Call it potpourri if you will, or even topic soup. Our 'other' category features a dash of humor, a sprinkle of home projects and tips, and a good helping of articles not found in the other categories. Sit down and enjoy a heaping helping of intentional randomness. It's on the house!

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 […]

The 3-Day Be-Nice Challenge

Watch this video. The 3-Day Be-Nice Challenge. See you in 90 seconds.  And we’re back. Thanks. We are in the midst of the USA’s ugliest political campaign in my memory and my memory goes back to 1968. If you’d like to do the math, I was ten. According to the FBI Mass shootings have risen […]

Dad’s Guide to Making Extra Money on the Side

Paying the rent and still having money to go out with friends can be tough, especially if you’re one of the millions of college graduates struggling to find suitable employment. But fear not, because with a little willpower and elbow grease, making a little bit extra on the side is not only feasible, it can […]

Losing a Grandparent & a Safe Place

One year ago, we laid my beloved grandfather, Pop, to rest. He left an indelible and lasting mark on all those who knew and loved him; he was a man who believed in family, love, loyalty and doing the right thing, above all. He is deeply missed. For the past two months his wife, my […]

KeyKlipz Titanium Keyring Carabiner Review

Looking for a way to reduce the bulkiness of your keychain? There are several alternatives to the traditional split ring and keychain. Recently I was introduced to a keyring carabiner that has helped me streamline my set of keys. I’ve always used the traditional split ring for my keys because I didn’t trust the clip-style […]

There’s Help if Your Child is Being Bullied

Bullying is a serious, insidious problem and will probably be with us until the end of time. That’s the bad news. The good news, if there is any when it comes to bullying, is that bullying victims no longer have to suffer in silence. There is a focus on preventing bullying in our schools and […]

Tips & Thoughts for Parents of a Bully or Bullying Victim

Bullying is not an easy topic for anyone dealing with it to discuss. For our children, it’s embarrassing and hurtful. For parents, it may make you feel unequipped to handle it. But there needs to be a spirit of openness and honesty in our homes if we want our children to trust us enough to […]

I Survived Bullying

When you’re 12 or 13 and your “friends” suddenly turn on you and make you an outcast by bullying or avoidance, it’s a confusing and desperate time. Kids that age lack the emotional and mental wherewithal to understand the complexities at work. Many lack the courage to stand up and tell someone they trust about […]

Behind the Scenes at the CNN Democratic Debate

  Perhaps you saw the debate from Flint, MI on Sunday evening, March sixth? It was a debate of substance; two amicable ex-colleagues both on the hunt for the nation’s top elected office. Hillary made her points. Bernie delineated the differences between the two. I was there, stage right, first balcony, first row. Come with […]

How to Cope When Your Child Rejects the Faith

If you are a firm believer in any religion, dealing with a child who doesn’t want to believe any longer can be a painful experience. Parents bring their children up in the best way that they see fit, and for religious parents this usually means teaching their child within the guidelines and moral compass of […]