KidsI have 3 children ages 9, 5 and 2. I love my children very much. I drive them around with me all the time. I don’t leave them in the car when I exit the vehicle.

I have an extremely hard time reading about a child that has died in a car. Either left by a parent who forgot their child was in the back seat or one that wanted to go shopping or drinking and thought they could just leave the child behind. I find it hard to read or listen because I love my children so much and can not imagine the fear of that child who cannot take care of themselves and gives their parent unconditional love and trust.

What I don’t understand about a parent is how you can even do that? How can you get out of the car and not know your child is in the back seat? How can you forget? It’s your child, you put them in the car seat and you forgot them by the time you got where you were going? Whatever you are doing or wherever you are going is not as important as your child. Even when my kids are not in the car I always check my back seat when I get out. It’s habit, something I do as a parent for the safety of my children.

If you have children, nothing is more important than their well being. Read that again, nothing is more important than your children. Not your job, not that football game, not mowing the lawn, not that girls night out, not that poker game with the guys.

Wake up parents, take care of your kids!


Ted Talks are one of my favorite ways to spend some free time. In a recent release on TED.com was from Megan Washington, who is is an Australian singer/songwriter.  She has won Australia’s version of the Grammy for her music, but listening to her music you wouldn’t know that since childhood, she has had a stutter. In this Ted Talk she talks about her life, her stutter and her immense fear of public speaking. This is an outstanding talk, one that made me think that Ms. Washington is very admirable person with a lot of guts to stand there to be honest with people as she puts it. The one thing that she has done all of her life is sing. Why? Because, when you sing you brain cannot stutter.  At the end of this talk, she does what she calls “Ted Sing.”

Listen to her talk and then listen to her sing. Have the Kleenex handy.


abuseSo the NFL rates domestic abuse lower on the scale of morally wrong than PED’s, DUI, or drug abuse. How on earth is the NFL and Paul Goodell making these decisions? Really Mr. Goodell? It’s okay to knock out your girlfriend and get just two games off? That penalty is like saying go to your room. All the toys are in the closet, in the room, go ahead close the door and come out in two hours. You have taught nothing to any one, not Ray Rice, not any other NFL player or staff that it is wrong to hit a spouse, or a women.

ESPN was harder on Stephen A. Smith for just being an idiot for expressing himself  by saying women should look at what they do that could cause abuse. Smith just said something and he was suspended for a week. Ray Rice hit his girlfriend, knocked her out and there is video of him dragging her out of the elevator while she was out cold. Two games for that? Really Mr. Goodell you think that getting in a fight or doing PED’s or taking drugs is worse than hitting another human being with the intent to hurt them?

Really Mr. Goodell? Your VP couldn’t explain why very well and neither could you.

Really Mr. Goodell, you should resign.