Funerals Are for the Living

Though my 83-year-old neighbor was a gregarious man, his funeral was sparsely attended. Maybe several dozen people were there – and many of those were family. They sat in the first three rows. The next 10 or so rows were empty. I sat in the back, along with some of my neighbor’s elderly friends. I…

Being a Good Father Takes Time

Being a good father is really simple. It doesn’t take a lot of money. Nor does it take a lot of practice. But it does take time. The time a dad spends with his kids is far more valuable than most anything he could buy them. Kids are wiser than we think – especially teens….

The Art of the Thank-You Note

The thank-you note is as archaic as black-and-white televisions and vacuuming with your pearls on. Yet we all know that receiving a thoughtful, hand-written note of gratitude in the mail is far more rewarding than receiving a text or an email. And it’s way sure better than not having a gift acknowledged at all. In the…