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Resolve and Action: A Lesson from Patrick Henry

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Resolve and Action: A Lesson from Patrick Henry

I was on vacation with my family in Virginia when I saw them sitting on the third shelf from the bottom all in a row. The worn leather spines whispered their age to me. Their years of service to some curious soul was obvious in the worn pages nested inside the weathered covers. I picked one of them up. It was the one that interested me most from the volumes of “The South in the Building of the Nation.” It was entitled, “History of Southern Oratory.” There’s something different about reading the great speeches of American history from a book that looked and felt that raw.

It made me hear things differently.

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Frederick Buechner on Marriage

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Frederick Buechner on Marriage

Frederick Buechner on Marriage

They say they will love, comfort, honor each other to the end of their days. They say they will cherish each other and be faithful to each other always. They say they will do these things not just when they feel like it, but even—for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health—when they don’t feel like it at all. In other words, the vows they make at a marriage could hardly be more extravagant. They give away their freedom. They take on themselves each other’s burdens. They bind their lives together in ways that are even more painful to unbind emotionally, humanly, than they are to unbind legally. The question is, what do they get in return?

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Emotional Economy: 6 Insights into Emotional Stewardship

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Emotional Economy: 6 Insights into Emotional Stewardship

What’s the deal with emotional economy?

Life is a series of transactions.

Debits and credits determine balances. Assets and liabilities determine net worth. Revenue and expenses determine profit. Give and take determine the richness of relationships. You put gas in the car and you drive. If you fail to replenish the supply of gas, you find yourself thumbing a ride like a gypsy without a cause.

Economies determine consequence and reward.

With that said, there are different types of economies. God’s economy is an exchange of Grace. Marriage economy is an exchange of love. Employment economy is an exchange of money for time and skill. Parenting economy is an investment in a legacy future for the next generation. Each of those economies works differently. Continue reading

Reality and the Daily Grind

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Reality and the Daily Grind

This excerpt is from the book on my Alaskan Adventures from 1996-2014. (Click here to find it)

After dancing on the glacier, we made our obligatory souvenir shop stops in downtown Anchorage.  Who would travel to a place so far away without a drink at the fountain of the local market?  They are the same in almost every city around the world.  Depending on the level of civilization, they may differ in quality and source. The third world countries offer higher quality hand-made items while the first world countries carry cheap assembly line look-alikes. But the variety and types bear no striking difference.  … Continue reading

Overcoming Justification: Beating Our Bent Toward the First Rebellion

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Overcoming Justification: Beating Our Bent Toward the First Rebellion

Justify: [juhs-tuh-fahy] verb. to show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.

Justification.

Mr. J swaggered into my place of business about 3 years ago with the confidence of a quarterback that just won his 2nd straight superbowl.  Fearless. Firm. Assured.  He boldly announced that he could make use of my services as if he were doing me a huge favor.  Over the next few days, Mr. J and I spent quite a bit of time together.  As I began to converse with him and his story began to unfold, I found out that it was a bit more complicated than it first appeared.  I also found out that his role in my life was about more than business, it was to teach me some life lessons that have been stirring around in me ever since that first encounter in the little consignment shop.

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