Note: To read chronologically, start at the bottom of this list.
Fear and Tornadoes in Middle America
In the Midwest, we’ve developed healthy fear of severe weather. But there are other fears that are not so well-founded…
Life is a Series of Choices
A lot of years ago (and frankly I don’t remember when, okay?) my wife Renee quipped,“Life is a Series of Choices.”
She looked out the window at the road.
Is that what she really wanted? Or had she always just thought she did?
Good for the Body, Good for the Soul*
Gumbo. Is there a word that more effectively brings forth the entire suite of sensations that is New Orleans? Sure…
Happiness is Creation
Creating — Making something lovely or useful. That makes me happy. Yes, lets talk about that.
My 2017 Predictions? Hah!
My prognoscatorial muscles are so underdeveloped that I seldom know what I think until I see what I say — and even then…
Where to Start in Getting Your Damn Life in Order
A To-Do list for myself: (So the “your” in this context is “mine”. My life. Io solo, capiche ? )
Happiness is... - Happiness Weekly
Why I'm happy right now. As of today at 11:20AM CST. Tomorrow may be different, YMMV, choose your own adventure, see if…
But WHY Should We Go to the Moon?
Just because you announce a radical goal —it doesn’t mean we care.
The Tribe that Walks as One
How collective experiences in music build strong students and leaders.
Want to Make Some Time?
It’s exasperating. How many times have we heard this? “You just need to make the time…”
On Personal Stories
Shawn, you are most assuredly not alone. ¶ For me, I believe the therapeutic and cathartic benefits of sharing…
A Halloween Story
When I got home that night, I noticed the smiling jack-o-lantern in my front yard was crushed.
John Wayne’s Five Instructions for Fighting Cancer
In writing Triskaidekaphobia, I did a quick Google search for quotes about courage.
I’m not afraid so say the “C-word”
Seriously people? It’s just a word. An arrangement of letters that we assign phonetic sounds to. You can say it. I say…
Triskaidekaphobia — 13 Days Left
For someone to slice into my abdomen and extract the part of my body that’s trying to kill me.
Making Something Real that Will Last
Like many people, my working day is spent organizing electrons. The thoughts, ideas and problems I help solve are all…
Things I can’t put on my resume (but still seem relevant):
Perhaps we should have an appendix to our resumes to describe all those valuable things that we don’t get to add to the…
Remember to Believe in the Person That Wears Your Shoes
I don’t think we can “believe in ourselves”, in spite of all the pop psychology and motivational literature imploring…
How to Blow Away the Past
I’ve learned the secret to dumping all that baggage that we drag around every day and blasting it to oblivion. I…
“One Day at a Time” Isn’t Good Enough
When I named this journal “Live This 1”, I wanted to underscore the essential criticality of living now— this one hour…
Kafka & the Axe
“A book must be an axe for the frozen sea inside of us.” -Franz Kafka, novelist (1883–1924)
I Don’t Hate Mondays
Really, I don’t hate Mondays. Not anymore. I used to dread them. Here’s what changed…
If Love Can Cure Cancer, I’ll be Okay.
Imagine…as the biopsy verdict is delivered, your doctor says, I think we can handle this, but we’ll need to talk with…
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