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Feb 4

Bruno, What’s On Your Mind?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Sports, Values

Bruno1_30pAccording to a FOX Sports press release there were 115.3 million of us watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW.

I love drum solos; and as Bruno Mars began the show with a drum solo, I was like “Woah, he’s good.” As Bruno began to sing the crowd that filled our basement were impressed too: “He’s talented.” “YEAH!” Later my daughter Shannon added, “That’s a sweet voice.”

Jan 7

19 Proven Relationship Tips from Lizzy & Bueno

Posted on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Lizzy and Bueno 20140107_15pI’ve spent more than twenty years “Inspiring Great Relationships Every Day.” I enjoy when I can pass on something I am learning, but many times in those conversations it was me who was the learner.

Today was no different.

Today I sat down with my friends Lizzy and Bueno. We laughed. We told stories. We love gardening so we exchanged seeds. And we talked.

In a world desperate for positive role models, over the past three years Lizzy and Bueno have been role models of what a healthy relationship looks like.

Nov 4

Happiness IS Possible

Posted on Monday, November 4, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

We fantasize “if I ___, then I’d be happy.”

We worry that we won’t be.

Yesterday I heard Peter Haas wisely say, “Happiness is a spiritual problem not a circumstantial problem.”

Too often many of us fall into a spiritual funk when our circumstances take a turn for the worst:
– Why did God allow my child to get sick?
– Why did God allow my business to fail?
– Where is God when my pain is so bad?
– Where’s God’s love when I’m feeling so alone?

Feb 23

How To Protect Yourself If You’re A Man

Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Social, Values

40290_without_face___2Within twenty-four hours of publishing the two Dating Disaster “Date Rape” posts I took a phone call from a very scared family member whose loved one had just been served papers accusing him of rape.

This is not an isolated concern.

The possibility of date rape or an accusation of date rape is a real threat, for the safety of women, and for men. Let’s review:

Her Story
His Story

How To Protect Yourself If You’re A Man 1

It can be confusing to be a guy out there navigating the treacherous waters of the dating scene.

Feb 23

How To Protect Yourself If You’re A Woman

Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Social, Values

210060_beauty_of_sadnessWithin twenty-four hours of publishing the two Dating Disaster “Date Rape” posts I took a phone call from a very scared family member whose loved one had just been served papers accusing him of rape.

This is not an isolated concern.

The possibility of date rape or an accusation of date rape is a real threat, for the safety of women, and for men. Let’s review:

Her Story
His Story

How To Protect Yourself If You’re A Woman 1

Feb 21

Dating Disaster – “Date Rape” – Her Story – Part 1 of 2

Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Values

167743_black_4Date rape is real, it’s tragic, and sometimes it’s very confusing.

This is a fictional account that’s written – based on true stories – to give words to those who are scared, silent, and silenced.

Today’s account was written from a female’s perspective.
Tomorrow’s account is from the male’s perspective entitled “His Story.”

Feb 1

Lessons from Lachers – Love

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

During our visit with Eric and Jill Lacher we marveled at their love.

Though they have similar hearts and values, they began their relationships with very different strategies for living out those values.

During our visit they shared with us that the wisdom of Emerson Eggerichs has helped them to grow deeper in love and express it more effectively to one another. On their behalf and to our benefit here’s some of what they learned.

How Does a Husband Spell Love to His Wife?

Nov 14

Toxic Turmoil Meet Twitter

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

He’s so hot! 

She’s so hot!

I would do anything to keep him.

I would do anything to get her.

She doesn’t know what she’s getting into.

He doesn’t know what he’s tearing down.

Ladies – Stop settling. He wants what u have more than u want what he’s offering. Hold back. When he steps back & he will, STEP AWAY #wise

Guys – When you find out she’s got her V-card (virgin), she’s not a condom to use & toss. Listen 2 ur conscience! #choosewisely #notuse

Hold Onto Your Conscience

Nov 9

Turning 50: Alone, But Not

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2012 in Beyond Whatever Promos, Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I’m turning 50 this week. 

I’m not yet fifty — it’s just one day 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.

Alone, But Not

You know how it is when you feel less alone when someone else can understand your pain?

There are days when I live like a practical atheist. 

Not that I don’t care about God, but that I don’t even think about God.

Aug 26

Surfing For God by Michael John Cusick

Posted on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Reviews, Social, Spiritual, Values

Subtitled, “Discovering The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle”, Michael John Cusick begins with an abrupt and compelling question, “What’s Better than Porn?” He spends the majority of the rest of the book answering that question.

“You and I were created to fly. But something has gone terribly wrong…Adam and Eve lost their innocence and…barely a day goes by that I don’t hear a story about a man losing his (innocence) in exchange for pornography…(and) the losses are devastating.”