A few years ago, our house flooded so badly we had to gut the house and take it down to the studs. It was at this time that our contractor found some problems with our house’s foundation. There were some cracks and deterioration in the pillars that were holding up the house. My contractor explained that if we didn’t fix the foundation, we could do all the framing, drywall, painting to make the house look nice all we wanted but without making the foundation sound, we’d always struggle to have a firm structure.
Every marriage encounters difficulties because of the different ways each spouse hears, processes, interprets, and responds to what the other says. Susan and I have learned through our 30 years of marriage that there are certain things a husband should say to his wife. We also have learned that more often than not, how a […]
Airlines are obsessed with passenger safety, constantly inspecting aircraft for signs of corrosion and fatigue in the metal components. Microscopic cracks called stress fractures develop over repeated flights, indicating underlying damage that—if ignored—would become catastrophic. But the cracks aren’t the problem; they’re actually a gift of sorts. They show the mechanics exactly where maintenance is […]
Anyone who has flown in the last 50 years or so has heard the safety mantra for the oxygen masks that will fall from the ceiling if cabin pressure is lost: Secure your own mask before helping others around you. That is a great sentiment. But in the upheaval of these anxious, unprecedented days, with […]