What's the Worst That Could Happen?

 March 21, 2014

“What’s the worst that could happen?” I’ve asked when helping individuals problem solve and make decisions. There’s something about confronting our worst fears that makes it easier to move ahead when stuck. Studies have shown that this is more effective than asking what’s the best that might happen. We are more held back by fear […]

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Antigua, Guatemala

 March 19, 2014

I was on hiatus last week while I explored Antigua, Guatemala, with my daughter Ruth and dear friend Bev Nemecek. This visit will provide material for future blog posts as well as help me with revision of a novel I’ve written set in Honduras. For now, enjoy a few pictures.  

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Giving Up Worry for Lent

 March 7, 2014

This first appeared in Jackson Citizen Patriot on Friday, March 26. Still relevant, still worrying! We are now in the season of Lent, a time for giving up certain vices, making sacrifices and striving to do good. This year, I decided to try something different for Lent: giving up worry. Worry is hereditary, they say–you […]

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Soft Launch for Buying Time, Beating Swords into Plowshares

 March 6, 2014

Buying Time Beating Swords into Plowshares   As I continue on my adventure in self-publishing, I now have a Kindle book. This will be followed by a paperback version but in preparation for that I need some reviews. There is still so much for me to learn as I fumble my way through learning about hyperlinks […]

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Do You Speak Geek? Learning the Language of Technology

 February 28, 2014

Throughout high school and college I studied languages. I studied French all eight years, plus several years of Russian in college, a semester of Mandarin Chinese, an independent study of ancient Greek, and some Spanish and Latin. With each new language, a new world and new way of thinking opened up before me. I loved […]

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Our Inefficient God

 February 21, 2014

Efficiency is over-rated. Efficiency experts tell us how to get organized, to only touch each piece of paper once, to multi-task and hence make the most of our time. However even the experts are realizing that effectiveness is more important than efficiency. You can be very efficient at doing the wrong thing, thereby being ineffective. […]

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Marriage After Fifty

 February 14, 2014

            Marriage on the downhill side of fifty is different from marriage in my twenties. Back then, death, illness, cancer, retirement, were all far off phenomena, not on my radar screen. Life was long and we had years ahead of us before we would have to deal with such things, or so I thought. Even […]

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Praying Through the White-Out Conditions in our Lives

 February 7, 2014

The following is from a column I had published in the Jackson Citizen Patriot on Feb. 23, 2007. In light of the bitter cold and blowing snow we have been experiencing this year, it seemed appropriate to post it again with small modifications. Stay safe!   During the extreme cold spell a few weeks ago, […]

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Happy Ground Hog Day!

 January 31, 2014

Oh, to be a ground hog. I’d pull back the covers and sleep until spring. The unusually cold and bitter weather has robbed me of all motivation. I don’t want to go out. I don’t want to work out. I just want to eat comfort food, after all, I need a few extra rolls of […]

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When You Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and It's Not Enough

 January 30, 2014

“The gods have two ways of dealing harshly with us, the first is to deny us our dreams and the second is to grant them.” Oscar Wilde What do you do when you have everything you dreamed of and it’s not enough? All of my adult life I dreamed of someday having the time and money to write. I’ve […]

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