Simple projects often turn into epic adventures

It’s funny how a simple, small project can often lead to a larger project and then to another and another until you are somehow cutting down a tree.

This happened to me recently when I had a few days off of work and decided to cut the grass in the yard.

“This will be easy,” I thought to myself smugly. “I sure am smart.” Continue reading “Simple projects often turn into epic adventures”

When you are figuring out where to go next, don’t forget to celebrate how far you have already come

A few weeks ago, I watched my son receive his college degree from the same university that I graduated from a few decades earlier.

It was a great day for him and all of the graduates, and it was fun to see so many students receive their diplomas and begin to move into the next phases of their lives.

The time at commencement made me recall how when I received my college degree in 1992, I was on top of the world but scared of it, too. Continue reading “When you are figuring out where to go next, don’t forget to celebrate how far you have already come”

Confessions of a bad blogger

I’ve been a bad blogger recently.

It’s not that I’ve written anything bad, upsetting or even too boring, it’s just that I haven’t actually written anything.

So, in order to get back to writing again, I have put together this list of excuses I have for not writing, along with some of the ideas I wanted to write about but then failed at miserably. Continue reading “Confessions of a bad blogger”

Is my beard really dirtier than a dog?

Lately, I keep seeing articles about how a new study has shown that dogs are actually cleaner than most men’s beards.

The study has received a lot of attention, but as someone with a beard I have several questions about it.

First of all, why did anyone do this study? I feel like someone without a beard did this study just to prove a point. Or perhaps someone who is married to a person with a beard funded the study just to get the spouse to shave. Continue reading “Is my beard really dirtier than a dog?”

It’s time we changed the names of a few cities

Did you ever think about how the names of several cities are kind of stupid?

The names are something we don’t think much about, we just kind of accept them. If you focus on them for a few moments, though, many of them don’t make much sense.

Here are a few urgent questions about this pressing topic, along with a few points of interest about the monikers of several cities. Continue reading “It’s time we changed the names of a few cities”

Fresh cut grass, new butter and other ordinary items that are actually fun and exciting

The first time I smell fresh cut grass each spring, it always puts me in a good mood.

It’s a nice reminder that spring is really here, and it’s even better if I wasn’t the one cutting the grass.

After smelling cut grass for the first time this year, it got me thinking about how several ordinary items can make me happy, so I am listing a few of them here to see if any of you agree. Continue reading “Fresh cut grass, new butter and other ordinary items that are actually fun and exciting”

A few words in support of procrastination

Too often people talk about procrastinating as if it’s a bad thing.

Sure, there are good aspects to finishing projects quickly, but there are also numerous positives related to delaying your work.

Often when I am supposed to be doing something like completing a work project, cleaning the living room or tying my shoes, I get interrupted by important thoughts that must be pondered. I see this as a positive example of prioritizing. Continue reading “A few words in support of procrastination”