The Fight to Write

I love to write. It’s honestly one of my favorite things to do. And as much as writing is a creative outlet, I greatly enjoy the “science” behind it. Building sentences, creating paragraphs, and mapping out the emotional journey I’d like readers to embark upon. There’s also a sales component to the process. From the title […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle – Preface Excerpt

It occurred to me that perhaps it would be a good idea to include a section from the preface. The truth, however, is that I just plain forgot. Ergo, below is a selection from the preface of my book, Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle, published by McGann Publishing and available on Amazon.com Here’s what […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle – Chapter 2 excerpt

A few years back, I had cancer; specifically stage II melanoma- cancer of the melanocytes. Melanocytes are the pigment cells in the body. Wherever you have pigment, skin and eyes are the most common sites, you can develop melanoma. It’s a bugger to treat. No radiation or chemotherapies are available; surgery only. Today, only a […]

Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle. Chapter one excerpt.

A few years back, I had cancer; specifically stage II melanoma- cancer of the melanocytes. Melanocytes are the pigment cells in the body. Wherever you have pigment, skin and eyes are the most common sites, you can develop melanoma. It’s a bugger to treat. No radiation or chemotherapies are available; surgery only. Today, only a […]

A Cancer Fighter’s Playlist

On June 27, I had the privilege to speak with an old student of mine on his radio show. I left teaching in 2012, and thanks to social media, I’ve stayed in touch with many of my students. It’s a cool thing, to watch these young men and women go from squirrelly, nervous 9th graders […]

Melanoma Brought Us Together

Melanoma brought us together for the best of reasons, and the worst of reasons. This past weekend, June 17-18, was the Indianapolis-based Outrun the Sun 12th annual 5-mile for melanoma fundraising and awareness. With an array of events from a 1 km walk to the full-fledged 5-mile race, Fort Harrison State Park was where all […]

Concussions and Children: Know the Signs

Concussions - The Rookie Dad

It started as a normal day shopping at the garden center. It might have been early in the season but in the case of gardening, the early bird gets the worm. The garden center was empty with the exception of a few displays that had the cold season plants on them. We walk by one […]

Government is not a business, in 250 words.

In recent times, there has been a greater call to “run government like a business.” We need to “get rid of those politicians” and “bring in some businessmen who know how to get things done.” Here in Michigan, we did that with the election of Rick Snyder. With a B.A., an MBA, a CPA, and […]

Five Great Reasons to Visit a Dental Hygienist

Are you considering a visit to your local dental hygienist? If so, it’s a wise decision. Your local dentist will usually tell you to get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. Previously, dentists carried out the main dental procedures, but dental hygienists are now just as important. Below are some of the reasons this […]

Best Exercise to Reduce Your Cholesterol

7 Traits - Dads Round Table

High cholesterol can be deadly. Our bodies need cholesterol to make Vitamin D and cell membranes, but when there is too much cholesterol washing around in our veins and arteries, it becomes a sticky mess and plaques begin to build-up on artery walls. In time, the build-up of plaque will cause blood clots to form, […]