Thanksukah and the Birthdays

Jane’s birthday is this weekend. Halloween is today. Since Jane is too old for a piñata we have to be creative about unloading the candy if she goes Trick or Treating. My son has always disliked Trick or Treating. He is much too pragmatic to be bothered begging for candy on a cold night. He is his father’s son. It’s midday and I’ve yet to buy any candy. I cannot be trusted with candy in the house so I wait for the last minute and spend too much. I used …

Q: How Much Money Does McDonald’s Give to Ronald McDonald Houses? A: Not Much

If you’re ever driven past or needed one of the 322 Ronald McDonald Houses I’m assuming like me your heart warmed at the iconic clown who provides “a loving home away from home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they’re being treated at metropolitan area hospitals.” Based on promotional materials like their own website Ronald McDonald House creates massive goodwill by branding themselves as the corporation who cares for children and their families. Let’s talk about the value of goodwill. In 2012 Mc …

People Doing Great Things

The past week has been about animals. A lot of animals. First off I was given some tickets the Morris Animal Foundation Gala and was asked to host two tables of friends. Well that’s easy. Betty White was being honored as she’s leaving their board of directors after 42 years. What I found fascinating is that at the age of 91 she’s stepping down from the board not because she’s too old but because she’s too busy. The Morris Animal Foundation works to support veterinary medicine and by all accounts they’re …

Twelve Years

We’ve waited twelve years and three months and for the first time ever we’ve looked our son in the eyes. Plural. They’re aligned. He doesn’t have double vision, a head tilt or dimming vision. Of note: I also didn’t pass out during yesterday’s surgery or recovery… which makes it a very different experience than the other three.  

Road Testing the 2014 Toyota Corolla

Thanks to Debi Cruz-Beck for this guest post. I had the opportunity recently to go to San Diego and drive the 2014 Toyota Corolla. I’ve never owned or driven a Toyota but have always heard great things about them, so I was pretty excited to get behind the wheel to find out for myself how well the 2014 Corolla handled on the open road. The Corolla is affordable yet sexy, which are not two things you usually see written in the same sentence because typically sexy is expensive. The Corolla …