Truth…It’s Just Crazy Enough It Might Work

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Want to do something refreshing? Want to get noticed? Want to stand out? Turns out, one of the most radical, off-the-wall strategies out there involves representing yourself accurately. Wall Street receives hundreds of applications for interns every year. Each applicant “pumps up” his resume, padding his experience, beefing up his titles, and piling on his work experiences. When you have a world full of supermen, what’s special about another person leaping a tall building? What is … [Read more...]

Six Of My Favorite Story Songs (Videos)

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We’re in the dead of winter, and the hand-chapping winds outside have invited themselves inside through every crack and seam in this old house. Nothing fights back the chill and warms a room like a good story, so I’m sharing six of my favorite story songs. My gifts to you to warm your toes and mind this chilly Friday! 1) The Temptation of Adam: Every time I hear this song I chuckle out loud. Who thinks up a story of a romance that develops between two people assigned to guard a nuclear … [Read more...]

Dr. King – A Painfully Uncomfortable Example

Dr. King

Like us all, yet in his own, serious ways, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a flawed man. Yet, he is one of my heroes. What I most admire about him is his courage to speak the truth in love, showing respect to those who disagreed with him. We were a divided nation, and Dr. King knew his work would likely cost him his life. But, like Daniel, Martin Luther King would not bend his back or turn from the lion’s den; he kept speaking truth in love with respect. Why? He answered that question once in a … [Read more...]

Clicking Parties and Other Milestones

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Our youngest daughter, Claire, has had a hard time learning to read. Our first two children took to books like honeybees to flowers, but their sister has had a harder time locating the nectar. Awhile back, my wife, Jamie, told Claire: “If you stick with it and work hard, there will come a time that reading will just click for you.” That statement ignited hope in Claire, and clearly stuck in her mind all day – that night before bed, she said, “Mom, I can’t wait for that clicking … [Read more...]

BOOK TRAILER for “Man on the Run”

Here's the video book trailer for "Man on the Run." Check it out, and then leave me a message and let me know what you think! … [Read more...]

“Thanks, Farmers!” – From Sportsmen

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I think many sportsmen are farmers at heart. They’ve simply missed their calling. Think about it: farmers love being outside, alone with their thoughts. They live for overcoming weather, equipment, and wildlife. And they find a great satisfaction in providing food for themselves and others. Is that not the same soul of a sportsman? This past fall, on a crisp, breezy November afternoon, I sat in a tree stand along a cut bean field. Across my field, on the other side of the road, a seasoned … [Read more...]

Tebow, Burkhead, and Osborne

Tim Tebow

In a day when ship captains push aside women to leap into lifeboats, and when leaders of universities sit on their hands when they hear about the sexual abuse of children, and when no one in Washington will take responsibility for the death of four Americans in Benghazi…it’s refreshing to find an exemplar. Or, better yet, three: While much of the nation is taking pot shots at Tim Tebow for praying in public and keeping his pants on, the QB continues to help others when he’s not … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolution #1

Man on the Run

Let's make something other than body fat our focus in 2013. If you’re like me, you’re doing a lot of reflecting on your life this time of the year. As I think of my hopes for 2013, many of my “resolutions” have been sparked by one verse in the Old Testament: Daniel 6:4 “Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no … [Read more...]

“Daddy, What’s Real…Disney or Planet Earth?”

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I’ve been watching Planet Earth with my family. Huge kudos to the BBC Natural History Unit – these videos are breathtaking. They’re also raw and vivid in their portrayal of the brutality of “real life… painfully raw and vivid, in my 7-year-old’s opinion. Tonight we watched the “Fresh Waters” episode, and Claire shrieked and buried her head under a blanket when a crocodile laid the hammer down on an unsuspecting wildebeest. As parents, we need to live with our children with … [Read more...]

5 Dumb Things I Did (Or Almost Did) In Past 10 Days

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1. Chased a mouse in my boot: On Monday night, I slipped on my Muck Boots to grab some wood for the fireplace. When I stepped into the garage, I heard a squeak. Another mouse, you’ve got to be kidding me, I thought. I went into hunt-mode, flipped on the light, and looked around. Nothing. I took a couple more steps toward the woodpile, and then heard another squeak. Forget the wood, I’m catching that thing! I got on my hands and knees and looked under the van, behind shelves, and around the … [Read more...]