Giving and Receiving Correction

Giving and Receiving Correction

A while ago, one of my grandkids had gotten into a bit of a pattern of acting out, so I did a video chat with his mom and had her put me on with him. I wanted to be the voice of another authority figure that was correcting him and reminding him of what the rules and...
Give ‘Em a Boost

Give ‘Em a Boost

I settled into the seat as I normally do. My tray table was up in front of me and all my belongings tucked safely under the seat, including my feet. My head was leaning back against the headrest and my eyes were closed as I started to relax in anticipation of the...
Finding That Rhythm

Finding That Rhythm

Recently, as a couple, Jane and I were clicking on all cylinders. Laughing. Loving. Sharing. Not arguing. It was wonderful! For those of us who have been married a long time, that doesn’t always happen when we’re together for long periods. However, I made a disastrous...
Family: Sunk at the Sink?

Family: Sunk at the Sink?

We had finished eating dinner together as a family, and we were all busy cleaning up when it happened. It was a classic opportunity for a mountain-out-of-a-molehill marital spat—dirty dishes have a certain way of provoking things, you know? Here’s how it happened: I,...
Even the Small Things Spiral

Even the Small Things Spiral

The way I remember the story is that it began when I said a phrase that had two possible meanings: the meaning I meant and the meaning she heard. Other details, like the specifics of what got said or what got heard, escape me today—probably because of how quickly the...