Jay Payleitner Blog

Don't try to figure out a pattern to my blogging. There isn't one. 

Be a Fool for Christ.

April 1, 2022

At first glance, it seems like the Bible puts a significant emphasis on avoiding conflict. “Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. […]

Read More

Don’t Strangle Your Teenager

March 8, 2022

On some occasion when you might consider strangling your teenager, please don’t. Because they might give you grandkids someday. Also remind yourself often that most teenagers are really just trying to […]

Read More

A Gift for Your Ten Year Old

February 15, 2022

There are a ton of things you take for granted that would be empowering to your ten-year-old son or daughter. That includes stuff you learned so long ago that you […]

Read More

Valentine Instructions for Dudes

February 3, 2022

Consider yourself warned. Don’t miss it. Don’t go overboard. Find a nice middle ground. And for heaven’s sake get all shopping and ordering out of the way a week before […]

Read More

Carpe Annum

December 31, 2021

Dear fellow life sojourners: The above piece — begun decades ago and finished last night — seems more timely than ever. I coined the term “Carpe Annum” back in 1995. Its intended […]

Read More

Without Deadlines, I Wouldn’t Write Anything

November 10, 2021

Dear Creative Friends: Having written more than two million published words, you may be surprised to hear that I could easily toss my MacBook Pro out the window and not […]

Read More

Be a SuperMom

October 14, 2021

When our son, Randy, was in kindergarten, he told Rita he wanted to be Superman for Halloween. How could she say no to that? Early in October, the two of […]

Read More

Do. Model. Teach.

September 22, 2021

Generations ago, the boundaries were clear. He was the breadwinner. She was the homemaker.   In many ways, it’s a good thing those boundaries are not quite so clear anymore. Both […]

Read More

Sneaky Back-to-School Night Idea

September 8, 2021

Here’s a sneaky reason not to miss Back-to-School Night. Sure, you’ve been there and done that. It can seem like the same old blah, blah, blah. But you really should […]

Read More

Talked a while with all five of my kids in the last 48 hours

September 3, 2021

Here’s the context. Rita is out of town for a few days. Hanging out in Phoenix with a couple of old friends from high school. Me, I’m just trying to […]

Read More


Sign up now to receive notes from Jay in your inbox. Just a few times per month.

Something short and sweet. A discovery. A warning. A reminder. A joke worth sharing.
Maybe an announcement about my schedule or a new product.
No spam. No pop ups. You can opt out anytime.

Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.