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Job Candidate Photo from Unsplash
6/7/22

The Candidate's Creed

 

A few years ago, I unexpectedly lost my job as a senior marketing communications manager. I was confused, disoriented, and displaced because I had stellar performance reviews. Yet, this is corporate ...

Kool-Aid Stand Resized for my website
6/3/22

The Price of Every Decision

 

Every decision comes with a price. A cost. In business school, they even teach you about “opportunity cost”—the loss of value or benefit incurred by engaging in one activity, relative to engaging in ...

Pier like in Santa Barbara
5/27/22

Excerpt #2 from my New Novel-The Desert Between Us

 

From time to time, I like to update you on my latest writing projects. This is Excerpt #2 from my new novel The Desert Between Us.

This scene takes place as the main character, novelist Chase ...

Clouds out of a plane window
5/3/22

Our Obituaries Are Written Before We're Dead

 

For forty years, I worked in the advertising industry writing headlines, body copy, overseeing a team of graphic designers, and developing creative marketing communications for corporate America. ...

Storyworth Book Cover
4/15/22

Relive Your Life (Then Leave it Behind)

 

A year ago, I received a unique gift for Christmas; a chance to relive my life. No, not like George Bailey of “It’s a Wonderful Life” fame—or Marty McFly in “Back to the Future.” I got the chance to ...

The Unpaved Road -- Fall Image
3/28/22

Take the Unpaved Road

(To find out who you are and what you love doing)

 

A friend recently gave me a book as a gift. It’s titled The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. It’s authored by John Mark Comer and speaks to the same ...

Nightbirde
3/7/22

The Singer is Silent but the Song Plays On

 

Last summer I wrote a newsletter that discussed Jane Marczewski, better known by her stage name, Nightbirde. At the time, this 30-year-old was suffering from lung cancer and made news around the ...

Father and son on beach
3/3/22

Excerpt #1 from My New Novel-The Desert Between Us

 

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Desert Between Us is a story of love after loss. If you lose your soulmate or spouse prematurely, can you ever love again--to the same depth--in the same way? Or will your heart ...

Cup of Coffee
2/11/22

Life-Changing Conversations My Father Never Knew ...

 

I have shared different versions of this story before, but with Valentine’s day next week, I thought this short story of marital love was worthy of repeating.

 
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Did you catch the headline? Read it ...

Sunset
1/26/22

Fleeting Moments, Permanent Impressions

 

Now you see them, now you don't.

What am I talking about? Acquaintances who appear in your life for a fleeting—but instrumental moment—and then are gone. You may never see them again. Their work in ...

Photo of 5-year-old boy and balloons
1/26/22

LONESOME

 

Lonesome is a poem by the late 
Alice Hansche Mortenson
(Written after the death of her five-year-old son decades ago.)

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Alice Hansche Mortenson was a friend of mine even though we ...

Man on Bridge
1/16/22

Developing a "Sense" of Gratitude (in the New Year ...

 

When I caught a cold a month before Christmas, I knew it wasn’t Covid because I never developed a fever or other major symptoms, besides I had a home Covid Test Kit available if needed, and I ...