The Re-Creative Flow of Play

July 21, 2017

One of the utter delights of summer for me, here in Wisconsin, is spending time on my bike. In the last week I have had the joy of experiencing two separate long bike rides out in the country side. Both times I had the experience of losing track of time. What felt like a thirty […]

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A Human Chain of Support

July 14, 2017

The above quote from psychiatrist Erik Erikson seems obvious. Life doesn’t make any sense—in fact is not even possible—without acknowledging our interdependence. It is too easy to forget this truth,  though, and so this week, when I came across a news story that so beautifully exemplified both our need for each other and our innate […]

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PDF: A Redefinition

July 7, 2017

In 1993 the PDF format for sharing documents was launched, complete with an eight page ad in the Wall Street Journal. PDF, as most probably know, stands for Portable Document Format and has become universally recognized as the most efficient way to share files across different devices and operating systems. I recently came across an […]

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The Importance of Remembering Our Beginnings

June 30, 2017

In last week’s column I wrote about a book entitled Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz by Frank Barrett. Many of you responded by talking about the current “messes” you are in the midst of in your lives, and how it was helpful to be reminded that saying, “Yes” to those messes […]

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Yes to the Mess

June 23, 2017

In 1959 Miles Davis and a group of musicians recorded the album Kind of Blue, which turned out to be the best selling and one of the most influential jazz albums of all time.  The remarkable thing about this album is that the musicians had very little preparation time, not knowing what they would be […]

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Baseball Dadisms for Father’s Day

June 16, 2017

It is time for my annual column where I share Dadisms, those wise, pithy bits of wisdom the dads, and other men in our lives, shared with us as we were growing up. Father’s Day is a time to remember and give thanks not just for our fathers, but for all the men who have […]

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What Will You Be Harvesting This Summer?

June 9, 2017

I talked with a friend today who is an avid vegetable gardener and his excitement was infectious. He shared the names of various seeds and plants he already has in the ground, and it was obvious how excited he was about the harvest of corn, tomatoes, arugula, and other assorted vegetables he would be enjoying […]

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The Meaning of Happiness

June 2, 2017

The discipline of psychology has experienced a significant development over the last twenty years with the emergence of what is known as the study and practice of positive psychology. Psychology has traditionally focused on the study of the causes and cures for mental illness and much suffering has been relieved by what has been learned […]

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The Importance of Remembering

May 26, 2017

As Memorial Day approaches this year, I find myself thinking alot about the importance of remembering. I am especially remembering my dad who passed away six years ago, as he was one of the fortunate few to have survived the invasion of Utah Beach on D-Day. Many of his friends died by his side that […]

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Liminal Space

May 19, 2017

This is the time of year when it is common for me to get phone calls from parents of graduating high school seniors.  While the details are different with each of these calls, there is one common theme to them all. The parents want to know why when graduation should be such a happy occasion, […]

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