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How can I do better?

We can become complicit in evil if we are not careful. Our behavior in our workplaces, schools, churches, communities and families and the way we react to events can send signals : we can choose to send ripples of healing kindness or ripples of bitterness; ripples of proactive improvement of the status quo or ripples […]

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Grown up trees : An observation

Here are some pictures from my morning walk. Here’s my observation: As a child I liked to draw trees. Those trees were always so symmetrical- straight-tall-trunks-roughly-round on top. Real trees – Grown up trees are not so perfectly planned. Grown up trees – like we grown ups – recognize that life is not symmetrical – […]

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Brene’ Browns Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

I just finished reading Daring Greatly and I wanted to share the link to Brene’ Brown’s Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto. I was blown away by her final words on the subject that both summed this section up so well and were incredibly convicting personally as well. Who we are and how we engage with the world […]

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Let me build a bridge, for I cannot fill the chasm…

The poet of my youth was one Gordon Sumner, aka Sting. The first concert I ever went to was Dream of the Blue Turtles, his debut solo album. A bit odd for a kid my age as all my other friends went to the Journey, AC/DC and KISS concerts, and I loved all that music […]

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A mom for all seasons

If many of you were to write a blog about your mom and titled it ” A mom for all seasons” I suspect your story might be about one special woman who showered you with unconditional love, who was your rock, your inspiration and a guiding light in your life. Still others of you might […]

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Happy birthday in heaven Dad !

Old School : family film with Dad My Dad would have been 75 today if my “goesintas” are correct? I wish he would have had a chance to see my, my sisters and my step brother and step sister’s families grow and soar! I’m thankful my dad captured these moments of my earliest childhood on […]

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What are you choosing to take with you?

Do you need all that junk you are carrying around? How much of what you encounter every day is because of what you choose to take with you everywhere you go? Luke Skywalker: What’s in there? (Motioning toward a cave) Yoda: Only what you take with you. (Luke grabs his belt with lightsaber and blaster). […]

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Pepop: A Decorated Veteran of the Game of Life | Four For Soaring

Some months ago I wrote a story about my grandfather and how he taught me how to be full of CHIT: Curious | Humble | Intentional | Teachable. Today, I want to talk about this World War II veteran and how he has lived a life as a gritty hero, not just of World War […]

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Pushing people into the chasm of tension as an act of service.

Once, I thought all tension was “bad” or “negative.” I was under the assumption that making others uncomfortable (or my making a mistake) was always a “mark against me on the scoreboard of life.” This could be because I am innately, at least according to many of the personality inventories I’ve taken the last 40 […]

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The “Colonel” Of Truth and our bias in the war against him.

Why do I write this blog? What is this whole #four4soaring thing about anyway? As I ponder this question I am assaulted by what Steven Furtick calls the Chatterbox in my own head: You are writing this blog out of ego. You want to be liked. You crave attention. You don’t really care about anyone […]