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My Life in the Basement

Isaiah 41:10 Don’t be afraid, because I’m with you; don’t be anxious, because I am your God. I keep on strengthening you; I’m truly helping you. One of the biggest transitions to my new job is that I’m working from our home. Alone. In the basement. Just me and a big fish. Certainly there are…

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Bricks

I love bricks, To run your finger down the lines, To feel for bumps of sand, To figure out how many bricks it takes to build that wall, that house, that building, that town. To watch a building go up brick by brick, wall by wall, And wondered, How do they turn out so straight?…

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The Story that Almost Wasn’t

I had the opportunity to attend a lecture at Meharry Medical College.  Meharry is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts. The President James E.K. Hildreth is relatively new to the college and was the speaker for the lecture…

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Enjoy a Story, Share a Story

What happens when a child or grandchild does something funny? What happens when a spouse or coworker does something stupid?  What happens when you have terrible travel connections?  We tell a story! We are “hard-wired” for story.  It’s how we make sense of the world, it’s how we explain and understand, and it’s how we…

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Leaders and Bosses

Over my working years, I have had some great bosses. What Jim Collins calls Level 5 leaders – humble, committed to the mission, effective, and caring leaders. I’ve also had some less competent bosses that I’d place in four broad characterizations and my suggestions on how to deal with these general traits. Meddler The person…

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The Path

This summer I’ve enjoyed getting on my bike more regularly. There is a nice bike trail near where we live and it is a 19-mile loop around the city. There are several things I like about the trail. It follows a river and has some good scenery.  It’s fairly level. Often I see birds and…

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The Values We Should Value

We often value the wrong things. The superstar who gives a large donation that gains press and outshines the widow who makes truly sacrificial gifts. Putting value in time on the job over time with family. Buying more and more and more things. Who should we value, who should we respect?  Many are people that…