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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The Day I Lost My Cool but Got Something Better in Return
Apr10

The Day I Lost My Cool but Got Something Better in Return

I was a dork as a kid. Gangly, awkward. A spectacular clutz. Feet and ears too big for my body. Not quite Alfred E. Neuman, but close. Most of the time I wore high-water jeans that showed four inches of white gym socks. Not by choice, mind you, but I was growing so fast that my mom couldn’t afford to keep me in clothes that fit. It would’ve broken the bank. But there was a time in 5th grade when I was the coolest kid in school. Or at...

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Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
Feb13

Three Ways You Can Overcome Fear of Public Speaking

I’ve been thinking lately about stage fright. Mainly because I’ve spent the last several weeks rehearsing and performing in a play at a local professional theatre. It’s the reason why I haven’t written in awhile. When I first began speaking and acting in my early teens I experienced terrific stage fright. Almost crippling. Dry mouth. Sweaty palms. Near panic attacks. Sound familiar? Do you get nervous like that...

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Growing Up Black: Two Men Tell Me about Life Near Ferguson
Jan16

Growing Up Black: Two Men Tell Me about Life Near Ferguson

In the aftermath of the events in Ferguson, I’ve decided to do what most people recommend but few actually do: I’ve begun talking about race with those who are different from me. I’m a white man who grew up in a white town. So, I am incapable of understanding what it’s like to grow up as a black man in the urban core. Just as I don’t know what it’s like to grow up Santhal in India. But I want to...

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The Legacy of a Mentor: A Guiding Principle that has Shaped My Life
Jan04

The Legacy of a Mentor: A Guiding Principle that has Shaped My Life

For the past 16 years, I’ve worked for an incredible leader. He taught me about business and how to think big. He showed me how to inspire people to come up with solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems and to never give up. He became a mentor to me. Two weeks ago, Greg Anderson retired. I’ll miss our regular conversations. Our brainstorming sessions.  Yet, part of him will remain with me because he has instilled in me a...

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