Archive for February, 2009

Playing to Your Strengths

February 27, 2009

scan00202I played quarterback in high school. Our best pass play was a draw if that gives you any indication as to what kind of a passer I was. Unfortunately, I never really learned to throw well until after I graduated.

I was good at managing the game though. I focused on the basics, made few mistakes and carried out my assignments. After one particular game, I was given the award for outstanding offensive player of the game and I don’t remember throwing a single pass. I was just good at playing to my strengths.

When it comes to being a dad, there are some things I’m good at and others, like being able to throw deep, I’m not so good at, so I’ve chosen to play to my strengths. For example, (more…)

The Greatest Words I Never Heard

February 25, 2009

Reba McEntire, before she began her sitcom acting career, sang some of the saddest and most touching ballads of loneliness and longing. She has that evocative catch in her voice, and she tells picturesque, but believable stories in these sad songs. But, none of them has stayed with me like this one, which expresses a child’s desire for a father’s love and attention:

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The Weenie Gene

February 23, 2009

Most of my friends would describe me as a risk-taker.   I like to launch businesses without a safety net — you know, before the requisite two weeks of salary was squirreled away.   I’ve started three businesses that way.  I also take investment risks.  My favorite investment strategy is to buy stocks that are poised for rebound. Take for instance, my most recent purchase, Bank of America.  I got in on that one nicely for 6 times more than it is trading today — a rebound phenomenon known as the dead cat bounce.  I must like dead cats because I hold them too, except Apple. As my investment fortune would have it, I was able to unload my shares in that company three weeks before the stock skyrocketed on the debut of the iPod. 

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The Weight of a Father

February 16, 2009

I’m getting to that age when it’s now recommended I see the physician annually for a “checkup”. Boy, it’s hard to admit I’ve arrived at that point in my life. I remember doing things and not even considering the potential consequences. I would ask my body to do something and it didn’t respond back, “Are you sure you want to do overweight-manthis?” I’m in relatively good health. Blood pressure and cholesterol run a little higher than I or my doctor would like. About 30 lbs overweight but pretty active and working on losing the extra weight.

NBC’s The Biggest Loser is one of the few shows our family watches regularly. In the skein of reality shows, it’s one of the few that promote something redeeming for participant and viewer alike and that don’t use the humiliation of people as the entertainment value. It’s amazing to watch the weight melt off of the contestants week after week. Every season the impact of carrying excess weight on virtually every other aspect of health related problems is evidenced. The loss of weight is tantamount to reducing or alleviating so many other symptoms of illness; diabetes, back and joint problems, high blood pressure and cholesterol and a slew of others. Living a long and healthy life is almost always directly related to shedding excess weight.

Being a father carries its own weight. Do you feel it, dad? (more…)

V Day for Dads

February 13, 2009

Ok, I know this is a blog for dads.  But, as a dad, you’re also likely a husband.  And, even if you’re a single parent, you may be dating.  Since that takes care of most of you, it seems that a quick reminder to all of the dads out there about Valentines Day is in order.

One might think that writing something the afternoon before an action needs to be taken would be poor planning.  And, for heart_edited-1most occasions it would be.  But, when it comes to Valentine’s Day I find that, more often than not, I’m elbowing my way to find a card at the local Walgreen’s for my wife, just like all the other guys out there.

Here’s what I want to hear from the throngs of you that are reading this :-)…what’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for your wife or a girlfriend?  Maybe, if you record these quick enough, it will give us procrastinators some ideas.

SOUND OFF:  What’s the most romantic idea you’ve ever come up with for your wife or girlfriend?

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“I Want to be That Boy”

February 4, 2009

Deep in the place where the first stirrings of manhood begin, every boy wants to be like his Dad.  He wants to be tall, strong, capable and manly.  When a boy’s father emanates a quality of Christlikeness, this imitative desire is easily transferred, as boy becomes man,  from the earthly father to the heavenly Father.   As I reflect on my father-in-law, who passed away at the age of ninety, I see this lifelong desire to be with, and like, his Father.  Carl grew up in upstate New York with his dad, who was a country veterinarian.  He went on to pastor for over sixty years, serving the Lord tirelessly, cheerfully, inconspicuously.  When I think about what fueled him, what kept him going all those years, I think it was his desire to be his Father’s boy, something like this: (more…)