Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to ‚Äúcapture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging

Writing from the Heart

A few years ago I wrote a post about our youngest son Pat, after he had received an award from the¬†Williams Syndrome Association. It was a proud day for all of us, and in the years since, Pat has only added to the places he's traveled to, the friends he has made, the concerts he … Continue reading Writing from the Heart

The Power of Poetry

I'll admit that I wasn't much into poetry growing up. In school, it seemed as if poetry was used as the vehicle to enhance our memorization skills, and that was fine with me. I found memorizing poems easy; understanding what the poet was trying to say, impossible. So once I finished high school, I probably … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

A Tuk Tuk Here, and a Tuk Tuk There, Here a Tuk, There a Tuk, Everywhere a Tuk Tuk

It's been our favorite form of transportation in Bangkok, the simple Tuk Tuk. When my sons came back from Thailand a few years ago, they talked about using tuk-tuks to get around. I wasn't really sure what they were, but I pictured some guy either standing in front of a two-seat contraption either pulling them … Continue reading A Tuk Tuk Here, and a Tuk Tuk There, Here a Tuk, There a Tuk, Everywhere a Tuk Tuk

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know The classic song from the Clash has been on my mind in recent days. As many readers may know, I am in Singapore with my wife and youngest son for about 10 weeks, … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Outdone Once Again, This Time by a Nine-Year Old

A couple of days ago I wrote about how I thought I was pretty good at planking, going for almost five minutes. That sense of superiority went completely away when I read that the current world record is over 10 hours. And just a few weeks ago I wrote about how I had successfully relearned … Continue reading Outdone Once Again, This Time by a Nine-Year Old

What Your Fingers Reveal About You

OK. I'll admit it. I had a momentary lapse in judgment. When that crucial moment came for me to act, I was weak. I had reached the end of reading a news article on my phone and when I got to the end there were several links for other articles to read. The vast majority … Continue reading What Your Fingers Reveal About You

What’s Your Desert Island Book?

This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?

A Pencil Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Pencils have been around for hundreds of years, and still show no signs of fading away. Their most obvious usages for pencils are writing, erasing, and drawing, but there is so much more to this simple invention. For example, pencils could be used for: racing. I clearly remember having pencil races in grade school, seeing … Continue reading A Pencil Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Some First Impressions of Singapore

Warning: I enjoy reading travel essays where people share their travel experiences. The photos and the writing often make me feel like I am there. I just want to let you know up front, this post will fall far short of those wonderful travelogues. My wife, son, and I are fortunate to be spending the … Continue reading Some First Impressions of Singapore