Why Do We Avoid People Who are Different from Us?
Aug20

Why Do We Avoid People Who are Different from Us?

Oh, the things we miss when we avoid people who are different from us. We’re odd, you and I. We rail against divisions in our culture — political, economic, social, racial. Yet, if we’re honest, most of our friends look and believe and think exactly like us. What a waste. People who live in silos miss out on so much. Some of the most electrifying conversations I’ve had have taken place with people who are not at all like me....

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Twenty-Four Inches from Certain Death: Thoughts on God After a Brush with Death
Jul11

Twenty-Four Inches from Certain Death: Thoughts on God After a Brush with Death

I had a near death experience a couple of days ago. Better said, a brush with death. And it’s made me think about the goodness of God, human suffering, and whether or not the two can co-exist. Dedee and I are vacationing in Maui with ten lifelong friends. Two days ago, my friend Tad and I were walking back to the beach after purchasing a hat in a shop inside the resort. We walked through an open-air courtyard with nine stories...

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The Lion Still Roars: For Pop, On Father’s Day
Jun20

The Lion Still Roars: For Pop, On Father’s Day

He winces with each step, his feet twisted and swollen, a painful reminder of boyhood fences leapt and telephone poles climbed, of tennis matches played and fairways strolled, of miles of laps to and fro getting this man’s beer and that lady’s club soda. His mind — a safe deposit box in years past, amazing others with the ability to remember birth dates even birth hours of each family member, even distant...

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The Moral Crisis of Firing an Employee
May29

The Moral Crisis of Firing an Employee

It’s not that he didn’t work hard; in that respect, he was a model employee. It’s just that someone else could do his job better. Even if he could summon up the ability to perform at his dead-level best every single day, he’d still fall short of what I needed from his position. So, I decided to make a change. And that’s what threw me into a moral crisis. The employee in question — we’ll call him Doug —...

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How the Sex Talk Can Cement Your Relationship with Your Kids
Apr27

How the Sex Talk Can Cement Your Relationship with Your Kids

I always assumed Dedee would get the sex-talk with our girls. But parents are not always in charge. Sometimes the kids run the show. Our oldest daughter Taylor decided that I would be the parent who got The Talk. It turned out to be one of the highlights of being a Dad. Blind-Sided by “The Talk” Taylor was 10 years old when it happened. We were driving in the car, just the two of us, making small talk and listening to the...

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