The Best Reason to Put Your Kids in Danger


I was introduced to this TED talk a few weeks ago, and I’ve found myself buying into the idea a little more each time.

I wouldn’t call myself a worrier (at least not as a parent), but I do find myself more often on the “overly cautious” side of the fence.

But I’m slowly buying into the idea that “the most effective way to keep our children safe is to give them a little taste of danger”

The Olympic Failure I Worry About Repeating

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You probably don’t know the story of Matt Emmons, and that’s not all that surprising. It happened at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.  Emmons, widely considered to be one of the best competitive marksmen in the world, was leading the men’s 50m competition with one shot remaining. In fact, his lead was commanding – he only needed 7 points to win the gold, and he hadn’t scored less than 9 points on any of his previous shots. He took his position, stared through the scope, and watched as his final shot pierced the innermost ring of the paper target.

Vacation Break

The Skelly family is on vacation this week with limited Internet access. That means no posts, but you can follow the pictures/stories/quotes on social media using the links to the right.

See you next week!

The Laundry Thrower


Monkey see, monkey do.

It might as well be my middle name. I am the youngest of four, and it kind of comes with the territory.

Climbing stairs, turning doorknobs, standing on stools, (trying to) scale bunk beds – if the older three do it, I’m going to try it.

And the primary source of my inspiration? Bubba (big brother).

The One Answer for Too Many Questions

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Earlier this week, a friend and I were texting back and forth about a handful of TED talks.

One of those (and one of the first TED talks released on the Internet back in 2006) is probably in my all-time top-3 – Ken Anderson “Schools Kill Creativity”.

DISCLAIMER: If you’ve never seen this video before, don’t even worry about reading this post – just watch the video.

Breaking Through the Noise


Last Monday – one week ago – our mailbox was full. Not “we got a lot of mail” full; it was “broke college student at an all-you-can-eat buffet” full. The door couldn’t even close all the way. I collected it, walked straight over to the trash can, and deposited most of it without a second glance.


Because Tuesday was an election day.