Sunday, September 26, 2010

Lobsters & Monkeys

  • Bennett had is 4 month check on Friday (albeit a few weeks tardy).  He weighed 17.2 lbs and was 27.5".  That makes him a:

  • When Bennett is screaming and all else has failed to stop the madness, I've found my "ace in the hole".  Bennett and I call it the "Monkey Video" and it has a miraculous calming effect:

  • I figured tonight was the night that I'd start strategizing for Bennett's first Halloween.  The lobster costume is a definite front runner:

  • We've been a sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, stuffy head household this weekend.  Bennett had an especially rough day yesterday (not even the monkey video worked).  But, thanks to a humidifier and a good night's sleep . . . he was a new man today!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Love Without End, Amen

- I jumped in the Jeep this evening to go to the gym.  I don't usually (I mean, ever) listen to country music.  But, Karah had gone to the grocery store this morning and left the radio on a local honky tonk station.  The irony is that when I started the car, this classic song about being a Dad was playing:
- I was a bachelor (as was Brux) on Thursday and Friday night. Karah and Bennett went to Kansas. On Friday and Saturday morning I woke up to a sound I haven't heard in quite a while -- pure silence.  Quite frankly, I prefer the baby talk, laughter, and even the crying.
- Lately, Bennett's "talking" has found the highest of the high pitches . . . and LOUD.  Also, he's become quite the bubble maker (Lawerence Welk would be jealous):

- Karah mixed up some rice cereal (it didn't snap, crackle or pop) for Bennett today.  As for his first spoonfuls (from a baby spoon I once used) of semi-solid food -- not a fan: 

- Bennett isn't exactly Jordanesque in this jumper . . . But, he loves it nonetheless.  Thank you Wright family!:

Monday, September 13, 2010

the wisdom of a baby

‎"Be like that baby you once were in terms of being joyful. You don't need a reason to be happy...your desire to be so is sufficient."
- Dr. Wayne Dyer

Saturday, September 11, 2010

National Day of Service and Remembrance


When I woke up this morning, my initial thought was “this is September 11th”. My very next thought was, “I am so sorry that my son won’t know life before 9/11”. You see, son, 10 years ago there was no war in Afghanistan, no war in Iraq. There were two beautiful buildings in New York that looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

Thousands of American troops have died (not to mention the tens of thousands of “enemies” that have lost their lives). The “War on Terror” has costs us $1,078,433,915,021 at the moment (talk about terrifying).

Your great-grandfather, Bob, was a medic in WWII. If there ever was a necessary war . . . it was that one. Yet, ten years ago he told me “there is no such thing as a good reason to go to war.” I didn’t agree with him at the time. I’m starting to think he was right.

In this post-9/11 era, your overspending, overtaxing, overpowered government won’t be of much help to you . . . I’m afraid. They seem to be much more worried about steroids in baseball, cronyism with big business, and covering up the truth about one of the most noble Americans ever. Likewise, you may find that religion can be equally radical and ridiculous.

Politics and Religion . . . touchy subjects. Here’s your first lesson in both (and it may be all you need to know about them).

1. As a free man in a free country, you have “unalienable rights” such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Again, I say, pursuit of happiness. It’s not the government’s job to provide (a job, money, happiness) for you. If they ever try to give you happiness or take it away, politely decline (exception: pay your taxes, regardless of how you feel (but have a good accountant that will help you minimize them)).
  • Have a relentless pursuit towards your own happiness (just don’t impede others from the same pursuit . . . especially, me).
2. Avoid any religious belief that separates you from others. There is no reason to fight (or take down skyscrapers full of) people that don’t worship as you. There’s more than one way to skin a cat (so I’m told. Never tried). Similarly, there is more than one way to practice faith and religion. You may find that in a church, a synagogue, a mosque, a temple, a meditation mat or a hike through the woods. It’s up to you.
  • Always (as hard as it sometimes is) practice the ethic of reciprocity. Take your pick:
    • Buddhism - Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.  Udana-Varga 5,1
    • Christianity - All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:1
    • Confucianism - Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no resentment against you, either in the family or in the state.  Analects 12:2
    • Hinduism - This is the sum of duty; do naught onto others what you would not have them do unto you.  Mahabharata 5,1517
    • Islam - No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.  Sunnah
    • Judaism - What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellowman. This is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. Talmud, Shabbat 3id
    • Taoism - Regard your neighbor’s gain as your gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. Tai Shang Kan Yin P’ien
    • Zoroastrianism - That nature alone is good which refrains from doing another whatsoever is not good for itself.  Dadisten-I-dinik, 94,5

    "Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal." - Dalai Lama
    Today is Patriots' Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.  I hope you always find this a day of charitable unity and volunteerism. 

    Blessings to you, son,


    Wednesday, September 8, 2010


    "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."
    - Frederick Douglass

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    4 Mo

    Hi.  It's Bennett.  I want to tell you about my exciting weekend.

    On Saturday, everyone in the house wore red and I watched the Huskers for the first time.  It was fun for me.  But, Dad was acting very strange.  He kept getting happy and mad, happy and mad and singing "There is no place like Nebraska."  And I'm not sure why they call it football since the ball is usually in somebody's hands. 
    Game time
    Huskered out

    Check out my new set of wheels.  Mom bought them at a garage sale on Saturday.

    On Sunday I went to the duck race in Vail.  There were so many rubber duckies in the creek, I couldn't find mine.  I was kinda bummed because someone else won my $3000 prize.  Maybe next year. 

    Today is Labor Day.  Dad says he is going to teach me about work ethic (funny because he didn't go to work today).  Mom says she is going to teach me about how she pushed me into this world. 

    I turned 4 months old yesterday.  This is what the "experts" say I need to accomplish this month(I've already done many of them.  Please let me set my own goals):

    •squeal and laugh with delight
    •make "raspberry" sounds with lips
    •experiment by making new sounds
    •make sounds in response to parents
    •track moving objects as his head and neck development work together
    •roll over—usually from front to back—as muscles continue to develop
    •raise up on straightened arms while lying on her tummy, looking all around as neck muscles strengthen
    •grasp a rattle with stronger hand muscles
    •bear weight on both legs
    •start to sleep through the night
    •begin to show interest in solid foods by reaching for mom and dad's food at the table or other food in her line of sight
    I gotta go.  I can barely keep my eyes open - naptime!