Every American has been impacted by the CODIV-19 virus and our national and local response to it. The last several weeks have created a great deal of unexpected change and uncertainty in a very short period, which can leave any one of us feeling a bit unnerved. 

Though circumstances can seem daunting, each of us has dealt with difficult and uncertain situations at other points in our lives. One of your strongest assets in dealing with the suddenness and comprehensiveness of this change is knowing that, though the nation going through it all together is something that has not been experienced since WWII, you as an individual have survived and conquered other trying times, perhaps even on multiple occasions.  

“I’m sorry son, I just don’t have time to do that right now.” How many times have we uttered some form of this phrase to a family member? Now insert the quarantine. Many of us are flooded with more home hours than we ever thought possible. I find myself asking, “Now what? How do I begin this trend of quality time? Why does this feel so unnatural? Who are these kids? Who am I? What store is running a great deal on tablets?”  

All these questions have raced through my mind at some point since March 16. Maybe you’ve experienced them as well.  

There are plenty of Monday morning quarterbacks to go around. 

At the time this masterful composition was being carefully constructed (mid-April), the common theme among the talking heads was whether or not the President, the Governors, the Mayors, the (insert elected official you randomly want to blame here) acted swiftly enough to the Covid-19 outbreak. The simple answer is likely “no.” But as always, the simple answer almost never covers the complexity of the issue. And in this case, it doesn't even come close. 

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.”

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