Try Before You Buy

You see a car you like in the lot and the salesman, all smiles, hands you the keys and says, “Take it for a test drive. No obligation.” You’re delighted because you know you’re not…

Managing Your Defiant Spouse

First of all, let me say that I have my wife’s permission to write this blog. I told her the title I had planned, and I told her the content. I explained that it was…

How to Make It Work

This May my wife and I will be celebrating our 27th anniversary. I’d like to say that our marriage has lasted because I am such an expert on interpersonal relationships, but the sad truth is…

Trick or Treat

I was brooding on something that I had asked my wife to do several weeks ago that she hasn’t done yet. I was going to mention it again to her, but then I thought, It’s…

Spiritual Intelligence

As the story goes, a successful businessman from New York is vacationing with his family at a coastal resort in Mexico.  While he is relaxing on the beach, he notices a local fisherman coming ashore…

Death and Taxes

A man in Austin, Texas, today flew his small plane into an IRS building, killing himself and possibly one person on the ground, damaging the building, sending people to hospital, and traumatizing hundreds of spectators…

Family Day

Today was a statutory holiday where I live.  We have this thing called Family Day, which I thought was just a Canadian thing but according to Wikipedia is a holiday in South Africa, Alberta, Ontario,…

Valentine’s Day

As Valentine’s Day approaches, you will find me at some point slipping quietly into my favourite florist and reemerging with a large bundle of red roses.  I’ve been doing this every year, without fail, for…

Tips for Parents of Teens

Does a teenager grace your life?  Perhaps more than one? If you have a particularly, let’s say, gifted, or perhaps spirited teen, if you find that you’re losing more sleep now than you did when…