It’s March. All the color is motivating me to get out of my winter funk. 

In the darkness of winter, many of us have been focusing on where were going with goals and intentions. Some of us have probably already lost or tossed a few of our goals and are feeling the need for something motivating. 

Stop. Just stop the madness for a bit. Here’s an idea: Why don’t we all just get lost for a few days?  

Because sometimes, getting lost leads to getting found. 

Though our kids have been out of the house for a few years now, I still remember vividly some of the more dramatic disagreements we had. Oh, let me call it what it was: They were fights. Not of the physical variety, but our war of words and very loud emotional outbursts were full of fireworks.  

When the kids were young, these conflicts were pretty much the same. Disagreement. Loud conflict. Punishment. Normally it was us, parents, punishing the kids. Emotions would calm, and we went back to normal. There were no hidden agendas. No leftover baggage. But as our kids moved into their teen years, conflicts became more complex. Silence. Subtle disrespect. Emotional outbursts out of nowhere. And the uncertainty of what to say and do became far more common.  

Parenting teens can be tough.  

It never fails. 

When he first walks into our home after school, my Little finds his way to our snack cabinet. One bag of potato chips, popcorn, or pretzels later, with a few juice boxes to boot, I find myself face to face with a crumb covered six-year-old asking me when dinner will be ready. 

For the past couple of years, I’ve composed updates on the current status of the vaping issue that by now you are probably very well aware of. If not, you can easily google “Juul” or “E-Cigs” or go to previous installments of this column on Druid City Living’s website.  

 

And as I say every year: If you’ve got a child or a grandchild in school, you should probably read this.  

Happy 2020! With a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Have you made a resolution to be fit this year? If so, you’re in good company. For good reasons, getting in shape tops many resolution lists. We know that it is associated with myriad benefits to our health and wellness.  

Yeah, I know you didn't ask. Yet you continue to flip to this page to read this ridiculous op-ed month and after month. It’s your own fault. You have only yourself to blame. 

And no… this is not an expert in the field of psychology throwing these half-baked ideas at you for no good reason. This is just a normal (or slightly abnormal), everyday guy throwing half-baked ideas at you for a good reason. So, just enjoy and take them for what they are. Besides, you pay for what you get… and this newspaper is free

In its 11 seasons on air, I’m sure many or most of you have caught an episode of TV’s Shark Tank. Entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to the “Sharks” – a panel of “self-made, filthy-rich investors” – seeking a Shark’s investment in exchange for equity in their venture.

The entrepreneurs have given everything they have to this idea. Many quit their jobs, have taken out loans, invested their life-savings; they’ve given everything because they believe their idea is something worth it - but without an investor to help them grow their visibility, sales, or marketing – most can’t continue. Their future hangs upon their moment in “the Tank.”

The holiday season can cause anxiety for everyone, but that’s especially so for those of us with the title “Mom” (or “Mother” or “Ma” or “Mama”), “Grandma,” “Auntie”… you get the idea. There are decorations to hang, gifts to buy, meals to cook, and family to host. Right? 

We’re just too darn simple. I know… it’s maddening. 

For the most part, men are notoriously difficult to buy presents for. Why? Because if we need something, we just go get it. It’s not categorized as a “shopping trip” or an “outing with the dudes” or “Boy Time.” It’s not a glorified event. It’s never something special. It’s literally a stop off at the Lowe’s or the Home Dump or the Tractor Supply or the Weed and Feed and Seed to get precisely (and only) what we need. 

Got it. Done. Outta here. 

The world is full of characters. This holiday season, many of us with gather with our special characters. I thought with all the heavy going on in the world we could look at our family members with a light-hearted attitude. 

As you encounter many of these characters during holiday gatherings, think about all the things you can learn from them. No matter where they are going, they are always trudging forward. 

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