The best of 2018

I've learned over the years that web hits tell only part of the story. They give a glimpse of how a piece has done, but they don't tell the entire story. The same holds true for blogs. Hits don't tell the quality of the blog or how it touched someone. Some of my blogs in …

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No room at the inn

I’ve written a lot of content over the years, blogs, newspaper articles, executive presentations and speeches, marketing content, scripts, plays, and even an old discarded novel to name a few. When I go back and read some of the things that I’ve written, most times I cringe. I’m like an actor who can’t stand watching …

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I’m done, Part II

Okay, I get it, no one believed me, but I promise you, this year I really am done. Last November, I complained about how the work involved in putting together our annual family calendar had gotten out of control and mentioned that I was giving up the job. (I’m sure that this is the spot that …

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A farmer, a car salesman, and a preacher walk into a bar

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and it's gotten me thinking lately about the road not taken: a car salesman, preacher, insurance carrier, farmer, and steel worker to name a few possible roads. These are all fine careers. When I was a kid, I couldn’t wait to get out of my hometown and make …

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My top-ten list on the benefits of list-making

I’m a man of lists. I love everything about them. How much so? In 400 words or less, I can tell you: --They keep me organized and moving in the right direction. --They satisfy my perfectionist-keep-working-until-you-get-it-right nature. --They’re easy to complete and I like the feeling of checking tasks off. There goes another! --They help …

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Sitting down to write this blog: Three years & counting

I celebrate an anniversary of sorts this week. I won’t be throwing a party or even having cake or champagne, but it’s still a pretty special anniversary. I celebrate my third year as a blogger. For those of you who are counting, that's churning out one to two blogs a week for a total of …

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Journalism 101: Just the facts

The guy looked like a used car salesman in his jacket and tie and large binder, but his bulky linebacker frame, the rapid movement of his eyes, his mess of fiery red hair, and waving arms gave the impression of a crazed lunatic. He stalked back and forth in front of the receptionist’s desk and …

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A study in penmanship: Can you read this writing?

I have a conundrum. I try to journal a couple of times a week. I'll stop what I'm doing for ten to fifteen minutes to write about my worries, fears, hopes, dreams, things that I’m thankful for and even upcoming events on our calendar. It’s all pretty run-of-the-mill stuff. I’ve found that when I put …

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A parent’s nightmare: Kid’s last minute homework

I stood up from the desk, bleary-eyed and tired, and looked out the window at the nighttime sky. I had been tapping away at the computer for a good five hours and I had at least another two hours of work in front of me. I had written 18 pages of a 20-page paper on …

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