Citizen, Father, Human, Husband

Choosing joy, when looking for joy is harder

When it's harder than ever to choose joy, we risk accepting its absence. That can become a self-fulfilling prophecy of joyless days. We may fuel a vicious cycle dragging us further and further away from joy. But, when we make the effort to look for joy, we increase our chances of breaking our self-inflicted prisons… Continue reading Choosing joy, when looking for joy is harder

Husband, Musician

Admiration for amateurs

Sometimes we'll see a next-door-neighbor type everyman doing something -- for their job, as a hobby, in an instructional video¬† -- and think, "That's easy, I could do that." Or even, "They're screwing that up; I'd be much better." Entire TV series and YouTube channels, from gameshows to reality shows, are partially based on this… Continue reading Admiration for amateurs

Father, Husband, Son

Family laughter around the TV

It's surprising these days how much active fun can be had by getting the family together in front of the television. Growing up, we'd gather around the TV to watch favorite weekly sitcoms together. Even though some of the jokes went over the heads of us kids, enough landed for us all to share the… Continue reading Family laughter around the TV