Planning or Doing?

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Allen Sauders and in a song by John Lennon. Our oldest son has always been a planner. Even as a little kid he would spend HOURS planning. He’d take cars and line them up, decide how to group them, or plan future purchases.…

Behold

I have the spiritual gift of skepticism. Now it’s not all bad.  It served me well as a middle school principal. When dealing with discipline situations, I found it was good to be a bit skeptical.  You have to see the truth interwoven through stories and perspectives. And that’s just the parents. Awhile back, I…

Climb Your Own Mountains

Stories of people who overcome great obstacles are engaging and inspirational.  I’ve read Nick Vujicic’s book Unstoppable, about how a man with no arms and legs has dared and achieved much, speaks regularly, is deeply religious, and started a nonprofit – Life Without Limbs. I remember following the news about Bethany Hamilton who in 2003,…

Birding vs. Birders

A couple eons ago, I was a middle school science teacher.  The high school science teacher at the school is a birder and took students on 3-4 birding trips each year.  I tagged along and learned a lot about birdwatching. We went on eagle trips to the Missouri River, migratory bird areas to see waterfowl,…