Tag Archive: Life Lessons

April 1, 2013

Short Arms. Deep Pockets.

At least twice a month my father and I meet for breakfast at Eggcetera after I have dropped my kids off at school. It’s something of a luxury of self-employment to afford the time required for our bi-monthly routine, and one that I thoroughly appreciate. My dad keeps a little paper notebook in his breast pocket where he keeps phone numbers, a record of appointments and most importantly a log of who paid for the last breakfast. In the same pocket, he... View Article

February 1, 2013

Just Be Nice

My wife, during her career as a teacher, used to comment to me about the importance of a good school secretary in maintaining a smooth running school. She had experienced several, in her particular case, all female. A good one could be the benevolent caring motherly type one moment, and Margaret Thatcher the next. Staying on her good side was well advised whether you were a teacher or principal0. Circumvention was a strictly ‘at your own risk’ proposition. Businesses I... View Article

January 1, 2013

Pennywise

    Justified or not, I bear a reputation for frugality. My wife feels it is justified…I feel it is not. In any case, I will admit that I have, at the very least, a dichotic relationship with money- or more precisely – parting with it. I generally think little about the price of menu items when at a restaurant, yet I will agonize over purchasing Campbell’s chicken broth instead of the no-name variety that might save me 50 cents.... View Article

January 1, 2012

Toddlers and Hockey Pants

September is no man’s land for televised sports fans. The NFL is playing meaningless preseason games which are generally concussion-less affairs hardly worth televising. The PGA has completed all four of its majors and is stumbling through a contrived playoff format that requires a calculator and actuarial charts. The NHL season is a month away and baseball – well, it doesn’t really count. So with my usual sporting preferences not currently airing, I have resorted to channel surfing more than... View Article

January 1, 2012

Answering the Bell

The metaphoric relationship that exists between organized sports and real life is the reason many of us enroll our children into sports.  Through sports our children can learn discipline, the benefits of repeated practice and the wonderful example that together, we can accomplish more than the sum of our talents might suggest possible. They will also learn that despite their very best efforts the opposition through superior talent, harder work, or better luck, will sometimes win. Indeed perhaps the most... View Article