Had to think for a moment, and it bothered me

WPS basketball playoffs
We “force” him to go to after school activities simply to be exposed to social situations.


Had to think for a moment, and it bothered me that i couldn’t instantaneously remember the fourth one.

  1. Honesty
  2. Behave admirably
  3. Personally responsibility
  4. Self-control

He learned the first one as a young boy, the other three were added over the years. Behaving admirably was added in elementary school. Three and four added during adolescence.

A teen’s attitude is shaped by many things. One of the most obvious, and most taken for granted, is the home.

PS. “Initiative” was added after entering ninth grade. On deck for this Summer is “fun”.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.


Kids Run Everywhere

1 Adult, 4 Boys, 1 Girl & 1 Puppy
1 Adult, 4 Boys, 1 Girl & 1 Puppy

Do you find it intriguing that as we get older we spend less and less time, maybe even no time, on some of the most basic, fundamental essentials?

Like exercise.

Like art.

Like experimentation.

Last night, returning from a three-day trip, we had Cooper in our front yard. Four children in the yard across the street came running over.

Walking would have only cost them 10-15 seconds more.

Today’s post at Lane 8 should only take 10-15 seconds to read.

The Meaning Of Life Revealed


“To Love and be Loved.”

“Wait! That’s it? That’s all you got? Are you kidding me?”, people might be thinking.

And I say, “What? it’s too simple for you?”

Hello. Earth to astonished person. Wake up. Of course it’s simple.

It’s profoundly simple, and yet simply profound.

“To Love and be Loved.”

Most of life is simple. It’s our nature to want to complicate things, to believe, “Everything is important.”

Why?  It’s remains a mystery to this very day.  Perhaps it’s the whole “keeping up with the Jones” syndrome.

Simplicity is the way.  The only way.

By the way, “I’ll bet you still don’t have an answer, do you?”, he thought to himself as he finished writing this blog post.

Mid Life Thankfulness

“”What gift has providence on man that is so dear to him as his own children”.Cicero

What is at the heart of this, I believe, is that children provide adults with an opportunity to finally have someone in their lives more important them themselves.

This is a feeling that literally defies explanation.

And yes, there are readers here today that do not, and will not, have children.  That’s ok.  We are all blessed in wonderfully unique ways.  I am so thankful my wife and I are blessed to be parents.