Count the cost

“You seem subdued, quiet and/or tired,”  My wife was right. I was. The previous week had been overwhelming. I was exhausted, even though I had the easy part. Sandy’s done much more for me than I have for her in our 42 years together. Now, because of a fluke ocean...

Surprises from Writing a Professional Book

More than a decade ago my best friend suggested that we write a book. We had two problems. We shared many interests, but we didn’t share much expertise and we couldn’t clearly identify the potential readers. We decided not to go ahead. The idea of a book continued to...

The Loss of Civility

Ten years ago, it was different. At least I think it was. My circle of friends and acquaintances extends to people on both sides of the political aisle. Each of my closest associates give love to people who can never repay them. The people whom I trust most have more...

Doing Hard Things

God gave me a brain like a popcorn popper – something is always popping up. That would be fine if all I did was think about those pop-up ideas. Many times, I don’t. I decide it’s time to head off in a new direction. Fortunately, I married a woman who is the...

Become great at something

My favorite movie is Chariots of Fire. The Master/Dean’s speech sets the tone for the film. He invites and challenges the freshman class to “find your one true chance of greatness.” You and I will probably never win an Olympic Gold Medal or a Nobel Prize. We’re...

Sacrifice

Contemporary American culture and media extol convenience, comfort and autonomy. In other times and cultures, sacrifice was widely admired and recognized as a mark of character. In the last millennium, when I was in college, I played tournament chess. I worked hard at...