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Selective Service for Our Son

It’s true: Petya will turn 18 next week. According to the law, any male living in the US needs to register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of his 18th birthday. If there’s a problem, he can still apply through age 25, but after that, he could be denied different types of governmental…


Monday Mottoes – #56

Over the course of my life, I have observed certain persons succeeding at endeavors for which they are totally unsuited. Often, it came from sheer perseverance and continually trying something new. I admire the “Least Likely to Succeed” folks, knowing that, in some way, we all fit that criteria as long as we’re stretching beyond…


Monday Mottoes – #55

“You’re not from around here, are you?” one of Petya’s coworkers asked him. “Not originally,” our almost-18-year-old agreed. “Most of the guys around here don’t like to work. They like getting a paycheck, just not working….” The man was old enough to be his father, and had a 14-year-old son that he wanted Petya to…


Monday Mottoes – #53

Most of us, if we’re honest or thoughtful, know our strengths. We tend to cater to them. We revel in them, use them, polish them. But our weaknesses? Not so much. Our weaknesses fall outside of the comfort zone, requiring hard work and effort. We’d often rather hop on one good leg than limp with…


School for the FAS Student

You may be dreading it. School is starting and you have a son or daughter with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Getting them the services they need often involves an uphill battle and and Individualized Education Plan (IEP – Special Ed). Hopefully, a regular high school diploma and not an IEP diploma will be earned, since…


Monday Mottoes – #52

All it takes is for something to go wrong—the health, the career, the relationship. Suddenly, you’re thankful for what you had, or what you still have. Or, nothing goes wrong, and you’re so grateful for smooth sailing. To not be facing any immediate oppression is a blessing indeed. No projects derailed at work, no deadly…


Islamic Terrorism: Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You

Are you sick of it like I’m sick of it? Beheadings, gang rapes of hundreds, children chopped in half. A photo of a 7-year-old grinning and holding a severed head, eight family members gunned to death with an open Bible on their couch, women and children kidnapped as slaves. This is what’s happening to Christians…


Monday Mottoes – #51

We brush our teeth, we walk the dog, we grab something to eat. We field phone calls, we send e-mails, and we meet in live or video-conferencing. Every day, much is accomplished simply by putting one foot in front of the other. But what about the “optional” areas of life? You know, all of the…


The Russian Hackers

I’ve met these cyber-guys online when they tried to bring down this venerable site last year. Hack, hack, hack. You’d think they were Paul Bunyan the logger hacking away. They never gave up. We changed passwords and codes repeatedly. They tried, and tried again. It was all-out war. As though we’re anybody special. So now…


Monday Mottoes – #50

Nobody likes to see their children or loved ones go through difficult times. Yet, trying circumstances come to us all. Occasionally, they happen, as a talkative taxi driver once educated me, due to the vagaries and vicissitudes of life. However, more frequently, they happen because of our own mistakes. And that’s a difficult pill to…

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