15 Rules for a Memorable Thanksgiving Toast

A few years ago I tried to give a short toast before a Thanksgiving meal and it bombed. I talked about things my family didn’t care about. I started venting about my flailing career and it got a little awkward. Nothing wrong with complaining a little bit, but during a Thanksgiving toast is not a good time. I vowed never …

laughing man

Choose Laughter

He stopped his car right in front of me, backed into a driveway, and started turning around. “What are you doing!” I screamed at the man. I was on a mission. I needed gas and this guy was turning around right in front of me. As he turned around he drove right by me without a courtesy wave. How could …

It’s How You Feel

We were stuck. As far as the eye could see. Holiday traffic is always difficult to appreciate. Cars lined up on the freeway. I started thinking that it would take us an extra hour to get home. The kids would need us to stop to pee or get a bite to eat. I could feel my neck and my shoulders …

The Starter

It wasn’t a big life event that made me want to change how I dealt with my life. It was maybe the most minor event we all have to do. A hair cut. I was sitting, waiting for my turn and I could feel my tenseness. When she went to the computer and called my name I was already wanting …

Thank you

Why Gratitude

She handed me a gift. It was my birthday. I opened it. It was portable speaker. The first thing I blurted out of my mouth was… “This isn’t the one I wanted.” As soon as I said it I regretted it. My wife, who found the gift for me, frowned. I felt like melting into the rug. Just disappearing. I …