Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you! I grew up celebrating Christmas with my family. As a kid, I learned that giving is the purpose of the season. But it was as an adult that I came to realize what that means and how much I appreciate giving to and for others. In […]

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Redefining Gratitude

There’s no shortage of social media posts about gratitude – it’s that time of year. Gratitude comes easy in November, but what about February or August – how do you sustain it all year long? I’m a word nerd, so I did some quick internet research on the origins of […]

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Social Media: In Pursuit of the Greater Good

You’ve noticed how easily you become distressed by the volatility in social media posts. What starts as sincere conviction about a topic quickly digresses into personal insults or worse. Your humanity is both cause and cure for the way your conversations do harm or good. And you have emotional intelligence […]

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Making Good from Bad

Natural disasters, human-made disasters, and cancer. These are the things that you find yourself in the midst of recently through no intention of your own. It sucks. It hurts. And the events seem to pile on relentlessly. Even in the midst of these tragedies playing out in my life, you […]

The Resolve to Be Better

My friend Steve stands out in a crowd. Partly because he’s 6’4”, but mostly because he’s gregarious and has an energy that attracts people. For all the years I’ve known him, he’s been a symbol to me of a thriving, healthy person. So it was difficult to read he has […]

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Wild Things & Peace: Leaders Thrive with Reflection Time

Poetry that highlights the realities of leadership in many nonprofit organizations inspired this post.

Things our dogs taught me: options and goals

We have 3 dogs, meaning the canines outnumber the humans in our household. We adopted them from our local dog shelter in 2009 and 2010. They’re roughly the same age and have sorted out among themselves the hierarchy of the pack. For the most part, it’s a peaceable kingdom. It […]

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Gone Fishin’: Wisdom from my Grandfather

Summer reminds me of my grandfather because it was his favorite time to go fishing. He liked to wake up early so we could be on the lake by sunrise and home before the relentless Texas heat bore down on us. Our fishing trips included lots of conversation, which is […]

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Mothers Day Revisited

A friend of mine shared a video of a sermon she preached in her congregation on Mothers Day. She introduced the video with a brief note stating that she wasn’t sure if her mother would approve of her sharing some of the parts of her life. My friend’s mother was […]

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On Transformation: The Value of Monarchs

The words of Henry David Thoreau may point you in a direction you need, but didn’t realize. Springtime is inspiring for many reasons, especially when you’re considering a personal transformation. “Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten  the note of each bird, […]