Huitzilopochtli and Aphrodite. Some of the greatest art has come from love and conflict. The combustible combination of passionate personalities in our marriage has led to loads of both. I thought I’d share with you a sampling of the art that our relationship has brought about, both the happy stuff and the tough stuff.… [read more]

I had a list of expenses in a Google Docs spreadsheet, and those amounts were in mixed currencies: some euros (EUR), and some dollars (USD). I wanted to sum the values to see a total cost in dollars, but of course the currency exchange rates fluctuate, so my numbers will vary day to day.… [read more]

I was eating dinner with the kids. B was in the kitchen.

Katherine randomly volunteered, “When we move to the Netherlands, I’m sure gonna miss Grandma Miller!”

“Don’t worry,” I said. “She can come visit us.”

“How will she do that?” K asked incredulously.… [read more]


Thanks Aunt Candy for the link to this fascinating article. Turns out, studies show it takes at least ten thousand hours to truly master any skill. This got me thinking (with mirth, of course) about the various things to which, at twenty-eight years of age, I can truly claim mastery as defined by Malcom Gladwell.… [read more]

The Cycle
  1. Deadline looms.
  2. Paralysis ensues.
  3. All non-trivial effort ceases.
  4. Stays up too late.
  5. Delivers on deadline, barely.
  6. Is too tired to tackle backlog.
  7. Loses roughly two weeks of overall productivity.

Why is this so hard? If you are older / wiser than me, which is likely, hear me now: why do I have to beg, cajole, plead, and coerce just to get you to sit down and share with me a smidgin of the wisdom that the Good Lord, the School of Hard Knocks, the IRS, and so on have taught you?… [read more]

Having quite recently been a best man in a wedding and being currently at another wedding [at the drafting of this post], I feel I owe all of you my insight into how and how not to give a wedding toast.… [read more]

Baptist Bourbon - Elijah Craigh

While I was in NYC last week, a salesman told me a story so good I had to share it. He explained how he’d been in New Orleans on a business trip at the same time that Southern Baptists were holding a large convention in the city.… [read more]

It’s been a heck of a week-and-a-half here. Let’s recap:

– Becky had a cyst the size of a small potato (we’ll call this a boil).
– Removing the tuber-sized growth required an incision and two days hospitalization.
– Then K got a cold.… [read more]


With swine flu sweeping the globe, we’ve been encouraged to take reasonable precautions to make sure that we are not infected and to minimize the likelihood of spreading the disease if we are. My employer today sent out a document detailing the “Process to Prevent the Spread of Swine Flu.” Among the useful tips from my employer was one particularly sobering piece of advice (I am not making this up):

“Consider practicing social distancing with those who appear sick/are sick.[read more]
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