Category Archives: family

Idolatry and Hiding from the Fall of Heroes

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks for the things and people that love us, those that keep us safe, and quite often those that inspire us. That inspiration can come in many forms: people that make us laugh and sing, that bring us a fresh perspective, show tremendous compassion, or show us the heights […]

3 months since Ironman signup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s more like 3 and a half months since signing up for Ironman Boulder, with another 8 to go, and high time to do some introspection. Okay, I do almost constant introspection. Let’s call this public introspection. I count 6 distinct disciplines in Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness, Nutrition, and Work/Life Balance. Anyone who tells […]

Spaceshifting the Treehouse

6pm at the dinner table. “Why can’t I get on your server?” asks my 11-year old daughter of my 14-year old son. “Because it’s just for me, Kinsey and Patrick and my close friends” is his quick response. With that one statement I realize how easily and deeply my children can shift between the real […]

Ante up, bitches .. doh, I’ve done something silly

I’ve been playing with fire ever since one fateful night sitting at a bar talking with one of my wife’s friends about doing an Ironman. I think we all look at athletic accomplishments with a sense of awe and they are certainly inspirational. For me that translates into envisioning myself accomplishing the same thing, maybe […]

Panga Boats, Nova Scotia and a Reprise of the Banana Fleet

When we moved our family from the Dallas area to Goleta last summer I was immediately struck by the things that tied it back to my ancestral home in Nova Scotia, Canada. On a cool foggy morning in Goleta the air tastes the same as what I grew up with on the South Shore. ‘Goleta‘ […]

Thanksgiving, Sarasota and Ties to the Past

This year’s Thanksgiving found me thinking about my family in Canada and my family tree. Armed with the interwebs I proceeded searching for the names of relatives on Ancestry.com. I signed up for the trial and promptly cancelled it after thinking through the financial part of things. A little more searching landed me at FamilySearch.org: […]