Posted on Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
I love to read. In particular I love reading books.
When I find a meaningful passage in a book I love to save it for future reference. When I read paper books I would underline, highlight or transcribe meaningful sentences or paragraphs. Now that I primarily read digital books highlighting and annotating on the page are possible, but I prefer to copy and paste my notes into documents.
Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 in Uncategorized
Years ago some friends and I rented snowshoes and drove into A-Basin (Arapahoe Basin) in Colorado. When we arrived we strapped on our snowshoes.
Though we were all about the same size with the same size snowshoe, no one seemed to have any trouble, except me. For some reason I kept dropping through the snow-pack. I kept getting stuck.
The worst was when I had one leg plunged deep into the snow all the way to my groin and the other flat on the ground. While trying to extricate my left leg my right leg plunged through the snow nearly reaching the depth of the other. I howled something impolite as I realized that I was now going to dig myself out of the snow while wearing my snowshoes.
Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 in Uncategorized
A long day had become a longer night. It was by then a cold and snowy night.
As they often do, snow-covered roads made driving a challenge. And, more than once I heard the rattling sound of my anti-lock brakes trying to slow my slide.
It was 11:00 P.M. and the roads were empty. I saw no one until I bent around the right curve of Brookdale Drive. There walking on the snow-covered sidewalks was a man. We traveled in the same direction.
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized
“I don’t know why I’m telling you this…” and the story continues.
Don’t get me wrong, I love their trust. I love your trust.
I’m honored to share your joys and your sorrows. To hear the details of the journey you’re on complete with proud smiles and guilty smirks, pain-filled glances or a losing fight to hold back the tears. Or, sadly, the flat affect from being so worn down by the long list of past pains.
I just wish there weren’t so many detours.
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
As you may know, when I was younger one of my best friends said to me, “common sense is not common to you,” and he was right. He didn’t know the whole story, I was young and even more reckless than he realized.
These days I’m learning not to do stupid things. I knew I was supposed to do good things, but I didn’t really think about why I should.
Then, years ago I read in my Bible, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” 1
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized
My parents have taught dog obedience training classes for forty years. They are well-respected for their expertise throughout Chicagoland.
When they are teaching their students (human and canine) they say “halt” whenever they want progress stopped. At that point the human stops and the canine stops and sits.
Halt as you know, means to stop or pause. H.A.L.T. is also an acronym that relates to an important decision-making principle.
This is part-8 of the “10 for 25″ series on important lessons I’ve learned at TreeHouse.
Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 in Uncategorized
This is a picture of my friends Tiffany and Barry. I’ll see Barry next month. I last saw Tif in 1991.
Tiffany, Kris, Jenny, Eric, Rajjon, Adam, John, Beng, and Tyler, all TreeHouse teens. All gone. Way too soon.
Life Is Short
This is post is part of a series entitled “10 for 25.” It’s about ten lessons – most of them hard lessons to learn – that I’ve learned over my twenty-five years at TreeHouse.
Life is short. Our time with loved ones is never guaranteed.
Posted on Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Uncategorized
If you felt overwhelmed, not good enough and unqualified you might wonder, “Why am I here?” That struggle, and the other lessons I’ve learned over the past twenty-five years at TreeHouse are part of this series called “10 for 25.”
Why Am I Here?
When we feel out of place, it helps to find out what we are qualified to contribute. My StrengthsQuest assessment explained, “Your Individualization theme leads you to be intrigued by the unique qualities of each person.” Yes, I am.
“You are impatient with generalizations or “types” because you don’t want to obscure what is special and distinct about each person.” So true!
Posted on Friday, March 6, 2015 in Uncategorized
I took a left turn into an unfamiliar parking lot. I pulled into an open parking spot. With some uncertainty I stepped out of our car.
I walked around the landscaped wall. Turning right I entered what appeared to be the backyard with a very well designed wood deck positioned to my left. Seeing a door into the building I turned the corner.
Smiling in front of me was fourteen year old AnnMarie. (Pictured on the left next to Rachel)
AnnMarie walked directly up to me and asked, “Hi! Who the @#$% are you?” That was my introduction to TreeHouse.
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
In the movie Batman Begins, Henri Ducard tells Bruce Wayne: You traveled the world now you must journey inwards to what you really fear; it’s inside you there is no turning back…If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely. Are you ready to begin?
Beginnings are important. Yesterday I began a series called “10 for 25.” It’s a series of ten lessons I have learned in my twenty-five years at TreeHouse.