Married to my best friend. Father to five exuberant children. Fledgling entrepreneur. Writer. Software developer. Inventory management expert.
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Little Kavita Laghari was born in Shanivarasanthe, India in 1941 — the first child born in the village that year. Her mother came from a royal bloodline that was ousted by Ahmad Yar Khan when he took over the rule of Baluchistan (now in Pakistan) in 1933. They sold what they could and used the money to get as far away as possible, even though travel under British rule was difficult. Their money was nearly exhausted when they arrived in Shanivarasanthe in the Southern Indian district of Kodagu, Karnataka.

Being royalty was the only skill Kavita’s parents had. They spent…


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In 63 BC, Pompey laid siege to Jerusalem. 70 years later, the Romans are still in charge, oppressing the people; only allowing most of them to eek out a meager existence.

A warm summer breeze blows from the South, carrying the distinct scent of the fish markets around the Sea of Galilee to the surrounding hillside. Hundreds of people are seated in a semi-circle listening to a man most only know as an itinerate preacher, a man called Jesus from Nazareth, as he teaches what would be known more than a millennia later as the Beatitudes.

As his sermon draws…


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Disclaimer: I think life coaches, health coaches, business coaches — the good ones anyway — are worth every penny they’re paid to help people feel good about themselves and what they are accomplishing. However, so many of them have the same thing in common. I’ll get to that in just a moment.

My wife is a health coach, and a pretty good one at that. She has a large clientele. She has made helping people find purpose in their health journey her mission. She has been blessed with a gift for relating to people. I applaud her for her work.


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In case it’s not obvious, I’m definitely not a graphic artist. Nonetheless, it is an original.

For anyone over about the age of 9, undergoing a tonsillectomy can be a major ordeal. I’ve heard tales of adults who are essentially incapacitated by the procedure for a month or longer. Compare that to younger children, particularly those 5 and younger, who can bounce back in a few days, and be completely healed in under two weeks.

When my oldest daughter was 13 years old, she had to have her tonsils removed. We knew it would be a rough experience, but we had no idea how bad it was going to be.

The first day, before the intravenous…


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I’m definitely not a hand/wrist model or a great graphic editor. But, this is an actual image of me wearing an Amazon Halo.

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Recently, I signed up to participate in the Amazon Halo’s early release program. According to Amazon’s website, the Amazon Halo is a “Health and Wellness Tracker” that can “measure body composition, activity, sleep, and tone of voice.”

Some people might use the term revolutionary to describe the device because it doesn’t have a face on which to view your vitals and it makes use of microphones to track your vocal inflections to see if it can accurately guess your mood.


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A 1970s picture of three late heroes in my life: Vera Burton Pace, my paternal grandmother (left), Pamela Colclough Pace, my mother (center), and Delores Fern Brewster Colclough, my maternal grandmother (right).

A few days ago, one of my children practically insisted that we watch “Avengers: End Game”. Again. At this point, there are large segments of the movie I can quote. Sometimes in my sleeep.

I admit, I love a good superhero movie. There’s great escape watching beings with fantastic powers defeat other-worldly foes. A well-crafted movie offers many opportunities to suspend disbelief and get sucked into the drama and action.

It’s perhaps too easy, however, to lose ourselves in a world of make believe; where the “good team” always triumphs and all the heroes — well, most of them anyway…


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There are 9 major parts to a human eye: the Sclera (that’s the white part), the Cornea (a window, of sorts, that covers the iris and pupil), the Pupil (where the light gets in), the Iris (the eye’s shutter), the Lens (the part that focuses the light), the Retina(a ten-layer membrane of cells that detect light and transform it into electrical impulses), the Macula (part of the Retina that receives the light focused by the Lens), the Optic Disk (the entry point of the Optic Nerve into the eye) and the Optic Nerve (the part that carries the electrical signals…


A small, blue suitcase with “I’m Going to Grandma’s” printed on the front.
A small, blue suitcase with “I’m Going to Grandma’s” printed on the front.
A suitcase given to me when I was 5 years old.

When I was 5 years old, my parents gave me the blue suitcase pictured above. As a 5-year old, it was a prized possession. We made a regular practice of staying with my mom’s sister — who never married nor had any children of her own — on weekends. Well into my teenage years, I used this little, blue suitcase to pack my clothes for the overnight stay with our favorite aunt. (I know, you’re not supposed to have favorites, but I spent orders of magnitude more time with this aunt than any other.)

Also well into my teenage years…


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Albert Einstein, arguably one of the most intelligent and creative thinkers of the last 200 years was born March 14, 1879. His theories of special and general relativity dramatically changed our view of the universe.

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 (interestingly, during a terrible lightning storm). Tesla invented the first alternating current (AC) motor and developed AC generation and transmission technology along with hundreds of other inventions (most of which he never benefitted from financially).

Just a few years before Tesla, Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847. Edison has been described as “America’s greatest inventor”…


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I love the smell of books, particularly old ones. There is something almost reverent about taking a well-worn book in my hands and leafing through its pages. There is also an excitement to opening a newly printed book for the first time and feeling the crispness of the pages.

I’m not a digital native. I’m old enough to remember when my dad purchased our very first Atari 400. He used to write computer games for K through 6 schools in the school district where he also worked as a teacher.

As technology has become ubiquitous in our lives, printed books…

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