The Last Survivor: The Legacy of a Terrible Day

Everyone can tell you their story. Mine is simple. I sat at the Atlanta Bread Company at the second table from the door by the windows working on my daily plan.   Then, a man I did not know approached my table ashen and trembling. "They hit the second building."   I am sure you know what it is.   Tomorrow is [...]

By |2021-09-10T10:08:39-05:00September 10th, 2021|Reflections|0 Comments

Watching for Miracles: The Butterfly Experience

When I was a boy, I did something each spring that is almost unknown in today’s Xbox world. As I watched, caterpillars crawled out from under a leaf. That allowed me to witness a miracle. I ran into the house, found a Mason Jar (we always had Mason Jars!), and poked holes in the lid. When back outside, I found a stick [...]

By |2021-08-26T18:55:51-05:00August 26th, 2021|Reflections|0 Comments

A 15-Month Semester: Lessons Learned from Difficulty

We’ve lived through 15 months of lessons and tension. What have we learned on the other side of the pandemic?   On April 18, 2020, I (naively) wrote an article called “Decisions, Decisions: What To Do When It Is Over? It described what I thought it would be like when the virus and its threat abated.   I only missed the target [...]

By |2021-05-12T14:24:08-05:00May 12th, 2021|Reflections|2 Comments

Where Do We Go a Year Later? Using Wayfinding to Navigate the Times

The past year left us with a problem. What are we going to do now?   Washington Irving wrote the story of a man who goes to sleep only to wake 20 years later. He discovered he missed so much, such as the American Revolution. He lived in a different world than the one he left.   His name was Rip Van [...]

By |2021-03-12T19:17:52-06:00March 12th, 2021|Reflections|0 Comments

To Sow Joy, Plant…

Scott Thompson's family has farmed the Wisconsin soil for over 70 years. He usually plants strawberries. Then, in the fall, he grows raspberries and pumpkins. This year, his crop looked different. He planted joy. You can't plant joy, but you can plant sunflowers. Thompson planted 22 acres of sunflowers. Thompson Strawberry Farm attracted families who picnic, wander fields of florals, and take [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:46:33-06:00February 8th, 2021|Life Observations, Reflections|3 Comments

The Plimsoll Line: The Case for Quitting

In the 1860s, the merchant marine fleet of England suffered many losses. Ships sank in record numbers. Many sank in the harbor. It fell to Samuel Plimsoll, a young naval officer, to spot the problem. As long as a ship had space, cargo kept coming. Soon, the weight pushed the keel lower until it sank beneath the waterline. Plimsoll had the solution, [...]

By |2021-01-26T19:20:13-06:00January 26th, 2021|Life Observations, Personal Change, Reflections|0 Comments

Putting Out a Smoldering Fire: A President’s Way of Dissipating Anger

All of us sit on a powderkeg of emotions. The worst of all is anger. Anger throws bricks through windows. It speeds up behind another driver, draws a gun, and starts shooting. It slaps a wife, batters children, and burns forests. It holds a keyboard as it types bitter all-cap letters into Twitter or Facebook. Harsh words wound. All are the results [...]

Huh? Listening in a Deaf World

Our world is deaf. It is not from the inability to hear but the refusal to listen. Shouting. Name-calling. Interruptions. They are all signs of the times. The first presidential debate of 2020 put it onstage in living color. The candidates acted as if they were two third-graders shouting ridicule at each other on the school playground. (I apologize for the insult [...]

By |2020-10-03T20:25:32-05:00October 3rd, 2020|Leadership, Reflections|0 Comments

Keeping Lives and Hearts Clean: Be The Keeper of the Spring

Is there a keeper of the spring in your life? Perhaps you need to heed the counsel of a Scottish preacher named Peter Marshall. Marshall had a gift. His Scottish brogue did more than enchant. It allowed him to communicate relevant ideas. His post-war generation was so different, yet so much the same as ours. “The Keeper of the Spring” became one [...]

By |2020-09-21T20:26:23-05:00September 21st, 2020|Life Observations, Personal Change, Reflections|0 Comments
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