Are You Prepared to Do What It Takes?

I read with interest some time ago about a senior executive at Muffin Break in Australia and the struggles they are having in getting young people walking off the street to apply for work. As she states, prior to Instagram, young people were eager for employment, but in the search for a large Insta following, theyContinue reading “Are You Prepared to Do What It Takes?”

EVERY BLACK LIFE MATTERS (BUT I WON’T SUPPORT BLM)

Every black life is valuable and precious. There are no exceptions. Thus, I can’t support the organization Black Lives Matter. Let me explain. Many of my black friends have told me that the phrase “black lives matters” is powerful because it draws attention to the historical fact that black lives have not been valued equallyContinue reading “EVERY BLACK LIFE MATTERS (BUT I WON’T SUPPORT BLM)”

When Our Young People Have Doubts

There’s a C. S. Lewis quote in my Ecuadorian classroom painted on the back wall: “We have nothing, if not belief.” These words from Voyage of the Dawn Treader are spoken by the valiant mouse Reepicheep. One might assume belief comes easy for students in my international Christian school. It doesn’t. Only 10 percent of the studentsContinue reading “When Our Young People Have Doubts”

Be Grateful for Those Who Influenced You (Even Though They Are Flawed)

A dozen years ago I read a wonderful small book called Handoff, written by my friend Jeff Myers, which caused me to think deeply about the people to whom I owe debts of gratitude. It got me thinking, “Have I taken the time to honor these people and to show them grace”? As Jeff points out, honor and graceContinue reading “Be Grateful for Those Who Influenced You (Even Though They Are Flawed)”

Perilous Exploits

Invincible. Indestructible. Insane. My son lives on the edge of danger. He calls it “living in the extreme.” I call it foolish and reckless. My son’s life dangles by a thin thread from the perilous exploits. As far as he is concerned, life is worthwhile only on a dare. Daredevil. Determined. Depressed. His grim faceContinue reading “Perilous Exploits”

Resolving Conflict Pt. 1

A couple who had been married for fifteen years once came to me for counsel. The husband was a dominant person, and forceful in expressing himself. The wife was quite intelligent and had good ideas, but because of her husband’s dominance had adopted only a passive role in their relationship. This had led to limitedContinue reading “Resolving Conflict Pt. 1”

Planned Parenthood’s Selling of Fetal Body Parts Exposed Under Oath

A new video released by the Center for Medical Progress, the group behind the 2015 undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of fetal body parts, has the nation’s largest abortion provider once again denying, hedging, and using phrases like “doctored” and “heavily edited.” Five years ago, Planned Parenthood denied what videos clearly showed,Continue reading “Planned Parenthood’s Selling of Fetal Body Parts Exposed Under Oath”

5 Warning Signs That You’re Married to a Narcissist

When I married in early 2001, I had never heard the word narcissist. We barely had the internet to search and learn online. I had no idea what narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder was. That seems to be the case for many who’ve been married longer than fifteen, twenty years, as it’s just recently becomeContinue reading “5 Warning Signs That You’re Married to a Narcissist”

3 Lessons My Son Taught Me During Quarantine

shut in my house was anything but a quest to find something to do. I am the Director of HR & Org Development in an essential company. My days were ten hours of Zoom calls, slogging through fast-changing benefits, laws, mandates. Taking calls from employees who begged to be furloughed, begged to not lose hours,Continue reading “3 Lessons My Son Taught Me During Quarantine”