thomas craig: This Is Us - 07/15/17 12:31 PM
In a week or so, my high school class will be celebrating our 50th class reunion. Thankfully, our class has a handful of dedicated individuals who try their best to keep all of us connected and informed about our classmate's lives. These individuals have done this thankless job for decades. The rest of us...we are lucky to have these people. I moved away to attend college, so without this lifeline they provide, I would have no link to my past. I talk to other friends who graduated from different schools around the same time as I did, and they don't have … (4 comments)

thomas craig: Closing a Chapter of My Life - 12/07/16 07:15 AM
Long before I became a real estate agent, I was a partner in a food brokerage company. What is a food broker? It is very much like a real estate broker, only this time you are selling cases of food instead of houses. A food broker represents a manufacturer so that the manufacturer doesn’t have to hire their own sales staff. The broker earns a commission on every case they sell. If you don’t sell anything, then no commission is earned…that’s where the manufacturer saves money versus having a staff they must pay regardless of selling anything. Sounds pretty much the … (6 comments)

thomas craig: Remembering Indy Car Driver, Dan Wheldon - 10/14/16 04:57 AM
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 15th, will mark the 5-year anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death in a fiery car crash during an Indy car race in Las Vegas. In honor of Dan, I would like to repost an essay I wrote a week after his death. Rest in peace Dan, and may God watch over your wife, Susie, and your two sons.
 
Does anyone know where the love of God goes?
 
It has been a little over a week since Dan Wheldon died in a horrible car crash on a race track in Las Vegas. The sight of his car flying through the air on … (3 comments)

thomas craig: A Paradigm Shift - 09/23/16 04:07 AM
We have all heard of the term “paradigm shift”. It started out as a mathematical term, but over the years it has become a philosophical term as well. I will always remember the first time I heard the term. It was in an advanced learning seminar, and the speaker explained the philosophical definition this way. He said a paradigm shift is when new information is introduced to a situation which causes you to think differently.
The instructor then went on to give the following example...a man gets on a train with 3 young children, and immediately the children begin running up and … (4 comments)

thomas craig: If It Is To Be... - 09/01/16 02:01 AM
OK, let’s finish the quote together…If it is to be…it is up to me.
The quote is made up of ten two-letter words and is so simple in its grammatical structure, and yet is so powerful and profound in its depth. This quote came to mind yesterday when I came across two things which caught my attention on the Internet.
One of the things which caught my attention was this very powerful story of a Florida State football player named, Travis Rudolph, who was visiting a high school when he spied a young man sitting alone in the cafeteria eating lunch. Travis went … (3 comments)

thomas craig: Wasting Time... - 08/31/16 05:23 AM
This week I am fulfilling part of my civic duty by showing up at our county courthouse for jury duty. This is my third time being selected in the last 5-6 years. I have yet to be selected to actually serve on a jury. No, I am one the exceedingly unlucky ones who are left to wait and rot in the jury selection room. You sit and pass the time on hard wooden chairs starring at a television screen with the sound turned down while your mind and your butt turn numb. Occasionally, they tell you can leave the room to … (36 comments)

thomas craig: What If? - 08/08/16 04:56 AM
I have a good friend whose career path and mine intersected several times throughout the years as we attempted to make a living. He contacted me several days ago to alert me to the fact that Edward DeBartolo Jr. was being inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
I had to laugh when I got the email because this DeBartolo thing has been a running joke between Kim and me for years. Kim, in his days as a college student at Youngstown State, had been a driver for Edward DeBartolo Sr. Also from Youngstown; Edward DeBartolo Sr. was beyond rich and … (18 comments)

thomas craig: In Honor of Neil Armstrong - 08/05/16 05:18 AM
Today is Neil Armstong's birthday. He was born on August 5th, 1930. In honor of Armstorng's birthday, I would like to repost an essay I wrote when he died in 2012. If ever there was a time when our country needed a hero...someone to look up to, it is now. I hope you enjoy!
A few days ago, Neil Armstrong, the first man to ever step foot on the moon passed away. I was deeply saddened by his passing. Those of us living in Ohio, boast a certain pride for those in our state who broke the confines of Earth. We are … (4 comments)

thomas craig: What If You Don't Like Either One of Them? - 08/03/16 10:15 PM
There are two subjects you should never bring up unless you are looking for trouble…yep, politics and religion. I apologize in advance, but I just can’t help myself. I know the country is coming to the realization that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is going to end up leading us for the next 4 years. How many of you feel like I do, and you don’t want either one of them?
To be intellectually honest with you, I am pretty conservative in my feelings on governance. The less outside interference I have in living my life…the better. I think I can … (9 comments)

thomas craig: In Honor of My Father - 06/15/16 11:05 PM
My father died when I was 22. My dad died before he ever got a chance to see me amount to anything. He never got to see his grandchildren grow up. I never had the opportunity to ask him advice on buying a home, how to be a good parent. There was a song when I was growing up entitled, “My Dad”, which had a line in it that said, “He wasn’t much in the eyes of the world, but he was the world to me.”
 
That pretty much summed up my dad, he didn’t leave us much in terms of … (2 comments)

thomas craig: Playing God - 06/09/16 04:45 AM
 
Life is really hard. I tell my children all the time that life is God’s teachable moment with us. I am soon to be a 67-year old man, and you would think that by now I would have things sorted out. Perhaps I am a very slow learner, but when I look around…I am surrounded by other slow learners.
Each day presents each of us with thousands upon thousands of choices to make. What to do? What to say? How to say it? When to speak up? When to shut up? When to make a big deal of something, and when to … (2 comments)

thomas craig: Memorial Day: Heroes Among Us - 05/30/16 04:26 AM
I wrote the following post several years ago to honor two of my wife's uncles. With this post, I would like to thank my wife's nieces and newphew who bravely made careers in the Navy...and to all the brave men and women who continue to put their lives on the line so that we can live in freedom. Our entire way of life has been paid for by their blood and sacrifice.
Heroes Among Us
This past weekend was my wife’s family reunion. When it first began 20+ years ago, it was to celebrate the birthday of my wife’s grandmother…the matriarch … (0 comments)

thomas craig: I Wish My Words Were Magical - 05/24/16 06:08 AM
 I Wish My Words Were Magical
Don’t you just love all those movies and television shows where one of the main characters is headed down the wrong path and another main character sees what is going on and has a heart-to-heart conversation with that person; and the character headed down the wrong path completely changes his ways. I have to chuckle when I see that sort of thing…as if that happens in real life. I have had so many conversations with my children over the years trying to warn them of the cliff they are fast approaching. You know how many times … (24 comments)

thomas craig: Putting Limits on Love - 05/16/16 06:47 AM
My wife and I absolutely love this stage of our lives. Ah, the joys of being grandparents! We have a total of six grandkids, but we only have one we get to see on a regular basis. We see our grandson, William, 3-4 times a week. Being a part of his life, and getting an opportunity to watch him grow has been a blessing to my wife and me. Being old tends to give you a greater appreciation of life. As grandparents, we savior every minute we have with William.
William is four years old, and he is trying to grasp the concept of … (0 comments)

thomas craig: Active Rain Helps The Story Continue… - 05/05/16 11:52 PM
Back in 1983, my wife and I were watching a television news program on Sunday morning, waiting for our two boys to get ready for church. Little did we know that 15 minutes in front of the television would change our lives forever.
The news program dealt with the growing number of children made orphans in El Salvador as that country’s civil war continued on between the “have’s” and the “have not’s”. Having spent several unsuccessful years trying to adopt in this country, and being turned away since we already had two biological children; we both turned to each other and … (34 comments)

thomas craig: Nothing Left Unsaid - 05/02/16 02:01 AM
Nothing Left Unsaid
My wife and I were watching television Saturday night and it had gotten to be around 10:00 when she mentioned that she had recorded an interview Anderson Cooper had done with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. The title of the show was, Nothing Left Unsaid. The show was about 2 hours in length and our plan was to watch about an hour of it, and then go to bed and leave the rest for another night. Well, that didn’t happen. It was so absolutely fascinating and riveting that we just couldn’t stop watching. If there is such a thing as … (2 comments)

thomas craig: Measuring Progress - 04/26/16 05:33 AM
As agents, I am sure many of you have shown homes where somewhere in the house; there is a door casing marked with lines, dates, and name’s measuring the growth of the children living there. I have even had sellers want to take the board with them when they moved…considering this growth chart more important their most treasured possessions… their flat screen televisions.
Seeing this growth chart always brings a smile to my face as I recall my own children backing up to the door casing in our home and stretching themselves out in order to have their height measured. As a … (18 comments)

thomas craig: "Piece By Piece" by Kelly Clarkson: A Message For Fathers - 04/15/16 04:11 AM
Piece By Piece
The headline for this post comes from a song written and sung by Kelly Clarkson. I first heard the song, Piece By Piece, just a few weeks ago on American Idol. The song is an autobiographical look back on her childhood and the abandonment by her father when Kelly was 6-years old. The song juxtaposes her father’s actions against her own husband’s promise to always be there for her and their children. The night she performed Piece By Piece, Kelly could barely manage to get through the hauntingly painful lyrics. Those of us listening, including one of the judges … (0 comments)

thomas craig: Bob Feller: A Giant On and Off the Field! - 03/02/16 10:16 PM
Baseball season is right around the corner. Cleveland Indian's spring training games began being broadcast on the radio this week enough though we are experiencing snow flurries here in Ohio. If you are an Indian's sports fan, you can't think of the Tribe without also thinking of one of baseball's real heroes...Bob Feller. So Bob, as you watch players take to the field from your heavenly bleacher seat, I take a moment to honor you. 
For those of you in the dark about who Bob Feller was, let me briefly tell you a little about him. Bob Feller started his baseball career pitching in an … (6 comments)

thomas craig: You Can Be All The Difference... - 02/24/16 03:48 AM
The other night my niece posted the following on her Face Book page. It is about her husband, Ross, a former Cleveland area policeman. It is a letter from a woman whose life Ross saved.
I read in disbelief of the heroism, having never heard any of this before. It hit me on several levels. First, it certainly points out the fine work that policemen do. Second, as this letter deals with an attempted suicide, it points out that our lives can become worth living again. Just because we find ourselves in darkness today doesn’t mean that tomorrow can’t be filled with … (0 comments)

 
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