Ballard quits NFL for good…reasons

I read a great Man on the Run-type of story this week: Minnesota Vikings’ standout, Christian Ballard, just quit the NFL. A 24-year-old man living his childhood dream and making almost $700,000/yr. walked away from professional sports. Why? Other things mattered more. Ballard told USA TODAY Sports: “Making that much money—that was fun. But money [Read More...]

5 Dumb Things I Did (Or Almost Did) In Past 10 Days


1. Chased a mouse in my boot: On Monday night, I slipped on my Muck Boots to grab some wood for the fireplace. When I stepped into the garage, I heard a squeak. Another mouse, you’ve got to be kidding me, I thought. I went into hunt-mode, flipped on the light, and looked around. Nothing. [Read More...]

Becoming a Palpable Presence in Our Children’s Lives

father and children

Some dads are present sometimes. Some are absent. And then some are palpable presences in their children’s lives. I love how Nathan Miller describes Theodore Roosevelt’s father in his book, Theodore Roosevelt: A Life: No one had a greater influence upon his namesake. By example and instruction, he imbued Theodore, Jr., with a strong sense [Read More...]

Teaching Kids To Be Busy

teaching busyness

What’s the main thing we’re passing on to our children? A conversation I had with a friend, Doug, a few weeks ago nailed me to the wall and raised an important question. Doug and I had been playing basketball with a handful of guys. After the game, he asked me if we could talk for [Read More...]