Merry Christmas

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All that is good about the “Christmas Spirit” springs from the Christ child and the mission He finished here on earth.  Merry Christmas from our family to yours.  May God’s love and grace comfort you and bring you great joy this season and throughout the new year.

Two Skills Essential to Clear Communication

The Passing of Sonny the Hampster. A true story.

The Passing of Sonny the Hamster. A true story.

I have taught platform communication skills to thousands of ministry professionals and corporate executives. But, many times I fail miserably when it comes to interpersonal communication.

This sad but true (and very funny) story illustrates two important skills that can make the difference between success and failure when it comes to family communication.

How to Let Your Gift Keep on Giving!

grandma's bearYesterday this picture caught my eye. Suddenly memories of bygone years flooded my soul.  This needle work picture of a bear was hand sewn by my grandmother almost 100 years ago.

The detail is amazing, but more amazing is the personal value I place on this little piece of my grandmothers legacy. Please read to the end and watch the legacy video that my granddaughter recently made for me. 

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

Dad's marker copyIt has been almost 10 years since the day my dad was buried with military honors. At his memorial service I read a letter written by my friend Danny de Armas. Danny met my dad on several occasions but never realized he was talking to a hero.

I dedicate this letter and this post to all who have served in the armed forces. what you don’t know can hurt you!

When I Woke Up… She Was Gone! A Tribute.

IMG_4410She was gone! I had awakened early and it always takes me a while to come back from the “never never land” of deep sleep to the “here and now land” of the real world. Still half asleep, I rolled toward Diane’s side of the bed reached out and realized she was gone.

Although my body was moving, my brain was not fully functional. It’s called “brain lag.” It’s like jet lag only without the plane.

She’s gone! The thought yanked my brain into the present.