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Saturday, February 27, 2021

About five years ago, oh sheesh almost six years ago now, Heather brought up the idea of sponsoring an exchange student. I have to admit that I was NOT keen on the idea of another human living in our house, let alone someone we did not...

 

Friday, February 19, 2021

I was asked recently to write about what it means to me to serve in the Air Force, and, in general, what it means to be a Veteran. Frankly, I’m not ready to write to you about that just yet. However, I’m also often asked,...

 

Saturday, February 13, 2021

I have to admit that I struggled deciding on a topic for this week’s thoughts for you. I didn’t want to choose the obvious topics of Valentine’s Day or President’s Day, but everything else I read this past week...

 

Friday, February 5, 2021

For those of you who have read my weekly thoughts I send and post, one topic I seem to circle back to occasionally is how to keep yourself safe from fraud or cyber criminals. I try to find good, useful information to share with you to...

 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Rachel asked me this morning “Dad, what are you writing about this weekend?” I told her I’m attempting to intertwine the work of an Austrian holocaust survivor, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, with that of a 1993...

 

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

When I was a kid, I saw George Carlin do a stand-up bit on “stuff”. He went on and on in his manner about all the stuff adults accrue over time. I remember laughing and thinking it amusing. If you want to listen, this is...

 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

If you’ve been reading my weekly thoughts over the past nine months, you probably have figured out I’m somewhat of a history nut. I’m not sure why but I am. I like learning details of historical events that...

 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Did you have any travel plans in 2020 that were canceled due to Covid? I did. When Heather and I got married twenty years ago, we never took a honeymoon. The reason was largely due to a teacher getting married during the school year....

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Happy New Year! I was asked recently if I had any New Year’s Resolutions. My reply was simply, “No. I don’t like to be disappointed so early in a New Year.” That brought some chuckles followed by a discussion...

 

Monday, December 28, 2020

So Hannukah and Christmas day have passed, and I hope you were able to enjoy old traditions, and maybe even begin new ones. But I am curious: what is your favorite Christmas time movie? Yes, I really would like a reply. I want to know...

 

Monday, December 21, 2020

Have you ever heard of Raddish for kids? If not, allow me to enlighten you. Every month we receive a box in the mail (about the size of a shoe box) which contains recipes that kids can make. There are some other fun items in the boxes...

 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

In our family, specifically to Heather and myself, we inadvertently started our own Christmas tradition 24 years ago. Technically it is English Toffee but it has become more commonly known as “Merckens Toffee”, “when...

 

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Most of the past week I have been doing my own version of “tree bathing”. (If you missed my previous article on this topic you can find it on my website, www.theFPGgroup.com, or on my Facebook page. It’s titled...

 

Saturday, November 28, 2020

This morning Heather asked “what are you writing about today?” I replied “a financial therapist and a rabbi!” I wish I could accurately describe the look on my wife’s face. I’m not sure if she was...

 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Here we are: 41 days until the New Year. How are you doing? When I began my weekly writing last April, I had three goals to achieve: be positive; be helpful; be entertaining. If I’m able to accomplish all three in one writing...

 

Saturday, November 14, 2020

When I woke up this morning and looked outside, there was “frost on the pumpkins” as my grandparents would say. That phrase meant a lot to me growing up: fall is in full swing; hunting seasons have begun (and the weather is...

 

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Feeling much anxiety over the past week? Worrying about what our new Government might look like, what officials might do? Do you feel like our system is broken or has never been this bad? This weekend I’ve divided my thoughts...

 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Samhain! Some weekends when I sit down to write to you, I struggle with a topic. I try to read a lot during the week and sometimes nothing hits me as being “worth sharing”. This weekend is a different case: Halloween;...

 

Saturday, October 24, 2020

I would imagine that cancer has touched nearly everyone’s life in some way. Whether you are a survivor yourself, have supported a family member, or know a friend who has fought the battle, cancer seems to be everywhere. I was...

 

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Opening up my laptop this morning I saw a FB post pop up from Integrative Massotherapy. The post was telling me not to forget my “sweetie” on Sweetest Day. Huh? Sweetest Day! Not on my radar this weekend. As I sat thinking...

 

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Sydney and I ran a couple of errands late on Friday and she said to me, “This year has gone by so fast.” I gave a slight chuckle at the statement because, I’m assuming, most people probably can’t wait for 2020...

 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

I realize that, depending where you are physically located, this week’s topic may not be very pertinent to you. Although I do know from my living in different parts of the country, seasons do change… just differently. I...

 

Friday, October 2, 2020

I was asked this question this past week. You want to talk about the tables being turned on me? That is my question to ask, not to be asked. The short answer is “I don’t know”; the honest answer is “I...

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

What do Netflix, GE, Trader Joe’s, Microsoft, Disney, and FedEx have in common? They all started during economic downturns. Your vision for your own future dream company might not be on the same scale as those giants. But...

 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

On a September Monday in 1787, four prisoners from the Walnut Street jail in Philadelphia carried a gout stricken (Oh – I can relate to his pain) Benjamin Franklin into the Pennsylvania State House. This is the same State House...

 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Happy Independence Day! On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to accept the Declaration of Independence, officially separating the United States from Britain. Over the course of the weeks that followed, there were a...

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Like most Americans, the events of September 11, 2001, had a profound impact on my wife, Heather, and myself. In May of that year, Heather raised her right hand and joined the Air National Guard. She was a part of the 200th Red Horse...

 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Yesterday, Friday, September 4th, was the anniversary of the passing of my Step-Father, Mark. He was a very patient man with me and taught me more of life’s lessons than he realized. He would tell his friends that Jimmy Buffet...

 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

I’ve done my best to avoid using “Gumbo” as my subject heading however, this week my brain just wouldn’t work around it. First, I need to apologize to Paul for stealing it from his podcast (if you don’t...

 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Are you writing this letter to your family and loved ones? To those I love – While I understand that I have the right to determine who will inherit my property when I die, I have decided to let the courts make the decisions for...

 

Monday, August 17, 2020

In 1932, President Roosevelt proposed a new economic security system based on social insurance instead of welfare assistance. The goal was to prevent America’s oldest citizens from living their last years in financial destitution...

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had quite a number of conversations centered around this very question. A client called telling me she is looking for their “forever home”; a cousin is considering moving back to the area...

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Covid-19 probably altered many of your summer plans. Some activities that you’ve been looking forward to for months might have to wait until 2021. But just because this summer is different doesn’t mean that it can’t...

 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Leave it to the creative writers on Broadway to make a musical about the first Secretary of the Treasury. Are you aware of “Hamilton” the musical? It has been on Broadway for the past five years, has toured the country, and...

 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Do you know what the most popular class ever taught in Yale University’s 317-year history is? Do you also know there is a version of that class offered online – for free? In fact, are you aware of the multitude of resources...

 

Saturday, July 11, 2020

My note to you this weekend is short and sweet since I have to be at the Air Base early Saturday morning. I came across this piece, and in the words of the gentleman that posted it on LinkedIn, “…here’s a little bit...

 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day! Greetings from Camp Aldersgate! This week my family and I stayed at a church camp near Carrollton, Ohio. It has been a great family vacation. This time of year, this camp is usually full of youth running around....

 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

When I sit down to write to you, my goal is to hit one of these tenets: 1) Be Positive; 2) Make It Useful; and 3) Try to Make It Interesting. If I hit all three, that is just a bonus. When choosing a topic to share, I realize that...

 

Friday, June 19, 2020

“Teach…your children well” Friday evening my wife and I had an excellent dining experience. We had dinner at a new restaurant called the Delicious Deal which, evidently, is located in my house. Our daughters Rachel,...

 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

I’ve been asked by some what my purpose is in these blogs each week. Initially my goal was to try and help as many as I could get through the COVID quarantine. Since the first one went out though, these emails have taken on a...

 

Friday, June 5, 2020

My unsolicited advice: take a hike! I was talking with a good buddy of mine this past week about his daughter, more appropriately known in my household as “my God-daughter”, Megan. She is graduating high school this month...

 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Avoid…the void? I hope you had an enjoyable, safe, and healthy Memorial Day weekend. You may have noticed I did not post last weekend. It was a conscious choice I made. Part of my reasoning was due to my birthday falling on...

 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

“…it’s always the same thing: Covid this, Corona virus that!” That was the quote from my 11-year-old, Rachel, on Friday while we were fixing dinner. We then turned the TV off and played music instead. She was...

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Best quote I saw this morning: “May flowers bring…Snow showers?” (this is how most of us in Northern Ohio woke up this morning) It’s the second weekend of May which means it’s Mother’s Day weekend....

 

Monday, May 4, 2020

As you may or may not know, both of my daughters attended the local Montessori school here in Huron. One main tenet of that education is “teaching the whole child”. Obviously not those words exactly but that sentiment...

 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

The term “spring cleaning” has hit my household a bit differently this year, much to the chagrin of my two daughters. One of the questions I receive often is “What can I throw out?” I thought this would be a...

 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

We made it through another week: Congratulations! After my blog email last week, I received quite a number of positive and creative responses. Let’s keep that momentum moving forward. Originally for this week’s email, I was...

 

Friday, May 1, 2020

How are you doing? What a simple question that is asked almost as a greeting but does anyone actually wait for the answer? I’ve spoken or corresponded with numerous people over the past few weeks: clients; family; friends; and my...