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History Filled With People Making Choices

Get young people excited about history.
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I periodically have the opportunity to speak with young men and women about history. I got into an informal conversation recently with some students about history and I was a bit shocked at the attitude some of them had about it. One of them made the statement, “History is just a bunch of dates and names and places you have to memorize to get through a class.”  I challenged him on it. “You’re wrong,” I told him. “Behind each one of those … Continue reading

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Can’t Go Back

Friday night lights.
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In 2007, my elder son graduated from high school and rode a partial football scholarship into his first year of college. As proud as I was, I hated to see him go. We had been spoiled by the cozy, autumn-colored spectacle of high school football. Our hometown version of “Friday Night Lights” had allowed us to rekindle that warm, fall feeling my wife and I had both known so well as teens. I began to realize in his last year that our addiction to … Continue reading

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Communication Gap: Pencil-Thin Line or Wide Chasm?

Close the communication gap.
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I got an interesting email from a Week-Ender follower and regular reader of my monthly “LBWA” column in PRB. This recreation coordinator from mid-America was asking for advice on how to handle a situation in his department. I gave him some free advice and I’d like to hear the opinions of other readers to see if you agree, disagree, or have other thoughts. Send them in here. He said he was being “mildly reprimanded” by his boss for making comments such as “keep it … Continue reading

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The Clearest Thoughts Come Through A Cluttered Mind

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Have you ever tried to meditate? Or hear about people putting in hours of prayer and concentrated study? I’ve given it a good shot. I had good intentions and put myself in a quiet place and got to the moment where I could say, “OK, begin.” But that was kind of like the beginning of a hot dog eating contest. It isn’t like a car or horse or foot race where you begin and it’s like immediately exciting and challenging. Meditating and hot dog eating is … Continue reading

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Keep Track of Your Successes

You have probably had more wins than losses.
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I was talking with a friend of mine the other day; we’ll call him Joe for purposes of this missive. He’s a guy I’ve known for many years. He’s a good guy, a bit rough around the edges, rubs people wrong more than he should, but still a good, loyal friend. He was lamenting at all the things that had happened to him over the years. He was the chief of photography at a local newspaper for more than 25 years–a great photographer, … Continue reading

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