The test we’d all like to pass but few are willing to take

Chile weather
Screenshot yesterday in prep for today’s trip.


The test we’d all like to pass but few are willing to take…

Be willing to put yourself in a real position where you may have to die to save someone else.

Today is Veterans Day 2018.

Facebook is flooded with people reminding their friends of this (did any of us not know?) and sharing photos of their parents and grandparents in uniform.

Are there any of us that didn’t have Family and relatives who served?

My Father-In-Law in WWII and my Dad in the Korean War, for starters.

In preparation to fly to Santiago, Chile tonight, i will fly over some of the least desirable places to raise a Family.

i start every day on my knees – since our son was born in 2000 – because we come to know the true meaning of Veterans Day when we learn to celebrate it every day.


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Greater things than these?

American Flag
Recent photo outside our garage.


Greater things than these?

That’s what Jesus said, “Greater things than these shall be done”.

This may be the time we could use some “greater things”.

i vow to do my part.

i may fail and look like a fool or zealot.

Would you die for someone you love more than anything in the world, like your child for example?

And would you change your mind based on their sexuality being LGBT and you had’t known before?

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We Talked About It

Carter 2008 on Sanibel Island
Carter 2008 on Sanibel Island

Are there things in your life that are difficult to talk about? Things that scare you to talk about?

Me too. But not as much lately. Why? Because of things that have happened and the lessons learned.

Namely, becoming a parent. And thinking about the type of parent a child should have, there are a few key concepts that seem all too obvious to practice well.

Being honest.

On our sunset walk the other night, with our Dog, our son and I talked about random things. Clouds. The sky’s color. The cold air. His “winter” clothing. Sounds we heard. Jokes. Junk.

And then for some reason, as we were turning off the road and through the woods to our house, I saw Carter, our yellow Lab (10), come following behind us.

“You know Carter’s not going to live forever, right? All things die. Carter will die some day. You know this right?”

It felt like the right moment to say that, mostly because of a recent conversation with a death expert.

This “death expert” works in Hospice and Palliative Care. She mentioned that her vision would be that everyone in her community would “die well”, not just her company’s “customers”.

It hit me in a weird, but glorious sort of way. Her honesty. Her frankness. Her ease in talking about death.


If we are aware and not too afraid, we can help Carter die well. We should start thinking about it before we need to.

Same goes for humans.