Tag: life lessons

“Hey Mr. Armstrong, did you watch any NFL games this weekend?”


The high school parking lot. America’s blacktop proving ground since the Model-T rolled off the assemble line and into our lives. The place where lines are still drawn, sleeves still rolled and disagreements still forcefully settled. So it only made sense that I was asked the combustible question, the question that packed C-4 between it’s […]

The World’s Greatest Lie Are you guilty of telling yourself this?


It was a tradition of sorts. In the initial months following my diagnosis, after each doctor’s appointment, I would go to the bar Given my deteriorating health, maybe a few pints and a plate of fried pickles was not the most constructive response, but sometimes nothing soothes a fractured soul like the warm panel walls, a […]

Why I Celebrated My Worst Day


When I decided to celebrate my worst day I had romantic dreams of baking a chocolate cake, coating it with vanilla icing and beautifully decorating it with some unabashed inspirational quote. Here’s what happened. It’s okay to laugh. Seriously. I know, it’s high fructose, high caloric train wreck. Just in case you can’t read it, […]

12 Things I Learned This Summer


As a teacher, my relationship with summer is complicated. I love being lazy at 10 am. I love long afternoons on the beach, watching my children build sand castles and dig for shells. I love impromptu BBQs and staying up past 11 pm on a Tuesday to watch reruns of The King of Queens. Yet, […]

Crossing the Line: The Birth of a Delusional Parent


It’s July and I’m standing along a sun-splashed sideline watching my son embroiled in a heated little league baseball game, sweating. Chase’s team mans the field. There’s a runner on first base. Two outs. They are losing 6-4. Chase is playing second base. He’s got a pair of black socks pulled above his calves, his […]

It’s called “The Alchemist” and you should read it.


If I could have a conversation with my 30 year old self it would go like this: “It’s called The Alchemist and you should read it.” “Why?” “Because you’re 30.  Because you’re foolish. Because you’re playing it safe. Because you think time is your friend. You yearn for the wrong things. You make half-hearted choices. […]

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 […]

They Once Called Me Coach


Last Wednesday, after a late afternoon thunderstorm wiped the sky of its dark imperfections,  I stood before the Robbinsville High School graduating class and delivered the commencement address I entitled “Trust Your Change.” Later the night, while enjoying a well deserved post-graduation beverage, a colleague asked me how long I’d been working on the speech. […]

“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 […]