Makenzie’s College Visit: Revelation University

We’ve begun a search. Our youngest is a senior in High School and is in the process of college-shopping.  For those of you who’ve walked this path, you know that it means college-visits and you understand the drill:  setting up appointments with the various departments, looking at their academics, talking with coaches and those who fanContinue reading “Makenzie’s College Visit: Revelation University”

I’m Forgiven: Millions And Thousands

I love the story Jesus tells in Matthew 18 of a guy who owed a king millions of dollars.  The king decides to call in all his debts which obviously put the guy in a very bad spot.  The man begged for mercy and the king forgave the millions.  But then the forgiven guy turns around andContinue reading “I’m Forgiven: Millions And Thousands”

Vulnerable: A 9/11 Thought

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18 9/11. Anniversaries can sting.  The recollection of the death of a chid.  The days of counting since the dissolution of a marriage.  The remembrance of a horrific event.  That is today for we who call ourselves Americans.  AsContinue reading “Vulnerable: A 9/11 Thought”

The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized

The story of the sower and the seed is rich with truth and application.  (You can read it here).  But of all the ‘soils’ that Jesus mentions, the one that hits me today is the good soil – not because it’s who I’m striving to be and not because it’s the Christian thing to say.  ItContinue reading “The Sower: Good Soil is Synchronized”

Labor Day: 3 Reasons Why Your Work is a Gift From God

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 outlines your work this way: “It is good for people to … enjoy their work … And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God.” It has onlyContinue reading “Labor Day: 3 Reasons Why Your Work is a Gift From God”

We Are Circular Breathers

I’m a string player not a wind player.  Simply put, string players play instruments that use metal, hyde or woven wires to emanate sound.  Guitars, mandolins and dulcimers would fall into this category.  Wind players use their breath to blow into an instruments, usually utilizing reeds and stops to create sounds.  Flutes, trumpets and bagpipes (areophones)Continue reading “We Are Circular Breathers”

Robin Williams – The Comedic Pause

There is a tool used in a monologue of comics called “the comedic pause.”  The purpose of this pause is to set up a laugh line. In essence, a comic would tell a story and right before the punch line, he’d pause, creating a sense of tension before he’d ‘drop the funny line’ – theContinue reading “Robin Williams – The Comedic Pause”


They didn’t know each other and we didn’t know her.  Yet last Friday, we all connected. I opened up my email and saw one sent from, “Quinn.”  I don’t know any one bearing that name.  Spam had spammed me I thought.  As is my habit on these junky occasions, I hovered my cursor and right clickedContinue reading “LIFE IMPACT: MAKENZIE AND QUINN”


I’m angry this morning. I don’t normally wake up angry yet today I am. A friend of mine who has influence and has influenced hundreds of adults and high school students died suddenly on July 4th of a brain aneurism.  Young, brilliant, creative and physical death captured him as he prepared for his day. FunnyContinue reading “I’M ANGRY AT DEATH”


Yesterday, my 17 year-old daughter Maddie, dressed in her flowing pink and sparkling prom dress and led the singing at a “Frozen” party.  (“Frozen” is a wonderful Disney movie recently released).  25 preschool through second grade girls (mostly) dressed up in their favorite ‘princess’ attire, danced around and sang at the top of their little lungs-Continue reading “LOVE IS AN OPEN DOOR”

Makenzie: Five Times Now, Today.

I’m up earlier than normal again.  The last few weeks have stolen hours of sleep from me, most likely because of today. Five times now, I’ve endured the turning of this calendar page without my oldest daughter Makenzie.  Five times now, this day has kept me from work, from happiness and from others.  Five timesContinue reading “Makenzie: Five Times Now, Today.”

God Will Stop Your Traffic

Traffic normally doesn’t ruffle my feathers. That one day, it did. I was late for an appointment and I hate being late. You know the drill. Rushing out the door. Grasping at anything. Bumping into everything. Feeling like your world is on the verge of collapse. You neglect the goodbye-spouse kiss and speed backward outContinue reading “God Will Stop Your Traffic”

Part 4: Getting Healthy – Can I Do This?

Before I decide to coach someone on getting healthy, I meet over coffee to discuss their readiness.  In that initial conversation, the question “Can I do this?” often comes up.  Usually it is based on trial and failure from the past. The question is not a good question.  “Can I do this” immediately put’s doubtContinue reading “Part 4: Getting Healthy – Can I Do This?”