"The depth of love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship." -- James E. Faust



The first thing you need to know about Byron and Anita is this: those aren’t their real names. Those are the names they have used since they immigrated to America from Taiwan several years ago. Friends and family members who already lived here suggested that Americans would struggle with their Chinese names – Te Tsai […]

To be honest, when my wife, Anita, said we were going to rent an auger, I was stumped. “Why do we need a green monster with a Scottish accent?” I asked. She looked at me, clearly stumped herself, until she forced her mind into I’ve-Been-Living-With-This-Man-For-38-Years-And-I-Know-How-His-Brain-Works mode. “Auger, not ogre,” she said. “You know, a long […]

Posted at 4:40 pm

John Adams didn’t have anything against the Fourth of July. He just thought it was two days too late. “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America,” Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail. “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations […]

Posted at 1:34 pm

It started out normally enough. My eldest son, Joe, and I had been arm wrestling on a fairly regular basis for almost as long as he had had arms. I can remember propping up his elbow on a stack of encyclopedias so his hand could reach mine. Of course, his elbow never stayed on the […]

Posted at 9:38 pm

Jason isn’t exactly a Father’s Day veteran. This Sunday will be, in fact, his first. And not just because he and his wife, Stacy, just had their first child a couple of months ago. Jason doesn’t have much experience with fathers, period. He never knew his father, and his mother wasn’t much of a socializer, […]

Posted at 11:25 pm

I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast food restaurant’s drive-through line. On second thought, I am saying that because … well … she was rude. I don’t think she was intentionally rude. It was more of an accidental rudeness. Like she […]

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If memory serves – and let’s face it, memory’s service is becoming less and less reliable these days – I only wanted three things for my high school graduation: a really nice watch, a really good kiss and some idea what the heck I was going to do for the next 60 years or so. […]


It would be stretching things to suggest that Memorial Day was Dad’s favorite holiday. Truth be told, he was actually more of a Thanksgiving man. That was a day that called for lots of eating, shooting half-court set shots on the basketball court with the boys and giving long-winded prayers – all specialties of the […]

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It’s the seventh game of an NBA playoff series. The hype has been huge and the play has been intense. Coach A says The Pressure is on Team B because they were the favorites going into the series and are now on the brink of elimination. Coach B says The Pressure is on Team A […]

Posted at 11:33 pm

Anita gave birth to our first child nine months to the day after we were married. OK, it was nine months less one day. But who’s counting? So Anita experienced her first Mother’s Day as a mother before she experienced her first wedding anniversary as a wife. And we wouldn’t have had it any other […]