Dad Gift 2017

This is a little tradition I started a few years ago. Every year, I give my kids one "dad gift" which comes directly from me. With the move and the wedding this year, I made it very easy on myself and took everyone on a quick trip to the happiest place on earth.

The idea of Disneyland is a simple one. It will be a place for people to find happiness and knowledge. It will be a place for parents and children to share pleasant times in one another’s company; a place for teachers and pupils to discover greater ways of understanding and education. Here the older generation can recapture the nostalgia of days gone by, and the younger generation can savor the challenge of the future. - Walt Disney

We had a great day climbing through both parks and building great memories together! I love this crazy bunch.

Thanks Walt!

Quietly making noise,

Do What You Love And Do It Often

I stole this one! It was too good. I found this slogan on the Holstee Manifesto, which was the motivating factor behind my own Fletchifesto. I even designed my manifesto after that one. I love this quote and I think it motivates many of my activities.

Do what you love and do it often. Simple.

Want to know what people love? Just follow their Instagram feed. I posted my most recent Instagram photos below. Can you tell what I love? This is a live feed, so it will change based on when you read this blog post, but I think that's what Instagram is all about. A microblog of what people love and what they want others to know about themselves. (Hint: expect to see a lot of photos of my kids and my dogs or anything that speaks about living a life on mission or adventure).

Be Purposeful.
Too often we are doing things we don't love. Out of necessity, perhaps. When I can, I like to remedy that situation. and reverse the equation. Discover what you love, do what you love and do it often. I think you will find that you will enjoy life more. Hard times and difficult seasons in my life have often been navigated by the islands with "harbors of what I love" in between.

Try it. I promise your life will become more liveable and more positive.

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Life is Good

I am picking up with the Fletchifesto where I left off last Fall.

If you know me, you will know that on any given day I wear at least one piece of clothing from the Life is Good company. Then, last year, for Christmas I gave out a dozen copies of the Life is Good book to my friends and family. Suffice it to say, I love the quote and it is no wonder that Life is Good made it to my manifesto.

This one is really simple. The focus on the good versus the bad must somehow be deep in my DNA. I fundamentally believe that life is good and I am on a crusade to communicate that to people around me. It's how I greet the folks I meet on the trail, the patients I treat in my office, my family, my friends, anyone I come across. In fact, because I'm typically wearing my LIfe is Good hat or have the sticker on my car or the book in my hand, I like to think that I am saying this before I even open my mouth,

It is my goal to begin every day with a positive optimistic outlook on life.

Do you see how I said that above? I purposely used the words "goal" and "crusade" because it absolutely astonishes me how often people try to extinguish the flame of positivity. The world is full of people who focus on the negative and seated next to them are the people in my life who want to school me in either the theology of sin or who like to point out their belief that I am wearing rose-colored glasses.

Since high school, I can remember being interviewed for jobs or positions in college and often I would be asked what type of people annoy me. For 35 years, the answer has always been the same: Negative People. I just cannot understand why someone would begin their day, their project, their journey, their relationships from a negative position and more than anything, this will takes the wind out of my sails.

Along the way, here are two things I have noticed: 

1) I am not ignoring reality. Life can be very hard and there are many people who are dealing with enormous struggles. This is all about your attitude in the midst of your hard life and your struggles. I'm reminded of the Vietnam War prisoner who was assigned to clean the prison sewer. He recalls that he survived his loneliness and misery by beginning with a positive attitude each and every day. Cancer survivors. Widows. There are many folks out there who chose to face misery with positivity. So, in case you are wondering, I am a realist. I get it. 

2) I have a current (and acute) need to recover my positivity. My wife would tell you I have lost more and more of my positivity over the years. I used to be the guy who stumbled into a pile of horse shit, but immediately began looking for the pony. I had a knack of looking beyond the negative for the positive. I would always see the potential in a situation.

I don't know what happened. Life, the world, dentistry, pessimistic people? Something has dimmed my outlook. Like I said above, if positivity is the wind that powers the sails of my life, over the past few years, my sails are often found flapping without a breeze.

So, it's time to make a change. The Life is Good crusade is on. I want to be a spokesman for positivity, but I don't want to do this alone. I invite you to join me. Speak, live, encourage positivity! Let's turn some things around.

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MightyJoe Shops, No REALLY it worked this time

Up to this point, I've shared the Alexa shopping list. Remember, these lists doesn't really go anywhere. It just creates a shopping list on my Amazon account. In no way will I ever buy anything from MightyJoe's list. Poopy poop poop poop? Are you kidding me?

However, we've discovered other weaknesses in our defenses. Do you remember a post I did previously about the AppleTV remote? I mentioned that Joe has a fondness for remote controls and hiding them. 

Since we moved into our new home, we installed X-Finity cable television and they gave us a smart remote. You can speak your commands into the remote and through voice activation it searches for whatever you ask.


As it turns out, MightyJoe, who is smarter than he ever gets credit for, has learned how to use this remote control like a champ!

A few things to note:
1. When you see On Demand purchase like this, you realize there can only be one culprit.
2. Newest house rule: Joe may not hold a remote control.
3. We now own On Demand access to four great episodes of Peppa Pig. (One episode was purchased twice).

Yes, XFinity was kind enough to reverse the charges. 

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MightyJoe Shops, Part 5 - Being Bad

In a previous post, I shared how many times MightyJoe is not actually shopping, but having a conversation with Alexa.  This is another one of those times.

If you look at the date stamps on the shopping list, you will see that the top entry is accurate, because it is in fact a November Day. 

Thus, thee second entry is a tiny bit off. Because it is definitely not Halloween, but if you have a special needs child, you might recognize that holidays can be obsessed about for weeks prior to the event and then remembered for weeks after the event. Bags of candy? Costumes? Yeah, Halloween almost undid MightyJoe (and Kendra!). So, +/- six days is fairly accurate.

It also looks like Joe was looking for someone to spend time with, but clearly Kendra was sick (probably sick of hearing him go on and on about Halloween no doubt) and Jack was busy playing Star Wars.

It's the next two entries that really intrigue me. You see on October 13th Mom is the great girl, but it's also the day we found out that "Can Wine is the best girl in the whole wide world"

Finally, and don't miss this my reader, we have another stroke of genius by MighyJoe. You see when MJ needs to calm down or he's out of control and making bad decisions we have him rest on a giant purple bean bag chair with some calm-down toys, his blanket and a few favorite stuffed animals. It's a great therapeutic place and he often falls asleep there.

Maybe though, in his little mind, the place you sit to calm down and refocus your energy is not the bean bag, but it's the place where you go when you are "being bad."  I can see the confusion. I need a "being bad" chair sometimes too.

Quietly making noise,