Aug 26, 2014

What Ferguson Taught Us: Pick Up Your Corner

I was in the front row of the sanctuary, face-to-face with a woman’s raw pain, running liquid down her brown cheeks. She was standing at the podium—with her eyes closed, face lifted toward heaven, arms raised. A man stood at the piano, hunting for the right notes, like he knew...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Every Platform an Altar

John 3:30
Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for her stumbling, blessed humanity. Because, really...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: Unspoken Agreement

It’s nearly midmorning when I stand on the porch watching the heat rise off the asphalt. The girls chalk their way down Avent Street, and the boys swing from the tire swing in the big oak tree. The baby and the toddler nap under the ceiling fan inside, and as...Read more +
Jul 2, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: Tomorrow Night, Marshmallows

When my childhood friend returned home from vacation, I’d run to her house and ask about the trip. She hiked in the mountains and slept in a tent and fell asleep to night sounds of crickets and tree frogs and hooting owls. They cooked meals wrapped in foil and roasted...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Building a Platform: Five Lessons From a Start-Up

Two years ago when I was unexpectedly let go from my job of 13 years, I figured I could either hunt down another job in the same industry or pursue a life of freelancing and consulting on my own. The former would likely result in starting over at the bottom...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Trust Yourself

Dear girl, Yes, you always will be a girl—or at least part of you will. Fifty feels decidedly ungirlish, I know, but believe me when I tell you this: fifty truly is nifty. Such a great age! The hard work of growing up, navigating relationships, figuring out what it means...Read more +
Jul 1, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: Untaken Photos

A few years ago, an acquaintance heard me say that I never take formal vacations and butted in, “Well, you should. And you need to start this year.” I smiled politely. Must be nice to order Disney World onto someone who can’t afford it like you can . When abrasive...Read more +
Jun 29, 2014

Best Vacation Stories: The Ferry Boat

The island floated alone on the horizon—a tiny blip of land cradled by miles and miles of ocean. The faint glow of the lighthouse’s lens circled around and around, blinking welcome and drawing all eyes. When the ferryboat arrived we piled in, a skiff jumbled with different faces and colors...Read more +
Jul 20, 2014

Making Money: Get What You’re Worth Without Guilt

The prospective client asked, “How much do you charge?” I could answer this; I’d practiced and prayed about it. Though my heart beat wildly and my hands felt clammy, I opened my mouth to give a confident response. Suddenly, I blurted out a number so low it surprised even me—in...Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Helping Employees Dream: The Day My World Crumbled

My heart sank when I answered my cell phone to my wife’s trembling voice. She could barely speak but I knew what she was trying to say. “Diabetes. They think it is diabetes. We need to take him to All Children’s Hospital to meet with a doctor up there.” We...Read more +

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