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Thank you for following my blog. This was my first attempt at writing online and I have really enjoyed it. In fact, I have enjoyed it so much, that I am creating a new blog to replace this one. Please take a few minutes to visit me at Thanks!


How to Build Your Own Trail

A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to help build a trail through a new camp donated to our local YMCA. In all my years of Scouting, I had never before built a trail. I’ve cleaned them, marked them, and hiked them, but never built them. In fact, I always thought that trails just happened from people walking the same path over and over. Not so.  Trails are planned then built. Read the rest of this entry »

What is your next step?

Last week I handled several concerns along the same lines from both adult and student clients. Those concerns sounded something like these:

  • I know where I want to go, but not sure how to get there.
  • How do I know whether to take a job or not?
  • I am not quite sure what to do now, but ultimately I know where I want to be. What should I do?

The answer to these is easy: do something. Take a step in the general direction you are heading, any direction actually will work. Even if it is not in a straight line toward your goal does not mean you should rather stand still. Just taking a step will help. Just like Newton’s Law of Motion–once you are in motion, you will tend to stay in motion. But if you are simply standing still, chances are it will be easier to remain still and just thinking about your goal rather than moving toward it. Read the rest of this entry »

Is College Worth It?

I hear a lot of questions about college. Is it worth the expense? How should I fund it? College costs are becoming more important to families. Working a private institution, we are those who negotiate how much they will for us to teach their son or daughter is becoming more frequent. Dave Ramsey has recently come our with a new college guide to help families learn how to get through college without debt. Dan Miller has recently written about the unrealistic salary expectations of college graduates. So where is the line? Is college still worth the expense? Read the rest of this entry »

Giving the Stiff-Arm

Yes, I realize we are in the midst of March Madness. Even so, I have been thinking about a football move recently–the stiff-arm. My 9-year-old daughter has a love language of physical touch. She loves to give hugs, to cuddle, and to hang on you. My 13 year old’s love language is acts of service. She is not at all into the touchy-feely stuff. My younger daughter knows this about my older daughter and loves to torment her by trying to give hugs. My older daughter’s response is the stiff-arm–to not allow the younger daughter to get close enough for the mushy lovey stuff. I have been thinking about how this is like God pursuing us and our response is to keep Him at bay.
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Just Launch It!

About 16 months ago, I had a difficult time, wondering if I was doing what I should be doing (you can read about it here). That is why I began blogging. I had high hopes of perhaps starting to do private career coaching. I tried a class last winter and had two people attend most of the sessions. It was a little frustrating, but I tried. After that, I wasn’t sure what to do.

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Larry the Mentor

Early in my Junior High years, this guy in my small community rented out the attic of an old office building in town. It was a Friday night and he invited any junior high kid from the community to come and hang out–no cost unless you wanted to buy a can of pop or a candy bar pretty much at cost. On Saturday nights, he invited the high schoolers to come out. I remember a few friends hanging out at the bottom of the steps that first night it was open. No one was sure about going in. Finally, I took the lead and ascended the steps. There was music, games, televisions, and a pool table. There was likely some shag carpet in a variety of colors and textures and a room full of mismatched furniture. And there were a few adults, one of them was Larry. Read the rest of this entry »