My Thanksgiving Prayer

Each Thanksgiving, while it is a time to give thanks for all the blessings which have been bestowed on me in the past year, I like to pray for those blessings that I hope will be forthcoming in the next twelve months as well. Our Bride, One Path In the last week, I was fortunate…

Loaves and Fishes

A Miracle Most folks, even those who are not Christians, have heard the story from the Bible commonly referred to as the story of the “loaves and fishes” [John 6:9]. In that story, Jesus took five loaves of bread and two fish and turned them into a meal for some 5,000 of his followers. Believers…

One More Step

One of our favorite family traditions is that sometime during the holidays, we all go to a movie together. Even as our children have grown, our tradition continues. Recently, that has meant going to a Star Wars movie every other year. Believing leads to success While I enjoy the new episodes, as you might imagine,…

It Could Be You

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools has started an initiative called the Male Empowerment Network. The goal is to assure that every student in CMS will have access to a mentor who could help them fulfill their purpose. Most of us know the invaluable benefit of having had a mentor.  As Maya Angelo might say, our mission is…

Can We Do Better?

A Story in There Recently, when I returned home from an errand, I recounted to my spouse an interaction I had just experienced. Having walked beside me for so many years, while appalled, her response was predictable. She simply said, “There has to be a Be There Dad story in there”. And so, there was.…

Your Picture or Theirs?

Watching and Observing  Yogi told us, “you can observe a lot by just watching”…. So, I watched as folks gathered on the elementary school playground where the dads group had planned a movie night on the Friday evening before classes were scheduled to begin. Flyers had been sent via email to all the school families.…

Get on Board

Back to School On a recent Saturday we participated in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  “Back to School Bash” along with hundreds of community family members. There were games and activities for the children. There was a free lunch of hotdogs and pizza for the everyone. There was entertainment. A national sorority sponsored the giveaway of school…

The Encore

Reflection in my Backyard For the past ten years, since my children left for college, I have mowed my grass and done the other yard work which I am able to do. Every weekend is my time alone with my earbuds and noise reducing earmuffs when I have time to think and reflect. Songs of…

Taking an Oath

The Oath of Office “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of  …  and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So help me God” If you have watched the news lately you have probably heard this or a similar oath…

Help Them Understand

The Pain Continues This week, we felt the pain of yet another mass shooting – during a July 4th Parade in a suburb of Chicago. As obvious as it is that something needs to be done, this event will fuel the continuing debate over gun control.  Pile that on to the school tragedy in Texas.…