Category: Life Lessons

How to Persevere Like a 4 Year Old


Total Read Time: 4 minutes THE MONKEY BARS. The playground’s proving ground. The callouser of hands. The skinner of knees. A horizontal symbol of strength, of perseverance. Conquered by only big kids. On a sun-splashed day, my wife and I take our 3 kids to a local park. When the kids find the playground, our […]

Why You Should Clean Up Your House Before You Go On Vacation


It’s the day before our annual family vacation at the New Jersey shore and my wife is buzzing around the house doing chores. Vacuuming and cleaning out closets and dusting and hanging pictures we meant to hang last summer. Amidst this whirlwind of Windex, I’m on the couch watching Predator 2. Bill Paxson just met […]

“Trust Your Change.” My Commencement Address at the Robbinsville High School Graduation


On June 21, 2017 I was fortunate enough to deliver the commencement address at the Robbinsville High School graduation. Over 2,000 people were in attendance.  Below is the audio and transcript of my speech.  (Note–Due to rain, the ceremony was delayed 30 minutes.) Transcript: Introduction (or my attempt to get the crowd to listen) First […]

In Honor of Father’s Day: 6 Pieces of “Dadvice”


Originally published June, 2017 It’s Father’s Day Weekend! Time to hike up your socks, fire up the grill, lean back in your favorite chair and say things like …”Hold your horses!” and “”My house, my rules!” shortly followed by “I don’t know… go ask your mother.” With the popularity of Justin Halpern’s hilarious Shit My Dad […]

Ants Marching: When an Anthem of Your Youth Foreshadows the Quandaries of Adulthood


It’s becoming increasingly clear that my body is not built for Friday nights anymore. After a week of typical adult life the last thing I want to do is take my creaky knees and venture out. And I mean out, out.  Like the type of going out that requires you to slip on a pair of nice […]

Share :

My Advice to Young Adults about Work (or Why I Want to Pee My Pants )


It’s graduation season. And every June, I get asked by soon-to-be high school graduates big questions about work. “How do you know your doing the right work?” “How do you find work you’re passionate about?” “How do you avoid unhappiness and complacency?” Though I don’t consider myself a beacon of wisdom on such matters (I’m […]

May 22, 2017 (or the day the universe reminded me to get over myself)


Sometimes things happen that convince you there is some large, mysterious power at work, cartwheeling through the cosmos, orchestrating both big and little things, to get your attention, to make you appreciate the brevity of your life. Our youngest son Dylan, who is almost 4, has his own bed. It’s a perfectly good bed dressed with a […]

A Mother’s Day Post: 6 Things Moms Worry About ( And Humanity Is So Grateful They Do)


Where would the world be without “mom worry”? My mom worried that my youngest brother Kyle and I would not be close. She worried that the 10 years that separated us would be too big of a gap to bridge brotherhood, to bridge conversation. So mom decided that I, an innocent 10 year old, should […]

Teaching Students the Power of Vulnerability


This week’s post was inspired by Teacher Appreciation Week. It takes more courage and less time to admit you don’t have the answer then to pretend you do. For most aspiring teachers, writing a Philosophy of Education is not only a requirement, but a pedagogical rite of passage. I remember, 15 years ago, in the swarms of […]

What Word Keeps You Up at Night?


It’s late and I can’t sleep again. My mind tosses and turns while I lay still, staring at the ceiling. My mental restlessness began with the obvious tumbling thought, “I should be sleeping”. It blooms like an innocent thought. But innocent thoughts can seed big, complex, even damaging thoughts. I should… Start eating healthier again. Be […]