Did that Conversation take a wrong turn?

We’ve all had conversations that have just gone bad. The thing is that in every conversation, there’s a goal in mind. There’s some destination that you’re trying to get to. Even in those social, “just getting to know you” conversations. Or those old friend conversations just seem to meander and go every here and there. […]

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The most important team in your life

Around New Years this year I wrote an article to the effect of the unified husband and wife achieve more. People who share common goals have a greater likelihood of achieving their goals. Dave Ramsey, in his book EntreLeadership, uses a metaphor to show the synergy of working in teams. I think the number one […]

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What is real intimacy?

What exactly is real intimacy? It’s a whole lot more than just sex. A lot of times in our modern culture we use the word “intimacy” as a euphemism for talking about sex. There can be intimacy, non-sexual intimacy in lots of relationships or lots of areas in your life. The developmental phase that you hit […]

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Perennial Problems – The Ones That Never Go Away

What do you do with the perennial problems in your marriage? The kind of arguments that make you feel like you’re living in Groundhog Day, but in your relationship. Those arguments that just come back over and over and over again. It depends on whether you can manage them. Some arguments are just unsolvable. They […]

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What should you do when you hit a project wall?

All right. The last video was, “What to do when you hit a wall in your learning?” This one is, “What to do when you hit a wall in a project, or solving a particular problem.” Same options as before, you can go over the wall, around the wall, or through the wall. Going through […]

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In Memory of Jon

Of my five siblings, Jon and I were the closest. Ben and I had a sibling rivalry growing up, with both of us trying to fill the role of the firstborn. Isaac and my sisters are just so much younger that we experience life at a different pace. We’re not supposed to have favorites. I […]

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What should you do when you hit a learning wall?

What would you do when you hit a wall in your learning? You’re trying to study something. You’re trying to learn something new. You’re stuck on one concept, and you just can’t seem to get your head around it. Just like with a physical wall, you can go through it; you can go around it, […]

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Integrity and transferable lessons

As we go through life, and we learn lessons in our faith. We build our relationships with our family and with our friends. We manage our finances. We do things for recreation. We move forward in our professional lives, our careers, and perhaps manage a business.  We develop in leadership. In all these areas in […]

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Metaphors for growing through hard times

Hey, I’m back from Ohio now. Back home, making some time to read and fill the tank. I have been making some time to process things and go through my healing. For anyone else, when you go through stuff like this. The loss of a sibling, or any hard experience in life. If you want […]

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How do you fill your tank?

Hey. Right now I’m in a hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. I’m here on the trip where I’m bringing my brother’s remains home. I’m sorting through his apartment and figuring out what we are going to bring home, what we are going to ship, and what we are going to leave. Not a pleasant trip, […]

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