my God-given skills of communication, intuition, and discernment to act in their best interest. [Read more…]