This is the America I know

This is the America I know

While we lived overseas, the news from America that percolated to the surface seemed only to represent the worst elements of our country. Admittedly, we happened to move overseas before a Presidential election (not our plan – just the way it worked out), and no...
Finding a Fitness Focus

Finding a Fitness Focus

In grade school, I struggled to find a sport that I was good at. I tried a lot of them, and it was not until high school that I found one I excelled at – rowing.  It turns out I was pretty good at sitting down and going backward for long periods of time…And I...
My Big Fun Greek Swim Buddy

My Big Fun Greek Swim Buddy

We had two trips left to make as we left Barcelona: Normandy and Greece. As mentioned in my last post, we went to Normandy for Fourth of July and specifically waited to visit this historic place at the end of our two-year stay in Spain, and it did not disappoint. The...
The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

20 years ago my wife and I made a milestone goal: live in a Europe for a year. A lot has changed since we made that commitment to each other on our honeymoon. For starters, we have four boys each roughly two years apart in age. We wanted to make that European year...
The single best Father’s Day gift

The single best Father’s Day gift

Twenty years ago I was patrolling the surrounding villages of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina. And that’s when I saw him. He was a young boy, probably about the same age as my youngest son, William (7), yet he didn’t look like much of a child. He had no sparkle in his...
Got Diploma – now what?

Got Diploma – now what?

To the class of 2017, Congratulations! You have logged thousands of hours of class and study time to earn the piece of parchment in your hand. It is a serious accomplishment, take a moment and savor this – it took you years to get here. Now, time to grapple with a...