Christina Landrigan and the Theory of Dependable Goodness

Two years ago this morning the City of Fort Wayne and a community of thousands of friends and family had to unexpectedly say goodbye to one of the most genuine dependably good people a lot of us will ever meet in our lifetime. In thinking of my friend over the course of this week, I came across articles published by other friends that I hadn’t yet seen and wanted to share with you this one in particular because it speaks to the true nature of a young woman passionate about her faith, family, friends, and community. It is also one of the best examples I can think of as a guide to living as the best you you can be.

(originally posted as Christina Landrigan and the Theory of Dependable Goodness on the Lynchpin Creative blog by Kelly Lynch.)


The Train Analogy and Helping Your Child Work Through Their Emotions

My heart is hurting tonight…I come up feeling like I continually fail when it comes to parenting my children lately. As clichéd as it sounds, It’s a truly fine line that we walk as parents…we are the teachers, the nurturers, the role models, the disciplinarians, the rule-setters, etc. We are often so many more things to our children, and so many of them at one time.

So, life lately…right? It seems that the busier I get with work, school, writing, trying to keep up with this blog, and the myriad of other things that I am to other people, that when I get home and am required to switch roles and put on the “father” and “husband” hats, I have had way too little patience lately when one of my precious babies is coming at me too strong wanting something the instant I walk through the door or incensed because their mother has not allowed the use of their favorite toy or whatever the trauma of the moment. It isn’t until I see the recoiling look on their beautiful faces that I realize it wasn’t them that crossed the line, it was I.


Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

(***Editor’s Note*** This post is coming in hot after the end of the real Teacher Appreciation Week festivities because of some crazy work schedules that comes with switching jobs. While the posting is late, the appreciation to these wonderful people is undying and daily in its observance.)

Each Year I have chosen to honor one of the teachers who helped make me into the man I am today. In one way or another, everyone that I have ever learned from has been a teacher, but it takes a true heart, unwavering spirit, and a love for imparting knowledge that distinguishes a teacher from a true mentor.


On Being and Staying Catholic in the Modern World

(Originally posted on by Michael Novak, the following is an address delivered June 7, 2014 to the graduating class of St. Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.)

I love being here at this school. I love what you are trying to do.

I am moved by the faith of your parents, and the generosity of your families, and the self-sacrifices of your teachers, grade by grade, room by room….


My Darling Children: I Have Failed You

I have several times related here that when I don’t know how to process my emotions, I write a letter either in general or to a specific person. This is one of those times, where I am trying to reconcile my emotions after hearing some pretty heartbreaking things coming out of the mouth of my oldest child. Sufficed to say, he didn’t say anything that I didn’t already know in the back of my mind, but that he recognized those things and his visual expressions were what caused my heartbreak.

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