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Today, You. Tomorrow, Me.

Help others. I would give you an essay or story about this but honestly I can’t delve into this topic better than this amazing story I read many, many, years ago: Just about every time I see someone I stop. I kind of got out of the habit in the last couple of years, moved […]

Dreams (the sequel)

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” -Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture Poppi wrote to you many years ago about dreams. He wrote to you, encouraging you to live your life in constant pursuit of your dreams. He wrote about taking time to dream and then making your […]


One of the things that makes life so amazing is that it is finite. If we lived forever, we would be in no hurry to try new things because there would always be a chance to do so in the future. We wouldn’t need to mend fences or really have any sense of urgency for […]

Will other people do the right thing?

Not everyone in the world is inclined to do the right thing. Or, as Poppi once put it, they don’t necessarily prefer to do things right OR to do the right thing. Some people are simply selfish jerks. It sucks, but you just have to accept it and do what you believe to be right. […]

Humans Need Not Apply

I’m a fan of a youtube series that is popular these days by someone who calls himself “CGPGrey”.  Who knows if any of that will be around when you read this, but I’d like to bring up a topic that CGPGrey did a video about: jobs disappearing as they become automated. It is currently summer […]


You’re big on superheroes at this point in your life.  The Flash is your favorite, but you love them all.  With that in mind, I’d like to share a bit of wisdom from a superhero movie: Batman Begins (2005). In the movie, Bruce Wayne thinks he has lost everything he is working for and has […]

From Grandma: A story about Poppi

Wesley’s Grandfather, Les, was a young business executive-in-training with the Higbee Company in Cleveland, Ohio. This was in the 1960’s. He was inquisitive, very smart, and was liked by the Executive Vice President for whom he worked, so he was permitted to be involved in many business transactions that a young executive-in-training might not usually […]


You’re a curious kid.  You ask more questions that most kids your age, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.  You ask questions when we’re in the car.  you ask questions when we’re eating dinner.  You ask questions when we’re saying goodnight. Sometimes I assume you’re asking questions just to avoid something.  For example, I think you […]


Time is a finite thing.  We can replace material objects and earn more money but we cannot replace time.  Once it’s gone, it’s gone. You will never be a kid again and I will never get a chance to be your dad again.  I won’t get a do-over for all of this and neither will […]

The Mirror

As I put you to bed recently, you asked me to give you a minute before you crawled into the cardboard spaceship we’ve temporarily setup in your room.  Intrigued by your request, I stepped back and watched to see what you needed “a minute” for. You didn’t make me wonder – you narrated your actions […]