Apr 13, 2014

The Other Glove

Author James McDermott recalls when he was a young boy at the train station. He saw a man on a departing train fiddling with his pipe. As the man waved goodbye, he removed one glove to better handle the pipe. In his enthusiasm, the glove fell out of the window...Read more +
Apr 7, 2014

Ruby Bridges

In 1960, a six-year-old named Ruby Bridges integrated New Orleans' public schools. Every morning, through screaming crowds, federal marshals escorted little Ruby to a school now boycotted by whites. Every day, Ruby sat in a classroom—alone except for the teacher. Ruby’s father was fired, and her grandparents were forced to...Read more +
Mar 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Mediocrity: Playing It Safe Will Never Change the World

The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference. No such luck. In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event,...Read more +
Mar 9, 2014

It Is Well

Horatio Spafford suffered three major traumas. His only son died of scarlet fever at age four. In the great Chicago Fire of 1871, the then-prominent businessman was destroyed financially. Soon afterward, all four of Spafford’s daughters perished when their transatlantic ship collided with another vessel and sank. Several weeks later,...Read more +
Mar 7, 2014

Community Post: A Week of Play

Some folks say they want to "work hard, play hard." My husband and I prefer, "Work steady, play steady." Which means we'll keep doing both, as long as we can. We like work. We believe that work is an amazing privilege of life on planet Earth. We like the way...
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Mar 4, 2014

Community Post: As Long As We Can Laugh About It

There it was again. That playful smirk, the crooked grin, and that spirited look in those green eyes (the ones with unbelievably long lashes for a guy). “Everything is not funny, you know,” I said. Those six simple words, they sliced the air with a weighted dare—one to prove humor...
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Mar 3, 2014

Maintaining Your Faith While Playing Words with Friends

I didn’t realize husbands were supposed to do this. This was not part of my vows. This has never been mentioned in any marriage book I’ve read or counseling session I’ve sat in. And yet, two days ago, my wife let me know I was dropping the ball in our...Read more +
Mar 5, 2014

Community Post: What Happened to Recess?

“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. If I close my eyes, I can remember where I felt most myself. I was in kindergarten and my teacher announced free time right after lunch. I had already...
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Feb 6, 2014

Community Post: The Extraordinary Influence of Example

Not long ago, I spent some time in a professional and spiritual funk. The experience felt much like I envision the biblical wilderness journey: hot, sticky, and miserable — the kind of journey that sucks you dry and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Months earlier, I’d uncovered the...
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Jan 27, 2014

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