The smells of New York City are usually the butt of a joke (which is often associated with the smell of a butt). But in the spring, there is something sweet in the air. It’s surprising. There are trees that are scattered all over downtown that have this refreshing scent that overtakes your senses, your … Continue reading In NYC, spring is in the air
On our way home from school, a stream of neighborhood children cross at an intersection where a woman with a rich Latin-American accent greets every child by name as she helps them across the street every day. Dulce’s our crosswalk lady. She makes our neighborhood feel like home. Dulce’s always wearing her uniform and a … Continue reading What the crosswalk lady said unsettled me
My wife just gave birth to our second son at home (on purpose). And five days later, our pediatrician pushed us into the ER because our baby had a low temperature. We thought he was just jaundiced (something a lot of newborns get but can be easily treated with special lights). But we weren’t prepared … Continue reading Did our five-day old baby really need three spinal taps?
We become like the people with whom we surround ourselves. We are social creatures and can be influenced. We are more easily influenced than we think. I am. Who do you want to be? Do you have dreams? Aspire to something greater? You can achieve it. Whatever it is, it will require pursuit. Find the … Continue reading Do this to become the person you want to be
My wife was in our bathtub laboring. I was beside her doing my best to help. Our baby was crowning, and no one was there to help. We were two new parents having a baby in our condo, on our own. True story. But let’s back up and fill in what occurred beforehand. My wife, … Continue reading A story: Our baby was born at home, and we were alone
I used to think time was an abundant resource, almost limitless. Then I did this. I broke forty years down. There are 478 months, or 2086 weeks, or 14,600 days, or 350,400 hours in four decades. And I'm in my forties and assuming that I live to my early 80's that's how much time … Continue reading Want to make the most of your time? Do this.
Failure can sneak up on us and crush us in an instant.
It happened to me. I was fired from the only job I’ve been qualified for. And, I spiraled into a dark time of depression.
Here’s a piece on my journey.
I struggle with how to engage homeless people. That becomes even more complicated with my son. But, here's a short meditation of an engagement we had with a man while my son and walking in our neighborhood.
Death seems so distant, abstract, removed. Then someone close to you dies. And everything changes. My dad died when I was eight years old. He was the strongest person that I knew. He worked hard. But, he also knew how to have a great time. It was rare when friends didn't surround him. He became … Continue reading Reflections on the death of my father
I lost 50 pounds by my forties. And I feel the best I've felt in years. It has been quite a journey, and my purpose of sharing this isn't to tell you how great I am. I'm not that great. Instead, I hope you will see that anyone can achieve a healthy lifestyle by … Continue reading Being the most fit in my life in my forties