Spirit v. Letter

Growing up, my siblings and I had a variety of part time jobs. My Sister Sarah worked at an ice cream stand for several summers, while I did time at a golf course, a Burger King, a restaurant kitchen, and a shoe store.

Once he got to college, my older Brother Doug worked an office job in a bank each summer, but while he was in high school he worked for years as both a busboy and a parking valet at a restaurant called The Daisy Flour Mill. […]

The Camper’s Dilemma

I recently traveled with my three sons to a Boy Scout Camporee. For those who have no experience with Boy Scouts, a Camporee is an event, where some volume of Scouts, from different troops, gather to camp together in a field and participate in activities around a central theme.

Growing up I attended local Camporees in both the fall and spring. These events were famous for being held during the times when the western New York weather was absolutely the most dangerous. It was not extreme heat nor cold that threatened the neckerchief-wearing campers, no it was the combination of rain and not-quite-freezing temperatures. […]