Gratefulness: JK Rowling

My Harry Potter fandom? It started as part protest, part curiosity with fellow Christians freaking out over the books. If it weren’t for the hysterics, I don’t think I would have started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone back in 2001... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Running

At age 42, why start running now? I wasn't sure at first... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Mark Rober

It started with making a pinewood derby car. Liam was entered into his first pinewood derby event and needed help making the car. More to the point, I needed help with showing him how to make a good car. So, I googled something and one of the top results was a Mark Rober video on how to make a pinewood derby car... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Beth Katz & Lonnie Michael

On this date two years ago, Beth Katz, Lonnie Michael, and I got together at Caffeine Dreams. Our conversations were usually a mix of thoughtful, challenging, story telling, current events, and fun.This day, a few days after Donald Trump was elected President, the conversation was going to be different. It was going to be loaded... Continue reading

Gratefulness: That One Jimmy’s Egg Meal

This past August, Jana and I took our boys to Jimmy's Egg for breakfast. We haven't gone out to eat nearly as much this past year, but we wanted to bless our boys. The past few years they've been involved with the Omaha and Bennington Public Libraries summer reading programs. At the end of the summer, they receive prizes for reading books throughout the summer. One of the prizes was a free short stack of pancakes courtesy of Jimmy's Egg... Continue reading

Gratefulness: WellCare/Medicaid

"Remember this at the ballot box."

The quote is from a church leader who said it at a staff meeting during the 2016 Presidential election. The only issue/topic that was addressed directly, to the staff, throughout the 2016 Presidential election was healthcare. It was addressed more than once. We were told "Trumpcare" would be "cheaper and better" for us once Obamacare was repealed... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Eric Carpenter

"How come you weren't at my wedding?" I didn't think Eric would notice. The fact he did notice made me smile, but then made me feel awful I wasn't there. I had planned on being there, but the previous day I had driven fourteen hours. I wanted a day to rest and get better since many in my family were dealing with sickness. The rest was needed, but when I saw Eric for the first time after he was married...I wish I would've gone. Eric was more than a friend I began to realize that day... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Fuel Saver

"It's more expensive there (at Hy-Vee)."
"It's to make you purchase things they want to sell and you don't need."
"Two cents off a gallon...big deal. Does it really matter?"

Since I resigned, I have not earned a steady paycheck. This should be obvious, but did not want to gloss over that fact... Continue reading

Gratefulness: Public Libraries

ME: How many books have you read this year?
LIAM: (checks reading log) 138, but I haven’t logged a few.

Growing up, the local library, A.V. Sorensen, was where my friends and I would play basketball. It’s not where I went to read/check out books, or do homework. There was often reading associated with homework, so I didn’t fill my spare time with reading... Continue reading

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