May 17, 2021

Honor to Our Veterans and Their Families

On this special day of remembrance, we once again pause to give thanks and honor to all veterans and their families. Your sacrifices are noted, even if not fully understood, and we are grateful.

From the Philosopher Andy Rooney’s Lips to Our Ears

In many ways, Andy Rooney is a modern day philosopher for me. I don’t agree with anyone all of the time…not even myself. But, I do agree with each of the statements below, and the older I get the more I agree. Mr. Rooney has a special way with words―let his musings marinate this week. […]

Contentious Times in a Bipolar World

Although we have always had disagreements with those around us, if we are to believe the “media” we live in contentious times in a bipolar world. I agree that many of us reflect this type of polemic existence, and yet, we say we long for peace. We experience this in our homes, in our societies […]

There is Nothing Permanent Except Change

You’ve heard the quote from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “There is nothing permanent except change.” Well then, how can we better understand change within the systems we find ourselves a member? Our systems are environments such as our work places, churches, governments and most importantly…our family. This topic is a question that prompted Kurt Lewin, […]

The Target as a Portable Model

Let’s use the target as a portable model. Effective and portable models help in our understanding of just about anything and they enable us to pick them up and take them with us. A target, for instance, has a center that we refer to as the “bull’s-eye.” Any time we’re able to hit the target, […]

The Premack Principle a.k.a. Grandma’s Rule

There is a rather simple natural principle that is at the heart of many solutions to our problems. “Grandma’s Rule” is the colloquial name for the formal “Premack Principle.” It connotes a commonsense and practical natural principle…which it is. Simply put, it says that when you pair an activity of low interest and reward with […]

Dangerous Times: The Lighthouse and the Seagull

It’s time for all parents and grandparents to make a stand! Our children―of all ethnicity and cultures―are at great risk and many have already succumbed to the pressures of popular media, reckless purveyors of divisive propaganda, poverty, ignorance and family disintegration …to name a few. Individually, we will not be able to reverse these pressures. […]

The Adolescent Brain

During the past three to four years, neuroscience research (brain studies) involving adolescents have provided new and important information that should help us better understand their behaviors. For example, developmentally the adolescent brain is different than the child and adult brain. Here are a few of the findings: The adolescent brain matures intellectually before it […]

Abiding in Nature with Independence

The power of God’s natural principles is embedded in the document of 237 years ago…the words of the Declaration of Independence.   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit […]

Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan

Is it time to develop your “Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan,” moms and dads? Let me make a suggestion or two and let’s keep it simple and on point. Your job is to set up and manage the environment effectively so your children can make good choices. This will take a plan with a reasonable structure that […]