Break the Rules – Leave a Legacy

She won’t admit it, but my 10th grade substitute English teacher fueled me to write for the last 26 years. The first teacher took ill and had to take a sabbatical. I think that maybe we kids gave her a nervous breakdown. Then “Mrs. E” showed up in a big fur coat and bleached blond […]

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Lessons From a Tree Surgeon and Surfer

In the tree service, using friction is a must. When you are cutting and lowering 500 – 3000 pound logs from 100 feet and up, as my good friend in the pictures below does, friction is a needed ally. There is a science to using friction to leverage monster logs out of the air while […]

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Are You a Coercive King, or an Inspiring Servant?

I once heard it said that the task of a leader is to “get the herd moving roughly west.” The speaker was a so-called leadership expert, had been a leader in various roles, and authored books on the subject. If the conference had not been mandatory I would have left the room immediately. As it […]

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Slay Your Dragons

I am slaying dragons one day at a time. These are the outside voices: the waxing, endless prattle of the gestating carnival, the quack cure captains that will stuff you with sugar pills and then sell you out, the dream dopers, the lords of the lounge chair. When I shut the voices out and the […]

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On Comparing and Expectations

A friend recently shared on how much easier it is to win in life without comparison and expectations–which I totally get. But the idea triggered a bunch of thoughts on the topic which I have included here. On the one hand, my friend is right that comparing and expectations are potentially harmful to relationships. However, […]

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Two Kinds of Loneliness

There are more than two kinds of loneliness. The cry of heart for companionship flows forth in many forms and in many flavors–perhaps as many as there are kinds of people. There are two kinds of loneliness in particular are most painfully acute and common to people everywhere. When joined, the two lonelinesses can produce […]

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What is the Magic of Success?

In a world full of so many capable people, have you ever wondered why so few seem to succeed? It’s true that I.Q., upbringing, social status, class, popularity, and even education don’t always cause the achievements of a person. So, if the playing field is level, why do so many people leave the game? What’s […]

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Do Dreams Have Meaning?

I’ve often wondered whether dreams have meaning. Good dreams, bad dreams, sometimes just plain crazy dreams. Random and capricious, dreams often leave me to think that they don’t have meaning. And then an unforgettable one comes like one did last night, and I have to revise my opinion. This one contained truth in it. The […]

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Voices that Build

Since the time we were children, voices have surrounded us. Voices that have shaped and influenced us. Hugs, kisses, caresses, praises, and encouragements; or instructions, demonstrations, opinions, and corrections; and all too often harsh declarations, expressions, yelling, slapping, whipping, hitting, and beatings…there are a full array of sounds that the voices carry. The voices accumulate […]

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The Most Destructive Force on Earth

What is the most destructive force on earth? Is it anger? Pain? Disloyalty? Poverty? Disease? Terrorism? The atomic bomb?  Natural disaster? What causes more pain and anxiety in the lives of people everywhere than any other thing? What is steering your ship? I was out last night with my good friend, Sothea Seng. The main […]

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