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Remembering the Fallen

Note: I first wrote this post in 2008. I’ve made it a tradition to re-post this entry every Memorial Day, which is observed in the United States on the last Monday of May. The feelings, the emotions, are just as real today as they were then. Plus it seems that everyday I am reminded that […]

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Invictus

  I’m normally too busy these days to keep a steady blog going, but I do like to share items as they inspire me with the hope that you’ll feel the same. The following poem, Invictus, which is Latin for “unconquered”, talks of having strength through adversity and a resolute will. After a pretty rough […]

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The 300

Over the past year, I’ve gone through a real shift in my thinking. In this transition, I’ve taken a hard look at the influence that I’ve had on people, as a leader, father, boss, mentor, and brother. Because of my military background and transient lifestyle, those people are mostly scattered around the world. So daily […]

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The Child In Us

The following is written by Frederick Beuchner, I read it in his book Listening to Your Life: Daily Meditations with Frederick Buechner: We weren’t born yesterday. We are from New Jersey, or Nottingham. But we are also from somewhere else. We are from Oz, from Looking-Glass Land, from Narnia, from Middle Earth. If with part […]

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The Fight of My Life

I wrote this short article for our G42 newsletter, the topic of the issue this quarter was “Trust” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 These past 12 months have been the toughest of my life. After the highs of moving to a new country, […]

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Being “Good People”

it is tremendously important to have the right people around us. Friends that lift us up, not bring us down; business associates who bring out the best in us, not those who make us act like idiots.

Everything is a Test

Everything is a Test.

Iraq, Oh-Dark-Thirty: Our group touched down early in the wee hours of the morning at our destination, stretching our legs and backs after 8+ hours sleeping under trucks or in any flat and smooth spaces we could find in a cavernous C-17 transport aircraft. We were met by the Sergeant Major, who got us settled […]

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Like a Hero Going Home…

  So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the […]

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Christmas and the Pivot of History

One of my earliest memories is that of being rocked asleep by my mother singing softly to me: Silent night, Holy night Son of God, love’s pure light Radiant beams from thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at thy birth Jesus, Lord at thy birth. Imagine the nostalgia when I […]