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Dec 18

Number One

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

AshNickChristianProfessional sports leagues have a new player draft to give teams an opportunity to refresh their roster, and bring new skills, abilities and opportunities to their team and prospective players.

When teams and their draft choices are a great fit championships are built. When they are not, writers and fans relish the opportunity to vent in articles like, “10 worst No. 1 picks in NFL draft history.

Careful research, interviews and thoughtful analysis are essential.

Intern Draft

Jul 1

Mid-Year Freedom Memory

Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

AS41I was seven years old the summer I read my first comic book.

It was a hot, sunny day as I sat on the concrete porch of my parents’ house. For the first time I opened a used and somewhat worn copy of a comic book. It was Amazing Spider-Man issue 41.

Not knowing the story, the cover picturing a giant man in a rhinoceros costume charging out of the cover fascinated me.


Aleksei-somebody (Sytsevich) was a Russian criminal who underwent treatments to transform him into a man with superhuman strength bonded to a huge, intimidating, rhino costume.

Jan 21

Haiti and Heroes

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

HansonSteve and Marcus are two of the men in my life I admire.

Steve is my elder. He’s my former pastor. He’s devoted to the poor and “Jesus with skin on” for people worldwide.

MarcusandBethanyMarcus is younger than me, but I look up to him. He’s passionate about God, compassionate for the lost and broken, and he has more faith than I have to see God’s powerful and unexpected work among us.


Both men had their hearts broken for the lost while working with teenagers. Steve worked with Timber Bay and then Church of the Open Door. Marcus has and does work for TreeHouse.

Oct 23

Courage To Fly

Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Gabby-Douglas_webOlympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas is coming to TreeHouse this week! I’m enjoying learning more about this courageous and determined young woman.

Courage To Fly

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose and why?
Many of us have wanted to fly.
Watch this video about Gabby learning to fly.

Shawn Johnson was the gold medal winner and the best gymnast on the planet, but within three years of winning gold she retired because of a knee injury. I don’t know about you, but when I really care about something but I can’t do it I can be very pouty.

Feb 10

Helen Keller

Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

I always look for heroes to admire.

Helen Keller, and those who cared for Helen, especially Anne Sullivan are people worthy of admiration.

Helen Keller was not born blind and deaf; it was not until she was 19 months old that she contracted an illness which left her deaf and blind.

I read this quote from Helen Keller and felt inspired.

I want to say to those who are trying to learn to speak and those who are teaching them: Be of good cheer.

Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow.

Nov 5

Green Was My Favorite Color

Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m turning 50 this week.

I’m not yet fifty — it’s just five days away — but I thought I’d lead you through my journey, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two that will help you on your journey.

When I was little my favorite color was green.


Not green, as in the color of money.

Green was the color of my Uncle Bill’s uniform (pictured on the left).

Green was the color of the hat I’m wearing in this picture.

Green was the color of my plastic soldiers.

Jul 20

Risk-Taking In The Real World

Posted on Friday, July 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Dark Knight Rises opened last night. He’s a brave risk-taker.
But, I’m not a multimillionaire, so I’ll never be like Bruce Wayne.

The Amazing Spiderman opened a few weeks ago. He’s a brave risk-taker.
But, I’m not going to be bit by a radioactive spider, so I’ll never be like Peter Parker.

What kind of hero — what kind of bold, heroic, risk-taker — might you and I become?

Real World Heroes = Risk-Takers

Yesterday I had an hour-long conversation with a university professor who teaches potential risk-takers; she teaches entrepreneurship. It was a fascinating discussion about the challenges of taking great ideas and creating great opportunities.

Apr 20

Beauty Amid Sorrow

Posted on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

I woke up early. Snow, huh? It’s simply a series of atmospheric factors that create snow, but it’s a loving God that makes us see the beauty! There is no science of beauty. Thanks God! It’s BEAUTIFUL outside!

I kissed Amy, showered, dressed and left.

I drove to Caribou to write.  As I drove I had an unusual appreciation for how beautiful the world can be.

Sometimes It’s A Matter Of Perspective

Here it’s beautiful, elsewhere. It’s not so beautiful.

This picture is from Haiti.  It’s not beautiful, unless you looks past the rubble, and behind the camera.

Feb 27

Heroes Have Arisen To Fight Injustice

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Rioting in Egypt and now Libya fill news reports. “Gunfire raged” and “blood flowed through the streets” while Libyan Muammar al-Qaddafi vows that “We can crush any enemy”.

Terror and injustice is not the only news.  I’ve read several accounts of heroes who have arisen from the smoke and rubble of injustice.

Heroes Stand Up and Stand Out

National Review reported “A terrible drama is unfolding in Afghanistan: There are reports that Said Musa … will soon be executed for the ‘crime’ of choosing to become a Christian.”

Feb 21

President’s Day – Flawed Heroes You Should Know About

Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Today is a U.S. federal holiday known as President’s Day.

A USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Feb. 2-5, 2011 asked “Who do you consider the greatest United States President?

There has never been a perfect U.S. president, but here are three admirable U.S. Presidents who have passed away that you might want to know more about.

Theodore Roosevelt

Why should you care?