Going deep

Can you smell it?  Football season is in the air again.  I just joined in for a few downs with some neighborhood teenagers playing touch in the street in front of my house. As I counted down one Mississippi to five Mississippi before rushing the quarterback, I flashed back to the glory days of mud…

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What matters most

Have you ever made a ranked list of what matters most to you in your life?  Not easy, is it?  And the minute you make that assessment, your circumstances could change.  That’s the thing about priorities… they are relative and situational.  What used to be #1 on your list could drop like a rock, and #10…

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Turn it on

When you ask co-workers to turn on webcams during an online meeting, some will say “Sure!” and appreciate the social connectedness it brings.  Some will reject it faster than a bushman afraid of losing his soul.  Everyone wants to look their best at work, but why is webcam video so different than a face to…

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Half way there

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” “Settle down kids, we’re half way there,” my dad reassured us on the long drive to Grandma’s house.  We settled back in the big black vinyl seat with our comic books and toys.  There was something comforting about “half way there.” It showed we were really making…

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Clues to character

It’s true that clues to someone’s character can be found in the way they treat others.  I wrote a story in August, 2009 about a homeless kid I met on a train.  It seemed like a small thing to me at the time, but it ended up being the most read and passed along blog post of that year. …

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Faith ain’t easy

How do you get from “I think” to “I believe” to “I know”?  (For my Texas friends… from “I reckon” to “I’m fixin” to “I done did it”?)  I’m talking about really big goals, like running a marathon or defeating a life-threatening disease.  For an achievement so huge, it takes a tremendous physical effort and…

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Doing your part

I remember back when my wife and I bought a new sectional couch for our first home, a condo in Tustin, CA.  We were so excited when it arrived, but soon realized we hadn’t really planned for what to do with the old couch.  We could put an ad in the paper or try to…

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