Reading on the Beach

Reaping the Rewards of Reading


In an effort to slow down my life so I can pause more and rush less, I read an article today about the ten essential rules to slow down. The author mentions the importance of:  1) Doing Less, 2) ...

Fall scene

Take the Scenic Route


For just over a year now, I’ve been quietly showing up in your INBOX every other Friday with ideas on how you can slow down your life to, well, pause more and rush less. This newsletter strives to ...

Piano and Sheet Music

The Music of Our Lives


This morning I read an interesting thought from Max Lucado, a bestselling inspirational author. I quote it here: 

“In his later years Beethoven spent hours playing a broken harpsichord. The ...

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Maintaining Perspective in an Imperfect World


I think we can all agree that the world has been crazy this last year. It’s easy to lose your perspective. Having recently retired, I restored my perspective by briefly reviewing my 43-year career ...

Two people working in a coffee shop

Cafe Creativity: Did You Know You're More Creative ...


What do painter Pablo Picasso, author JK Rowling, and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan have in common? They have crafted some of their best work in a coffee shop.

In a recent article by Bryan Lufkin (see ...

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Everyday Miracles


I don’t remember how old I was when I first realized I needed to slow my life down—to see it more clearly, to hear, more distinctly, the shifting sand in the hourglass, to feel everything life was ...

Cabin in the woods in winter

How to be More Productive in 2021--by Finding ...


Welcome to 2021 and PAUSE MORE. RUSH LESS. To those of you new to this newsletter, the mission is simple: It’s designed to help you slow down because by pausing more, you see more. Listen more. Hear ...

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The Message Behind the Gift


In the spirit of Christmas, I want to take you somewhere special. Take a walk with me to a bygone era that now only exists in one place: my memory. Walk with me, for just a few minutes, to revisit ...

Christmas cup and Bible

Gag Gifts that were No Joke


I love Christmas time. Christmas is a holiday that literally hangs in the air, like a morning mist. Can you smell the pine drifting through the house, the cookies in the oven, the hot chocolate ...

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How to be Remembered

I’ve always thought a lot about TIME—and how every spectacular sunset subtly marks its passage in daily increments. Nature itself is a ticking clock—sunrise, dawn, dusk, sunset, winter, spring, summer ...

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How I Said Goodbye to My Career

It happens to everyone. Your career ends—eventually. Time runs out, like sand in an hourglass. You may end it at the appropriate time—or, sadly, someone may end it for you. But when you reach the end ...


Chasing Dreams (or Setting Them Free)

I don’t come from a very musical family. No offense to my family. Sure, one or two of my sisters tried the obligatory clarinet (which we rented), my sister, Mary, still has a beautiful voice, and my ...