Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wood Yuh LIK 2 Smile

My son just told me he was thirsty.

I said to myself, “This quest for liquid refreshment is merely a ploy!” He read my mind and replied, “Dad, I’m really thirsty, I’m not lying.”

His quick defense confirmed my assumption. Have you ever felt that way? If you are a parent, I know you have. You see, the context behind the content of his statement regarding a simple request for a glass of water is this; he does not want to go to bed.

So, I, in the deep thought process to which I currently found myself lost, in an attempt to expedite our pleasantries, offered his thirst a sip of my soda. I know, bad parent. But the glass was really merely ice remnants with slightly flavored water remaining.

“I can’t drink pop, I’ll get in trouble.”

The ploy for sleep avoidance continued. And as lazy as I am, I chose not to get up and go downstairs but merely held the glass of ice-soda-water to his mouth.

“Dad, my heart will pop.”

“Huh.”

“Yes dad, if I drink soda at night my heart will pop.”

Followed by, “I’ll get in trouble.”

Dare I say, when faced with up to 30 minutes of ongoing dialogue about all things complicated, I chose the simple route.

“Here is your ice water.”

“Thanks dad”

“Now get to bed or I’ll make your butt pop.”

Friday, October 12, 2012

Holm Skooled

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso


So I aint got much to say ‘bout raisin childrens…excepting maybe this….

When we think we know the limits of our children, we may be stifling their potential. For example, if I focus on the importance of calling Lego instructions “the directions” and I stumble to correct when my son says “where’s the map?” I may be missing out on the possibilities.

Micah built these without the “directions” but he sure was good at following the “map.”

Perhaps my job isn't to teach...but to be amazed and awestruck by all of the learning.

That which we love will indeed flourish.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Anais Nin

            I can honestly say that I have never personally known Sigmund Freud, though we have at times had consistent traveling companions, comrades if you will. His contribution to the study of the mind can not be overstated and he also had some truly whacked out ideas.

It's all really just about dialectics when you think about it....

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Just Once...

Whenever a new story begins and an old story ends...good times are on the horizon.

Of courses, we all have our own perceptions and preferences and preconceived notions and...

...and I myself love stories that begin, "Once upon a time..." and somewhere down the road end, "...and they lived happily ever after."

If that's not how your story ends, it's not over yet.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Old and Dying

There is a saying that was planted by our very own poet, Robert Dylan..."those who are not busy being born are busy dying."

The voice of the revolution...and yet hunger is something that is familiar to all of us.


I just want to live a life that was well lived. I want to leave a legacy. At the very least, I want my children to never know what it is like to go to bed hungry.

But my friends, as the words of another timebound poet has spoken...if "this is the end" then by reading this...you are truly my only friend.

 I was young once...now I pray that I am not irrelevant.

Joseph