Values storying is...

...passing down values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell and re-tell

From a Writer’s Perspective

With writer and speaker Al Ainsworth

Spring Has Sprung: An Ode to Phil

Spring Has Sprung: An Ode to Phil Pennsylvania’s famous rodent called for six more weeks of cold, But I beg to differ if I may be so bold. My forsythia hails the start of spring e’en with skies still gray, And seventy-seven degrees called for fishing yesterday.   Azalea buds behind the porch bring spring […]

Coach Dave Season Four: A Manhood Journey

Coach Dave Season Four: A Manhood Journey In last week’s post (“The Journey: What Is a Real Man?”), I included an excerpt from my forthcoming Coach Dave Season Four: Travel Ball. In it, I alluded to the journey that Coach Dave’s thirteen-year-old travel baseball team will travel together on and off the field, a manhood journey. […]

The Journey: What Is a Real Man?

The Journey: What Is a Real Man? What is a real man? It’s a journey I have taken–am still taking–with both of my boys. Years ago, I taught a couple of classes of seventh-grade boys and took them through the journey, as well. Most of them can still recite the four principles of a real man […]

On Writing the Last Scene of My First Draft

On Writing the Last Scene of My First Draft As I sat writing the last scene of Coach Dave Season Four: Travel Ball last week, I felt incredibly accomplished. Every scene is going to need some work, and in some ways, my work has just begun. However, as I tell my writing students all the […]

Don’t Give Up on Goals

Don’t Give Up on Goals Are you one the growing number of people who have given up on New Year’s resolutions because you’ll just break them anyway? Please, don’t give up on goals. I’m reminded of the old axiom, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” I totally get that. I have fallen […]

From a Writer’s Perspective: Best of 2016

From a Writer’s Perspective: Best of 2016 Okay, I’m going to confess that I don’t get as excited as many other bloggers about looking back to the previous year and writing about the highlights. It’s not that anything terrible happened to me personally this year or that my candidate didn’t win the election or that […]

Parent of the Year: Waiting by the Mailbox

Parent of the Year: Waiting by the Mailbox Sometimes I feel like such a failure as a parent. I’m convinced that at times parenting is the hardest, least appreciated job on the planet, and I feel pretty ill-equipped much of the time. I think I spend half my time waiting out by the mailbox. Maybe […]

The Star Tree: An Ornamental Story of a Small Town

The Ornamental Story of a Small Town The story of my hometown comes alive every year with the arrival of a new ornament for the tree that I refer to as “The Star Tree.” I don’t call it that because it is decorated with stars, though it is. No, it is because my hometown of […]