Soccer, Disc Golf, and the Present Moment

I recently listened to a fascinating podcast episode about near-death experiences. The guest (an author on a new book about the topic) had no firm conclusions about what follows death–just a string of interesting coincidences–but he did learn a lesson about life: The present moment is incredibly precious, yet we miss out on it. I’ve … Read more

Can You Handle the Heat?

Perhaps I’m stating the obvious here, but I’m very concerned about how hot the world becoming. We’ve known about global warning for a long time, and now we’re really starting to feel it. Movies have shown us a few different versions of this future. There’s Furiosa, which I watched recently from the comfort of an … Read more

If You Gave a Commencement Speech, What Would You Say?

It’s graduation season, which means we get to see commencement speeches on YouTube from a variety of celebrities and dignitaries. I’ve enjoyed watching a few of them, including most recently Marques Brownlee’s 7-minute speech. I’m now curious: If you had 7 minutes to give a commencement speech to your college or high school, what would … Read more

How Do You Recharge?

I spent the last 4 days at an amazing gaming convention here in St. Louis called Geekway to the West. I’ve used the word “intense” to describe my experience at the convention, as I’m often learning games back-to-back-to-back and interacting with many different people in and between the games. My brain and energy are on … Read more

10 Things I Can’t Live Without

The title of this post is a misnomer. I can live without these things, and I try not to get caught up in materialism (which is difficult with my love of tabletop games!). That said, I recently enjoyed watching some of the “10 Things I Can’t Live Without” videos on GQ’s YouTube channel. They feature … Read more

Dad’s 70th Birthday

Today would have been my dad’s 70th birthday if cancer hadn’t gotten him in early 2022. I called my mom to celebrate and mourn together, and we tried to imagine what Dad would have done today. Probably spent some time outside working on yard, perhaps taking a walk. Maybe visiting with the grandkids. And almost … Read more