Category Archives: Family

Tom 365 – August 5, 2016


Last day of band boot camp. 

Yep, that’s Molly front and center. 

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Tom 365 – July 18, 2016


Final day of the great college road trip. 


Seven schools in five days. 2,100 miles driven, and 71,000 steps taken. 

Tom 365 – July 16, 2016

Three school tours in one day. 


NC State


Duke


UNC – Chapel Hill

Tom 365 – July 15, 2016


Day one of the college tour 2016. 

Tom 365 – July9, 2016


Sting and Peter Gabriel at the United Center. 


Really excellent show. 

Being Liberal Does Not Make Me Un-American

On a good day I have been called a bleeding heart.  On a good day.

There are groups that use terms like “Freedom” or “Patriot” to portray a notion that their ideas and opinions or more American than others.  They self proclaim that they are the true Americans, and that those who do not think the way they do are somehow Un-American.

On a bad day I have been called a Communist or a trader or things much worse.

Being liberal does not make me un-American.  I enjoy baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.  And although I do not drive a Chevrolet, I do drive an American made automobile.  Ironically, I drive a Jeep Patriot.  My wife and I both drive them.

Jeep Patriot

My stance on certain hot political topics are certainly more to the left than many of these self proclaimed patriots, but these viewpoints do not make me some sort of enemy.  The idea that only people with a certain point of view can be considered true American is the opposite of what this great country was founded to protect.

Our political landscape continues to get more divisive, and we have created an all or nothing environment where differences of opinions are no longer tolerated. Just like the vanishing middle class, a middle ground in all matters of policy no longer exist.  Those who do not conform to the ideas of either side are considered evil or depraved.  And it is this take it or leave it mentality that has created a world where we can no longer have a civil conversation without name calling or finger pointing.  It has created our current election cycle.  It has created intolerance and prejudice.

There was once a time when we welcomed contradictory views.  We had conversations and debates, but in the end we also had mutual respect.

That is gone.

Being a liberal does not make me un-American.  Like many other Americans, both liberal and conservative, I enjoyed a cookout and fireworks while celebrating our Independence Day.  An American Flag flew outside our home this weekend.  A flag that I am very proud to display and honor.  A flag that stands as a symbol for all Americans.  Not just those who claim to be patriots.

American Flag

Happy 4th of July to all.

Tom 365 – June 13, 2016


Sometimes, the simple things in life make me the happiest.  Like finding a hand written note on my desk at work on Monday morning. 

Love you too, Babe.  

Tom 365 – June 12, 2016


Ok, so you can’t see our faces, but you can see he is taller than me. 

Thanks for the visit, Koby. Hope to see you again real soon. 

Tom 365 – May 30, 2016


Quiet lake time.  While the no wake rule is still in effect. But that will change very soon. 

Tom 365 – May 28, 2016


Road Trip. Jordan Lake. 

Even with the threat of rain, a very relaxing place to be.