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Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

A dear old mentor of mine passed away a few years ago. But the lessons he taught still help me see things—see myself—a little more clearly. Maybe the most important of those lessons came in  the form of a story he once told on himself in his usual self-deprecating...
Being Ready

Being Ready

My friend John got a call one evening from the dementia unit. His father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. John’s father had dressed himself, packed his suitcase, and was now waiting in a visitor’s lounge. The staff had tried to coax him back into...
Making Things Right

Making Things Right

Today’s animators use software to create computer-generated images. In the early days of the Walt Disney Studios artists drew each frame by hand. It must have been painstaking work. An old-school illustrator once said this about using pen and ink. At the very moment...
First Love

First Love

Despite the heat and humidity of late-July Florida, I strapped on my shoes for an afternoon run. The relief of getting out of the house and capturing a few quiet minutes on my own outweighed the threat of heat stroke.*  Andrew, our firstborn, was just a few weeks...
Getting Ready for Christmas

Getting Ready for Christmas

We’re ready for Christmas. Oh we’ve got gifts to buy. There’s a house to decorate, parties to throw, and cards to send. So we still have lots to do before the big day arrives. But I had something else in mind when I said that we’re ready. The past year and a half has...