All posts by Patrick Hempfing

Find Joys and Make Wishes

Although I close each column with a reminder to “cherish the moments,” not all of life’s moments feel cherishable. Life is hard sometimes. Many times I’d like to shelter my 12-year-old daughter, Jessie, from the headlines and photographs of a world that seems in continual turmoil. Let’s face it. Every family has challenges – health issues, financial

Tricked And (Waiting For) Treats

My wife, Mattie, played a trick on me. “I’ve been offered the job,” she said, turning life upside down for me, our daughter, Jessie, and even the dog. Shortly before Halloween last year, Mattie went on an interview for a job six hours away.  Though I’m my wife’s biggest fan, we’ve moved several times together