Happiness vs. Joy

Popular Office star, Rainn Wilson, hosts Soul Pancake on Youtube. It’s sort of a Candid Camera in reverse where anyone who encounters Soul Pancake isn’t terrified or embarrassed, but leaves with a smile or a new friend. It’s actually a great channel if you need a pick-me-up. But in one interview, Wilson talks to rising star Olivia WildeContinue reading “Happiness vs. Joy”

Just a Little Thank You

I’m on vacation with my wife in Florida, visiting her family. It’s 6 A.M. and I’m struggling to stay awake. I’ve been up since about 3:45 because our puppy Prim needed to be taken out to go potty. Once I came back inside, it was no use trying to sleep. So, I’ve been writing chaptersContinue reading “Just a Little Thank You”


We were watching Gladiator over the weekend and at one point during one of the arena scenes, I turned to Sarabeth and said, “I’m so thankful movies like this have been made so that history can be brought to life.” Then I stopped and added, “At least someone else’s perspective of history.” Perspective. That’s played a bigContinue reading “Perspective”

How We Got Prim

Marriage can sometimes seem like a war, and many times the battle takes place at Compromise Creek, where really, compromise is the only solution. A little give and a little take. And in the case of this post, a little puppy. It got to the point where I would completely tune out whenever Sarabeth showedContinue reading “How We Got Prim”

5+1 = …4?

Well, tomorrow night our family will be growing. Not in the way that you might think. We’re still waiting on background checks from all the states we’ve lived in in the past five years (California, Florida, Washington State…). The state of Kentucky, like any state, won’t approve anyone to foster-to-adopt until they have proof ofContinue reading “5+1 = …4?”

Warnings From the Future Dead

Upon my second reading of the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, I am convinced more than ever that every teen needs to read this brilliant series. Aside from the fact that it’s filled with symbolism that English teachers relish, there’s not a single bad word (God’s name isn’t even taken in vain once), and sex isContinue reading “Warnings From the Future Dead”

Casting Stones

I was driving to work yesterday, just a regular 80’s-music-induced drive. I drove the usual speed limit, dealt with the usual traffic not knowing how to merge, and then it happened. I was singing along with the Cranberries (don’t judge), and I actually saw the white pebble slip out from under the truck in frontContinue reading “Casting Stones”