Campaigning vs. Governing

September 22, 2017

Often when a politician wins an election after running for office for the first time, we hear some version of the following, “They are now discovering the difference between campaigning and governing.” The point is of course that governing—working to get things changed—is usually much more difficult than proclaiming a vision for change while on […]

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Time Waits for No One

August 25, 2017

  Do any of us really need reminders that time passes so quickly? I think it would be hard for any of us to deny the signs of time passing that  are all around us everyday. There are three specific reminders that I am particularly aware of this week come. The first has to do […]

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Love Eclipses Hate

August 18, 2017

Some of the most beautiful words ever written about love were authored two thousand years ago by the apostle Paul. The words appear in the Bible’s New Testament. If you have attended a wedding this summer, you may have even heard his words read at the ceremony. No matter how many times any of us […]

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Lessons Learned from Eating Ice Cream

August 11, 2017

Do you ever suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia? If you do, you have no one to blame but yourself. That may sound harsh, but I know first hand about this because I, through my own doing, suffered from it again last week. That’s right, just a few days ago I made the mistake of eating my […]

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Connecting with the Source

August 4, 2017

I recently read that there are over 8,000 farmers markets in the United States each summer and that this number is growing rapidly. Chances are, there is a farmers market somewhere near where you live. I certainly understand their popularity, as going to a local farmers’ market to shop for our produce is always a […]

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Clean Slate

July 28, 2017

If you were asked to look back over your life and list some of your biggest regrets, what would come to mind? Recently, a group of strangers in New York City reflected on their regrets and their responses were captured on video. A link to the video appears at the end of this piece. Please […]

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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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