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Landscape Architects and Treeforts

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 | 1 comment

Landscape Architects and Treeforts

Do your kids ever ask what you do at work? My six year old son thinks I shuffle papers, have lunch, and talk to my friends.  In his eyes, the only difference between my job and kindergarten is he gets to have recess.  Some days I think he’s really not that far off. How would they know?  What I do every day is done elsewhere.  They know I leave after breakfast and come home just before dinner.  Somehow, in between, I earn money so they can...

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Inertia

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Inertia

I’ve been thinking a lot about inertia this week.  You know…“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion…unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  We’ve all experienced this first hand. If you’ve ever tried to help your buddy push a stalled car, you know what I mean.  Once the car is rolling, it’s no big deal, but that initial push, that’s the hard part, that’s the strain until you’re...

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BEING DELIBERATE

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 | 2 comments

BEING DELIBERATE

My son is teaching me.   I often write in this blog about the things I learned from my father.  Today I wanted to share something I’m learning from my son, James.  My five-year-old is reminding me that if I want to accomplish things in life, more specifically, the personal things, I need to be deliberate. James is a planner.  He has it in his genes.  Every Sunday, he sits down and fills in a calendar for the week.  He asks his mom what...

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Minivans

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 | 0 comments

Minivans

    We are looking at minivans these days.  No matter how hard I try, it’s just hard to get excited about buying one.  I’ve been doing the research and hearing the arguments.  It’s practical, it’s economical, and great if you have kids.  I know. I tried grabbing a brochure at the dealer.  I thought maybe if I read about the dvd player, and front console cooler, or stow away seats, I’d get excited. “   It can hold a...

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Rocking Chair Plan

Posted on May 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Rocking Chair Plan

Have you planned for your retirement?  Are you hoping someday to be rocking on the front porch, lemonade in hand, while everyone else is at work?  It’s a question I’ve been contemplating recently.  As a dad and a husband how should I be planning for our future? It all started with a visit from a financial planner.  The lady was very patient with us as she collected our data and helped us dream.  Her magic computer program soon spit out...

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Romantic Husbands

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 | 3 comments

Romantic Husbands

Would your wife say you’re romantic?  If she hesitates in her answer, do you think she’d at least say you were romantic at one time?  It’s probably not a fair question, right?  You’re not young and dating anymore. Maybe you’re married, have a minivan, a diaper bag, and toddlers that wake up before the sun.   I ask the question because February is here and soon men across America will be judged on their romantic gestures on the...

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