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Loving The Face We've Earned

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I watched a celebrity being interviewed on television the other day and almost didn’t recognize them. They’d had so much work done on their face that I wasn’t sure who it was. I double checked the name to make sure I was seeing correctly. We’ve all seen someone who’s had too much cosmetic surgery and it didn’t seem quite right. Think Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire when he says “I’m ready for my close up Mr. Demille.” I’m not sure what “right” is supposed to look like, but I know it when I see it.

Coming Alongside

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I’ve never been much of a boat guy. I’m drawn to the thought of a boat: the water, being outdoors, and the wind blowing through my rapidly thinning hair.   Mostly though, I love the thought of having a good friend who owns a boat – and invites me to ride on it.

Blame it on the Boogie

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I was driving down the interstate recently listening to one of my favorite SiriusXm channels – The Groove. Right after I almost blew my speakers listening to Parliament’s “Flashlight”, a song came on I hadn’t heard in years.

CONTAGIOUS

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I read recently about the resurgence of the measles virus in the United States even though it was considered eradicated back in 2000. Since that claim there have still been between 50 and several hundred cases reported each year. A big factor seems to be travelers returning home from other countries where the disease is more active and infecting those who are not vaccinated. I won’t get on my soap box about those that don’t believe in vaccinations, even though it’s ridiculous, unfounded, and irresponsible.   Does that count as a soap box?

Hope - Why Andy from Shawshank Was Right

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There are several movies I feel compelled to watch every time they appear while I’m surfing through the channel guide on my television. Some are classics and some I would be embarrassed to name, lest you judge my cinematic taste. From The Godfather to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I’ll watch. You want to take a deep dive into Jeremiah Johnson, fine. I’ll also take that dive with you intoTalladega Nights. I like to call my taste eclectic. Some call it unexplainable. Whatever.

How Bowling And Cliff Diving Can Fight Complacency

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I was doing some research for a talk I gave recently – OK, research is a strong word – I was looking up stuff on Google. I searched for lists of common things that make people uncomfortable. As you can imagine, a lot of the same stuff showed up on different lists: heights, snakes, confrontation, public speaking, etc. There was one however, that really stood out for me. It only showed up on one list, but it was by far my favorite. I chuckled out loud because I had never considered it, and it was sort of true for me.

Life Lessons From "Letch"

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If you were fortunate to have living grandparents or great grandparents as a kid, do you remember your parents telling you to spend as much time with them as possible? They said “You can learn so much. They won’t be around forever. It’s important to know your family’s history.” And of course there was the dreaded “you’ll be sorry one day if you don’t.” As I look back, when I was smart enough to spend time talking to my grandparents, the stories are what resonate with me. So many tales and tidbits of wisdom accumulated over the years just waiting to be told. All I needed to do was ask.

Giving Our Best When It Matters Most

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Some thirty years ago I stood at my then girlfriend’s refrigerator trying to find something to eat. I located a single piece of cake toward the back and ate it in three bites. No piece of cake is complete without some milk to wash it down, so I grabbed the carton; made sure the coast was clear; and proceeded to drink directly from the container. Mid-gulp I noticed said girlfriend standing in the doorway staring at me. I prepared for the worst. She moved toward me, leaned up, kissed me on the cheek, and walked away. My immediate thought: “I think I could spend the rest of my life with this woman.”

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