He Was Here A Minute Ago

BMX Bike - Akron OhioI lost my cousin Shawn Steinmetz this week. He was 33, and has two very young daughters. It was a freak bike accident. He was here a few weeks ago for my nieces graduation party, and now he's gone. I don't have all the details, and in reality it doesn't matter.

Hug your kids. Call your parents. Love the one your with.

Speaking of Love…

On the way to Podcamp Ohio the Nurse (my girlfriend) and I drove to Columbus and listened to a book (something like saving your marriage before it even starts). Once again I hear how a man needs to make the woman feel cherished. To do this he has to give up anything she asks for. Then because she loves him, she will give it back. This seems inefficient. Why not just believe me, and we can bypass the giving and giving back. I guess it doesn't work that way.

UPDATE
Please note: At the end of this podcast I mention how you “have to give up everything.” This is NOT what the book states. This is the “warped” version in my head. The bottom line is a relationship is give and take. My whole comment was its funny how you may need to give up something to show a woman that she is special, and important – and then she will give it back (and that this seems like alot of work to end up where you started).

Here is the Book
Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

The Christmas Tree From Hell

My Grandfather was one of the first people to have an artificial tree. He had a unique way of decorating it. It sticks in my mind even though it was so many years ago.

Music “What Child is This” Jimme Bratcher www.jimmiebratcher.com from the Podsafe Music Network music.podshow.com

Feeling Homeless

HomelessMissing the days of comforters and hot chocolate. The joys of living out of a suitcase are slowy eroding my attitude. We take for granted that “Ahhhhh…” feeling of wlking into our homes. Until you don't have one (or at least one that is truly yours, where you can put some roots down…)

I really hesitated putting out this (and a few other) episodes as they've all been kind of “downers” so I put this out for anyone else who might not be feeling as “Up” as they would like to say “Hey you're not the only one.” Hang in there. If it weren't for Mountains we'd never have to learn how to climb.

Music – Jim Suhler “Trying to Get Back Home.” From the Podsafe Music Network at music.podshow.com  Buy the CD and Listen to Samples at cdbaby.com

Don’t Forget Mother’s Day

Mother's DayI tell the story of buying a dress for my Mother's 59th birthday. Little did I know that she would be wearing it to her funeral.

Now you may wondering why I would share such a personal tale. Because there are plenty of you who have Mothers and ignore them on Mother's Day. You're too busy to put any real time into a gift, a special thought, or card.  Maybe you throw her a gift card. I'm telling you that while you have the chance to do more than buy her flowers – DO IT. You'll be glad you did.

For there to be a shadow there must first be a light…
– The Mom

Mother's day is May 13th in the US.

Music from the Podsafe Music Network 
“Mother” from Kevin Reeves

Buy the CD at CDBaby.com“Elegy by Gabriel Faure” by Cello Journey