Category: childhood memories, life skills, growing up, old timers, corner stores, Americana

  • Policeman by Day, Repairman by Night

    Policeman by Day, Repairman by Night

    My dad was a very skilled professional police officer that made the rank of sergeant before he retired after 30 years.  He was also a very skilled tradesman, something that I wish I would have learned more from him about.  Dad would work 8-12 hour shifts patrolling town and as he went around to different […]

  • How Scars Remind Us of Our Past, Present and Future

    How Scars Remind Us of Our Past, Present and Future

    We all have some type of scar on our bodies.  Some have many more than others.  I made a list of the scars I have and they were plentiful.  I got most of them while I was a young boy and teenager growing up climbing trees, riding bikes, playing in the woods and rough housing […]

  • Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win

    Winners Never Quit, Quitters Never Win

    When I was about eight or nine years old my dad wrote this quote in my baseball glove.  He was a winner and I never once saw him give up, give in or quit and that rubbed off on me and my brothers.  You know that quitting is easy to do.  Quitting is easy to […]

  • GI Joes, Tonka Trucks, Marbles and Hot Wheels

    GI Joes, Tonka Trucks, Marbles and Hot Wheels

    Growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s we played with 12 inch GI joes, Big Jim, Hot Wheels, Tonka Trucks and even sticks. Give me a set of hot wheels or Tonka trucks and a dirt pile and I would play for hours. When I see kids playing with them it makes me smile and […]

  • 5 Reasons Children Need Discipline

    5 Reasons Children Need Discipline

    As a father, teacher, coach and mentor of young folks, I see one downfall that is getting in the way of their adult lifes once they graduate school. That one thing is discipline or a lack of. Over the last 20 years schools have changed, kids have changed and society has softened it overall stance […]

  • Spirit Chronicles: Family Matters

    Spirit Chronicles: Family Matters

    I fell asleep and instantly transported to my grandmothers house where I spent all my Sundays and many of my summers when I was growing up. My family would always gather there after church on Sunday and eat, play outside and watch NFL football games. Grandma Smith always cooked a load of food on Sunday […]

  • If I Could Be Twenty Again- Seven Things I Would Have Done Different

    If I Could Be Twenty Again- Seven Things I Would Have Done Different

    Today I am writing about seven things that I look back on that I should have done a bit different when I was twenty.  Thirty four years later I have learned many lessons in life and am grateful for those lessons.  Setbacks, disappointments, tragedies, and unexpected life events allow us to grow and become who […]

  • Healthy Marriage- Ways to Build a Rock Solid Marriage

    Healthy Marriage- Ways to Build a Rock Solid Marriage

    On June 5th, my wife and I will celebrate 29 years of marriage. I know couples that have been married seventy years and some that couldn’t make it one year. My parents got married in 1956 were together to the day my dad passed in 2009. That is a long time to be together, get […]

  • Life 101- Ten Basics Your Teenager Must Know

    Life 101- Ten Basics Your Teenager Must Know

    Today we are talking about basic life skills that we need to be teaching our pre-teen and teenage children that will assist them in being a productive young adult once they leave the safe confines of mom and dads house.  They will no longer have mom and dad to take care of their clothes, make […]

  • Life Skills 101- We Need Our Kids Learning These Now

    Life Skills 101- We Need Our Kids Learning These Now

    Playing some form of organized sports is like a right of passage for many of us.  I grew up in a large family where every boy played football.  All of my brothers, and boy cousins played football at some point in their life.  Most of my girl cousins played basketball and softball in school, but […]

  • Fishing Lessons With My Dad

    Fishing Lessons With My Dad

    Growing up my dad and brothers loved to go fishing. We would gather up a bunch of worms, get a few cans of corn, load up a bunch of fishing poles and go to a creek, a pond, the beach or anywhere we could wet a hook. We did it for sport and rarely ever […]

  • Life Lessons From Sports

    Life Lessons From Sports

    Playing some form of organized sports is like a right of passage for many of us.  I grew up in a large family where every boy played football.  All of my brothers, and boy cousins played football at some point in their life.  Most of my girl cousins played basketball and softball in school, but […]