Category: Family

19 Apr

2016 hit me really hard, but I learned 5 amazing life lessons

2016 turned out to be the toughest year I’ve ever experienced. I haven’t written about it publicly until now because I wasn’t ready. But I’m ready now. I know some of you already know what happened. Many of you don’t know, and a week doesn’t go by where I don’t field questions about what happened. […]

03 May

I blame my mom…

Family, Music No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

The Google driving directions said it was almost five hours north from Denver, CO to Chadron, NE. What’s north of Denver you ask? Turns out, really not much until you actually get to Chadron. The space in-between could be considered the southern tip of big sky country with loads of land and basically no one. […]

02 Sep

Appreciating My Younger Brother Michael Krieglstein

Family, Music, Stories No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Walking downstairs, I saw my brother, Michael, standing in his music studio with his guitar in hand and a video of Phish’s lead guitarist, Trey Anastasio, looping on a big screen in front of him. Before interrupting, I watched for a few moments in the background as Michael would review 20 seconds of video of Trey […]

08 Jan

Appreciating My Older Brother Daniel Krieglstein

Family 1 Comment by Tom Krieglstein

In 2008, Annie and I were one of three engaged couples left, out of 50,000, on the NBC Today Show Race to the Altar with the hopes of winning a million dollar wedding. The day before our final day on the show, I was speaking in Springfield, IL at a school and due to bad […]

04 Jan

Appreciating My Older Brother Mark Krieglstein

Family, Uncategorized No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

We’d often invite the local Boy Scout troop, in which my family was heavily involved, to our farm for camp outs. As expected, we’d stage a huge bonfire to cook tin-foil dinners and s’mores. As the night sky got darker, my older brother, Mark, would take over and bring us on one of his epic […]

03 Jan

Appreciating My Older Brother Robin Krieglstein

Family, Stories No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

When I was eight years old, I remember sneaking into my older brother Robin’s room while he was practicing his speed reading skills on his bed. I’d pull up next to him with a book, meant for someone twice my age, and try my best at speed reading. The problem was I didn’t know 90% […]

19 Nov

Something You Might Not Know About Me…

Family, Self Insight 2 Comments by Tom Krieglstein

Every November, my family would collect all the left over tomatoes from our farm that we couldn’t stuff into our bellies the prior three months. The collection was step one in the yearly ritual of canning everything for winter so we would have fresh produce during the long Michigan winter. Step two in the canning […]

17 Mar

Four Day Parenting Adventure in Pittsburgh

A-Ha Moments, Family, Parenting No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

And thus our four day parenting adventure in Pittsburgh comes to an end. I just finished reading the two little ones to sleep and as I said my final goodnight, they both softly said they love me and said I was the best Uncle Mas (that’s what they call me) that they know. It was […]

02 Feb

Being White During Black History Month

A-Ha Moments, Family 1 Comment by Tom Krieglstein

Last summer, we threw a huge retirement party for my mom. After 30 some years of teaching Social Work she was ready to slow down and smell the roses. As part of the celebration, we held an affirmation circle in the back yard where everyone circled up and she sat blind-folded while being showered with […]

30 Jan

I love our cat Oscar but…

Family, Love No Comments by Tom Krieglstein

(my favorite picture of Oscar – also my phone wallpaper) Oscar is our super adorable long haired seal point Himalayan cat that we’ve had for the past 10 years. He was part of a defect batch from a breeder and wasn’t considered valuable. To us he’s invalueable. Unlike our other tabby cat, Oscar just needs […]