Who is Roger?

I have reached the point in life where I find myself asking, “Who am I”. What seems a simple question is very complicated. Throughout life, I have been different people at different times. Once the outgoing carefree kid, I eventually became the introverted, withdrawn teenager before becoming the adventurous twenty something. Then, who am I Continue Reading

Stubborn streak

I often worry that insider stories I write about Mike will denigrate his memory or legacy. However, we all have our flaws that make us unique. For Mike, one of those flaws was his stubborn streak. I can talk about this flaw easily because it’s one of the prevailing traits of all of the men Continue Reading

Time flies

Time is a funny thing. When you’re 10, an hour feels like a week. At 40, that same hour seems like mere minutes. It’s all about perspective really, to a 10 year old, an hour is a larger fraction of time in relation to the time you’ve been alive. I’m not really telling any of Continue Reading

Father’s Day

Yesterday was Father’s Day. My wonderful kids honored me with many kind words and some treats. (Taylor: love the Reeses!) Father’s day is very humbling to me. I am well aware of all of my faults and shortcomings. I wouldn’t call myself a great father or sometimes even a good one. In the last 18 years Continue Reading

Ted Kennedy

I’m going to step out on a limb and assume something for a moment. Ted Kennedy is not a key memory in most marriages or divorces in this country. I’m well aware that you should not assume, but I think I’m safe on this one. This is still one of my primary memories of my first Continue Reading

Summer Struggles

Summer is sometimes a real struggle for me. It’s one of those things that made my choice of major so difficult when I went back to school. I was torn between something I knew would support my family and something I loved above all. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but I’d rather be Continue Reading

Messing with management

I decided a long time ago that life is too short not to have a little fun. And given some of the quirky management personnel I’ve had, the opportunities have been abundant! Management–What are they thinking? Anyone in the corporate world–or any job for that matter–knows that there are so many goofy, odd or downright Continue Reading

Toilet paper

In a continuation of my potty posts, I bring you the story of the toilet paper. This is not a weird injury story! Rather, this is a story from my days as Systems Manager at The Shelbyville News. Background The Shelbyville News was a small Paxton newspaper in Shelbyville, Indiana. The joke in town was Continue Reading


Yesterday I went home to visit my parents–and my “pawpaw”. You never know what you’re going to get with him. Sometimes he’s visibly angry and others, he’s ready to talk about almost anything. This visit was one of the latter–the good visits. He’s the only grandparent I have left and as difficult as he may be, I Continue Reading