I’ve been around the sun more than a couple of times, take things as they come, and think there is John Mellencamp lyric to explain almost everything in life. Like an insurance company’s commercial, I’ve seen a few things. I write about what I know, what I observe, and venture occasionally into things I dream about.

I’ve worked in higher education for over 20 years plus the time I spent on campus as a student. Some call my work constituent relations; I call it problem solving. While people don’t always like the answer to their given situation, they appreciate the honesty in the answer and care in getting it. People call me when they are feeling vulnerable (or angry) and I appreciate they trust me with something very important to them.

Parenting is the hardest job I ever loved. It has its highs and it can be the pits. You can love your children deeply and not like them much. Parenting colors my outlook on life and I know what an adventure that can be. I thought I was an in-the-know parent, but now that my sons are young adults I’ve learned so much more. One trick I picked up that comes in handy in my paid work is to ask if there is something I failed to ask that I really should have asked if I wanted the truth without omission.

Mr. Mellencamp is right. Your life is now and if you’re not part of the future, then get out of the way!