The Meaning of Life

meaning “What’s the meaning of life?” The question floated my way from the back seat. It was lobbed to me by my sole passenger whom I had just retrieved from a birthday party at Lil’ Ninjas. He’s 8. I thought he was being silly. “What do you think the meaning of life is?” I tossed back with a little wink in the rear-view mirror. “I don’t know,” he replied. “That’s why I asked you.” He was serious. Apparently he really wanted to know. I thought for a minute. I might have even hummed an audible “hmmmm….” as I considered the best way to answer such a grand question from a little kid who apparently was thinking big thoughts. How do you answer a question like that? For an eight-year-old? For myself? Big language won’t work – even if

USA Today: Graduates, Listen to your mom: Column

USA-today-grad2 USA Today was kind enough to share a little carpool commencement speech. Here’s a snippet and a link to read the rest. What advice would you add? (Join the conversation here OR better yet on the USA Today site.) With a 600-word limit – and an editor that made a few changes – I was a bit limited in what I could include. But what can an unknown do but say/shout THANKS! Advice from commencement speakers is one thing. But your mom knows you best. Young men and women of 2015, I would say, my chief counsel is this: Take the good from headline speakers — and from anyone else who impresses you — but use them to add to who you are, and not to subtract from how you see yourself. As a dark-horse commencement speaker, I would give three pieces of advice: 1) Dare to not compare. Give up the impulse to measure up. Comparison is like an electric

The Glimpse … and Awards

real life With five kids, not only have the last few weeks been filled with projects, exams, plans, costumes, banquets and like … but award ceremonies. So far, I’ve attended 2 banquets and 3 ceremonies with 2 more to go. At one of the award celebrations, a gal I don’t know very well tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “This is your book!” She and her husband were sitting behind my friend and me, watching every kid but their own bound up the stage. “You know – I’m happy for you?” And she laughed – sort of. She was right. Every parent in the large auditorium was doing their best to be happy for kid after kid racing up the stage-stairs to receive their medal(s). After the first round, the stair race began to sound like a musical-percussion concert as the medals of multiple award winners

May Madness – Tournament Bracket

May Madness Despite my letter a couple weeks ago politely asking May to take a small break this year, the month has come on with its usual vigor. So rather than sink into the stress, why not have a little fun. Welcome to the 1st Annual May Madness Office Pool … or since we know that our cars are our offices, the 1st Annual May Madness Car-Pool. This tournament’s first rounds have come and gone (May’s crazy that way.) And, we’re waiting for one last Elite 8 face-off to produce a winner in order to get to our Final Four. Just to recap how the teams have fared thus far: Sweet 16 & Elite 8: As was expected, Orthodontist Appointment lost out to No.1 Seed, Teacher Gifts. OA, normally overlooked and quite often forgotten, was thrilled to make it to the tournament this year. But highly favored TG quickly swept past the easily-rescheduled
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