Nothing was Free

“Dad when I turn sixteen will you buy me a car?” Dad (snorting): “If you want a car, you buy a car. Besides, you can’t afford the gas and insurance anyways…” “How much is gas and insurance?” Dad: “$____” Me: “You’re right, I couldn’t:)” …life lesson in the Kope home #1,037. There’s this thing now that says you should give your kids what your parents couldn’t afford … Continue reading Nothing was Free

Anger’s Greatest Enemy

“Hey Landon, you want to fight?” “Sure!” “Should we have any rules?” “Naw” “What about biting?” “Well, maybe not biting” “Ok… ready?” This I overheard when I was the 16 year old foreman of a crew of twelve young people working at a Sporting Clay event, which is like golf with shotguns. I was showing everyone their duties and from the tower beyond my friends … Continue reading Anger’s Greatest Enemy

Twenty One Pilots

My daughter Ailish came bouncing into my office last Wednesday morning with big news: Twenty One Pilots just released new songs! There’s been a million views since midnight!!!! All through the day I received crucial updates about the raging success her favourite band is experience even during the crushing defeat England suffered at the hands of Croatia. Future note to daughters: Don’t talk to dad … Continue reading Twenty One Pilots

Half Full

I have this thing that I say lately: “You can deal with negative things negatively or you can deal with negative things positively. Choose!” And it’s actually deeper than a quick, clever (if I do say so) word play. In it we recognize A. There are negative things to deal with, and B. I can choose my approach. I know a particular person who is … Continue reading Half Full