The Best Financial Strategy for People in their 20s (and older folks too)
Nov19

The Best Financial Strategy for People in their 20s (and older folks too)

I have no one to blame but myself. My Uncle Rodge gave me sound financial advice when I was still in my teens, but I ignored it: Greg…sock away money every month and don’t touch it. Tap into the power of compounding interest. You won’t believe how your money can grow.” I didn’t listen. And now I’m kicking myself. Compounding simply means you earn interest on your interest. It is the single best financial strategy for people in their...

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The Dangers of Letting Your Life Revolve Around Your Kids
Nov18

The Dangers of Letting Your Life Revolve Around Your Kids

After listening to dozens of young guys share with me their struggles, I’ve come to a conclusion about fatherhood: It is more important for kids to tag along with Dad as he goes about his business than it is for Dad to tag along with them as they go about theirs. We parents feel a crushing obligation to fill up our schedules with our kids’ stuff. We run ragged chasing our kids from soccer game to karate practice, piano lessons to...

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What is the One Thing Every Boy Needs to Become a Man?
Oct20

What is the One Thing Every Boy Needs to Become a Man?

My friend Autumn lost her husband a little over a year ago. Now, in her mid 40s, she is a single mother raising three kids on her own. Her son is 12. In an effort to gain insight on how to raise a son alone, Autumn recently posed this question: Dads, what would your advice be? As a mother of a son whose dad passed away, I am keenly aware that there are things a father would know to share that I won’t. P.S. He already taught himself to...

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In the Mood for a Good Story? Listen to “The Luck of Roaring Camp”
Oct10

In the Mood for a Good Story? Listen to “The Luck of Roaring Camp”

This post is a departure from what you normally read on my blog. In fact, you don’t need to read it at all. You can listen to it instead. This is an abbreviated audio recording of Bret Harte’s moving short story, “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” I am the narrator. Here is a brief synopsis: The story takes place in 1851 during the California gold rush. A mining town in the foothills of the Sierras. Roaring Camp is...

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What an Old Family Picture Teaches Me about Happiness
Aug07

What an Old Family Picture Teaches Me about Happiness

This is one of my favorite family pictures. It depicts the Grapes of Wrath-ish portion of my family’s history. There is so much I love about this snapshot of Mom and two of her brothers. The old wagon they’re sitting in. The rug hanging from the line on the porch, no doubt recently beaten with a stick to remove the dust. The broken pane of glass in the upstairs window. Which kid was responsible for that one? The sagging...

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The Day I Mustered Up the Gumption: A Personal Post
Jun18

The Day I Mustered Up the Gumption: A Personal Post

The first time I saw you I knew you were out of my league. I nudged the guy next to me. “Who…is that?!” We were sitting in the back row of the room where the speech team held its meetings at Bradley University. “Dedee Wallace. She transferred in from Southeastern.” “She’s….gorgeous! Wow.” “Forget it, Lhamon. She’s out of your league.” See, even my friends knew. Back then, my experience with beautiful women was that they...

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