Forest Fires, Missing the Boat, and Sleeping in Our Clothes: 11 Life Skills Learned Through Our Mediterranean Vacation Disaster

I’m writing these words from a tiny, hot, and unglamorous airport hotel room at the Charles De Gaulle airport outside Paris with no luggage, no change of clothes, and no air conditioning. I should be home in Ohio right now. But instead, I’m hunkered down with my family at the end of a 10-day vacation [read more]

“Because the sky is blue”: An 11-year-old boy’s secret to happiness

Happiness is not something that happens to you. It’s something you choose to be. That fact isn’t really a secret anyone’s been keeping from you. But it takes a surprisingly long time for most people to realize it, if they ever do. Jeremy McInnis learned that powerful lesson at the young age of twenty. And [read more]

Episode 16: Why the cancer ward might be the happiest place in the hospital

[Play button at bottom]  If you had to pick the unhappiest place to work in a modern hospital, you’d be hard pressed to suggest a better candidate than oncology, the cancer ward. Yet that’s where my sister, Bobba, took her first job after finishing nursing school. Even for the survivors, cancer treatment can be a [read more]