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FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Slurpee Day

by Dave Markwell A few weeks ago my son was in the kitchen pilfering through the cabinets searching for the largest container he could find. It happened to be “Bring Your Own Cup” day at 7-11 for... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Double Standard.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying dinner the other evening with my family, I began questioning my 17 year old son on his dating prospects. My queries were fairly innocent and well-intentioned…for the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hand Raisers…

by Dave Markwell Every day, in every room, hands are raised. These hands climb from the uncertain pockets or desk tops to do the difficult, but important things. While many secure their sweaty palms firmly... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Old dogs and men…

by Dave Markwell Last night, after a longer than normal day of work and meetings and just “stuff”, I opened my front door to let my dogs outside. Being uncomfortably familiar with my old dog, Diego’s,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Investments

by Dave Markwell Today, as the morning fog drifted delicately above the saltwater and the mountains above the sea shone red and orange from the sunrise, life felt pretty good. I looked out my living room... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Day After.

by Dave Markwell The day after Thanksgiving is a good day. Glorious leftovers create opportunities for many different sandwich combinations: ham and stuffing, turkey and mashed potatoes with a deviled... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

FEEL GOOD VETERAN’S DAY: Empty Plate.

by Dave Markwell A couple of years ago, after an evening out, my wife and I headed to Denny’s for the obligatory late-night gut-bombing. Per normal procedure, my wife drove as I was, once again, over-served... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Uneventful.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Uneventful.

by Dave Markwell I cleaned my kitchen this morning. I did this while warming some cinnamon rolls in the oven for my kids to enjoy on a cool and drizzly morning. Pandora radio played as I scrubbed some... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Twelve.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Twelve.

by Dave Markwell I have an alarm set on my phone for 3:30 pm. I didn’t set this alarm. I suspect my daughter set it to remind me to pick her up from school back in the days when I used to walk over... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Full Circle.

by Dave Markwell While hanging out at my buddy’s house many years ago, I stumbled into helping his mom with some yard work. I recall trimming back various trees and shrubs, all done very delicately.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Flat Rats.

by Dave Markwell While enjoying a ribald boy’s weekend experience a few weeks ago, in between beers, meat and cards, I had a conversation with a buddy. Eric, (Erock to his friends) is an old and good... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lucky.

by Dave Markwell While walking around the supermarket the other day, I saw an older, kind of chubby guy wearing a pair of blue and white striped coveralls. They weren’t the working type of coveralls.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

by Dave Markwell Life is full of hard things. Work, kids, money, fear, hope, relationships and change all serve to challenge us in ways that stretch us, sometimes uncomfortably so. The confounding element... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Banned.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Banned.

by Dave Markwell My eleven year old daughter banned me from attending her “6th Grade Breakfast” event. Her reasoning was unclear, but fear and shame seemed likely culprits. Afraid and/or ashamed of... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

by Dave Markwell “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

by Dave Markwell Bad news: You’re going to die. Good news: (at least if you’re reading this…) You’re NOT DEAD YET!! I write this as a simple statement of fact. If you’re not dead yet, it means... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

by Dave Markwell Several years ago while neglecting to appropriately monitor my young son; I heard some strange, yet familiar, noises coming from the driveway. The sound was my leaf blower pull cord being... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

by Dave Markwell Recently adding a teenage driver to my household, I have become increasingly aware of “distracted driving”. It has been VERY clearly expressed to my son that ANY whiff of him texting,... [Read more]