March 26th, 2013
She had been lost for three hours at 10,500 ft in mountain wilderness. Panicked, I had run in every direction and called her name until my voice was gone.
I could close my eyes and see her blond hair and innocent blue eyes. She must be terrified. I remembered the swampy area farther up the mountain between the creek and the road—a stretch of bog covered with almost impenetrable brush and potholes full of mossy, stagnant water.
I clawed my way uphill through thick brush that fought my every move. Often I would sink thigh-deep in small muddy pools. The strenuous effort plus the altitude and stress dragged me to the brink of exhaustion. Don’t let her be in here I prayed as I slogged ahead. Please. Don’t let her be in here.
March 19th, 2013
Over the years I have received many awards and a lot of positive recognition. Some of those awards hang on my wall or sit on a special shelf. I appreciate all of them.
BUT none of them come close to this!
January 16th, 2013
Even in the middle of the best, most benevolent and productive activities, it is wise to keep our eyes open for another kind of opportunity, a moment born within the one we are engaged in. A moment we dare not miss.
Our original plan isn’t always the best plan and what seems like an interruption may actually be an invitation to a witness a tiny miracle.
This is the story behind the painting that inspired my post “King of The Forest” and the lesson I learned from a little boy wearing a crown of leaves.
July 2nd, 2012
I’m back after a week of vacation trying to keep up with six grandchildren with the stamina of a herd of energizer bunnies. I returned with compelling evidence that I am fully alive.
1. I have bruises from head to toe
2. My body aches all over.
I water skied until I literally dropped. I dived into the water from fifteen feet and came back up again. I raced my grandchildren swimming across the bay and lost. I flopped like a wounded dolphin trying to get up on a knee board and finally succeeded. Then I hit the big wave.
March 30th, 2011
Ironic that a man who has made his living as a comedian and inspirational speaker would occasionally suffer from “Ingrown Eyeball Syndrome.”
“Ingrown Eyeball Syndrome” is a condition where the eyeballs turn completely around and can only look inward. These are the symptoms of the disease: