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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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 ...

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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 ...

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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.


Did you catch the headline? Read it ...


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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...