By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

By the Way | The Right Side of the Grass

I resolved some years ago to stop tracking birthdays, although I do have to calculate several times a year. Let’s see, 1954 to 2000 is 46, then add … what year is it again? This birthday, number 68, would be unremarkable but for the fact that my father succumbed to...
Same Old, Same Old?

Same Old, Same Old?

I recently passed one of those “milestone” birthdays divisible by 10. Something about beginning a new decade seems significant – or at least notable enough to merit birthday cards featuring your age in bold letters. I didn’t feel any different. If anything, I was a...
Three Lessons from Year 33

Three Lessons from Year 33

While most people look forward to their 21st or 30th birthday, I was eager to celebrate 33; also known as “the Jesus birthday.” Being the Bible nerd that I am, I dreamed of inviting all guests to dress as their favorite Jesus. We’d play pin the tail on Mary’s...
Stepping Towards 51, Looking Back Over 50

Stepping Towards 51, Looking Back Over 50

Today is my birthday. I turned 51 years old. When I hit half-a-century last year during the pandemic, I told my wife that I was looking forward to middle-age. She raised a brow and responded, “Not sure how long you’re planning on living, but you passed middle-age a...
8 Lessons Learned on My 50th Birthday

8 Lessons Learned on My 50th Birthday

A global pandemic never factored into my imagination when I envisioned my 50th birthday. Quarantine certainly changed my plans as the half-century mark of my life arrived but having my two adult sons with me is a greater gift than I could ever want. I’ve been told...