12 Lessons We May Have Learned in 2016

12 Lessons We May Have Learned in 2016

It is almost time for the stealth bombers to fly over the start of the Rose Parade again. What have we learned since the last time? 1. We may feel hopeless about making a difference. We may no longer believe in what we are doing. We may be discouraged, tired, ready to give up and […]

There is More

There is More

There are times when we feel we have done everything we have set out to do. We may have accomplished our goals. We may have completed a very good year. We may have followed good advice, exceeded expectations, gotten things under control. We may even have overcome opposition and outscored competitors. There are also times […]

12 Things We Learned in 2015

12 Things We Learned in 2015

So, what have we learned this year? 1. Back row leaders have probably taught me more than those up in front of the room. Back row leaders tend to be more open to the questions I ask. When do you lead from the back row? 2. Spiritual life has a way of breaking or transcending the rules. There is very […]

Returning Home

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 in Blog, Everything Else | No Comments
Returning Home

Our flight takes off from Heathrow and heads west into the setting sun. The time of day and the speed of our plane make our journey a long, continuing trip into the sunset. We fly over England, then Ireland, then Greenland and the Atlantic. Eventually we find North America, flying over Canada and the western […]

12 Lessons I ReLearned This Year 2014

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else | No Comments
12 Lessons I ReLearned This Year 2014

Each year, I am reminded of lessons I have learned before. The pieces come together in new ways, with new people, in new places. Here are twelve of the most significant things I learned again this year: 1. Each year, each day, each moment is an opportunity for a fresh start. 2. Leadership is about […]

Working the Land

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else, Work | 4 Comments
Working the Land

I grew up with people who knew how to work the land. They knew the back-breaking work of preparing the soil, adding fertilizer, planting seeds, and clearing weeds. They knew the heart-breaking work of being patient, waiting for rain to fall and for the earth to produce a harvest. Life was not exciting, but slower and more […]

A New Easter

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else, Spiritual Practices | 4 Comments
A New Easter

When I was growing up, Easter was about eggs and bunnies, candy and clothes. And church. Easter was an event. We bought new clothes. We dyed hard-boiled eggs which were hiding all over the house on Easter morning. We also had Easter baskets full of candy on a bed of green plastic “grass.” We got up […]

Every Day is a New Beginning

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else | 6 Comments
Every Day is a New Beginning

Each day is a new link in a chain that stretches back before I can remember and out into unforeseen potential. Today is a day to celebrate the days that have gone before, and to anticipate the days that are coming. I was not always certain that today would actually arrive, that I would get […]

Are You My Neighbor?

Posted on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else, Spiritual Practices | No Comments
Are You My Neighbor?

The neighbors are moving away. They were the neighbors because they lived next door. They said hello, exchanged pleasantries, wrangled packages that were delivered during the day. I know most of the people who live in the building by face, though not by name. I do not really know anything about them, though I can […]

Tennis is the Game of Love

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Blog, Everything Else | No Comments
Tennis is the Game of Love

Tennis is interesting. It may be because there is so much about tennis that I do not understand. I did not grow up playing tennis, so I have quite a few questions. I do not understand how to keep score. There is a seemingly arbitrary way to count points, and each tournament apparently has its […]