TommyLog – Mile of Music & The Gift of Music!

05 Aug
August 5, 2017

Hey, kids it’s Dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about an amazing musical event happening in Appleton right now. It’s called Mile Of Music. This music festival is in its fifth year, with over 225 acts across 70 venues performing almost 1000 sets – – all in four days. I have been blessed to attend a few of these musical venues. It has been amazing.

Music is such a gift. And I’m so appreciative that these artists share their gifts with the people of Appleton Wisconsin.

A good friend made the comment, “without art and music, Appleton would just be concrete and parking meters.”

How true!!

Thank you all for sharing your talents, my life is so much better with your music in it!

Tommylog TECH – Organize Your Digital Interests with MrOwl

03 Aug
August 3, 2017

Hey, Kids, It’s Tommy and for today’s TommyLog Tech I want to introduce you to a new tool I have been using for some time, MrOwl.

What is MrOwl you might ask? MrOwl is your FREE 3 dimensional home for all your interests. Searching and saving your digital finds; links, documents & photos.

One thing though, MrOwl is NOT like other websites you may have used before!

MrOwl calls groups of links files and photos, Branches. You can search from the IOS app or Table and discover new interests that make you happy.

Let’s say you are searching for johnny Depp. You find a Johnny Depp branch. I can grab the branch, heart or like it and then you can share it with your other social networks. You can drill down deeper to see what characters he has played in different movies.

MrOwl allows your valued information to be easily curated, cultivated and shared by fellow MrOwl users.

Here’s another use case example. You are your girlfriends are planning a trip to Vegas, you each can collaborate together on MrOwl with a private branch. You invite your friends to the “Las Vegas” branch then you all start planning your trip together. You can share your google spreadsheet for your agenda, links to the shows you want to see and even have a sub branch for hotel information.

Unlike major social media properties, MrOwl isn’t connected to a linear timeline, so the content stays fresh, regardless of when it was added.

Ever have this happen to you? You are searching for the St. Louis Cardinals “baseball” team. But instead, you get search items for the OLD St. Louis Cardinal Football team, or the St. Louis Arch or even the Arizona Cardinals football team… hate that! Not with MrOwl. All of the information in MrOwl is curated by real humans so you know only the best information is provided. Now that you have drilled down to the St. Louis Cardinals branch, you can search for all-star Cardinal Ozzie Smith. You can search this branch, other branches or the community branch for Ozzy references.

MrOwl is an amazing tool and one you will find indispensable. Searching and discovering with MrOwl can be fun.

MrOwl is 100% Tommy Approved. I really love it and use it to organize and keep track of topics in interested in.

Download the IOS & Android app using the link below and make sure to SIGN UP FREE.

This video was produced as part of a collaboration with MrOwl. My opinions are my own.



TommyLog – Think About Others First!

26 Jul
July 26, 2017

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s Tommylog I want to talk to you about a sad story I heard about over the weekend. It seems there was a teenage girl who is live streaming while she was driving. She got in a terrible wreck and her sister and their passenger were ejected from the vehicle. Instead of calling 911, this distracted teenage driver picked up her phone and started live streaming the scene again. So let me get this straight, while her sister was dying from the injuries of the crash, instead of calling for help, she felt it necessary to continue live streaming from the scene of the accident.

What a terrible state of affairs here. There is so much wrong with this story. The answer in the situation is simple.

Think about others first.

If this gal had thought about others, chances are this accident never would’ve happened. But the accident did, and she had an opportunity to do something about it. Instead of calling authorities to tend to her dying sister, she decided to go back and start live streaming the event again. I just shake my head listening to the story. Such sadness all the way around.

Kids, put others first. Help those in need, give back. I promise you if you think about others first, things like this will never happen.

I love you.

TommyLog – Give Blood – Selfless Service

28 Jun
June 28, 2017

Hey Kids it’s dad, and today I did something a little bit different. Today I went and donated blood. It is been a long long time since I donated blood. I honestly didn’t even want to do it. But their phone calls convince me that I needed to give blood. I had a bad experience many years ago, my own fault. I did some strenuous work after donating blood, and I got sick. I own that.

But I did it. I donated blood. The people there could not be nicer. The most simple process. Show your ID, answer some questions, get your finger prick and blood pressure checked. Donate blood! Then you get punch and cookies. What a deal.

It wasn’t till I was walking away that it really hit me. I just did something for somebody, that they couldn’t do for themselves. People who donate blood give of themselves. It’s a totally selfless act of service.

Made me think of other service. Opportunities where I crab and kick and scream before hand, but then I’m so thankful that I went and did it.

Thank you to the community blood Center and for all the volunteers and hard workers.

I’ll be back!

TommyLog – Struggles Make You Stronger

21 Jun
June 21, 2017

Hey Kids, it’s Dad. Boy has it been a whirlwind few weeks. Grandma and grandpa coming to town, graduations, summer school starting, meeting new cousins, Drew’s baptism! Man we sure have been busy. But I’ve also been slacking on my TommyLog duties. I love doing these videos and for some reason I just haven’t had it… But now I’ve got it. I’m here!!


The Clifford family is full of struggles. We all struggle. Madeline, Clara, Tommy, Emma, Drew, mom and dad. We each have our own personal, financial, work and relationship struggles. Absolutely nobody is immune to struggles.

We all have confrontation also. I don’t like confrontation and unless I have facts and data. I always like to write out my thoughts. Helps me organize and be fair to both sides of the equation. Sometimes it takes days weeks and maybe even months of thinking and writing and rewriting to get my thoughts out straight. I was talking with a good friend this morning regarding confrontation. Few people like confrontation. I’m not good at it. But I’m trying to get better. I’m trying not to make it about me. If I make it about growing stronger together, things seem to work out better.

But remember, our struggles make us stronger!