More Desert Time: A Guide to Modern Day Peace – Part Two

February 15, 2022

In part one of this two-part series, suggestions were made for finding our own peace in this crazy world.  Finding our own “desert,” or inner peace, requires significant effort. My wife and I are building a new home. The outside of the home has a number of stone columns.  They are large and require significant … Continue reading More Desert Time: A Guide to Modern Day Peace – Part Two

More Desert Time: A Guide to Modern Day Peace – Part One

February 8, 2022

I have written much about suicide ideation since the passing of our dear son in August 2020.  Mental health is a topic that should be front and center in all our minds and hearts, not just for those who know loved ones and friends who have succumbed to the demons of the day. Living through … Continue reading More Desert Time: A Guide to Modern Day Peace – Part One

Spirituality, Religion and a Language for the Soul

November 8, 2021

Guest Post by Rabbi John Crites-BorakLaunching Leaders Advisory Council When we see God’s vision for us and live according to the spiritual guidance we receive, we are aligned with the divine. —Launching Leaders: An Empowering Journey for a New Generation, p. 61 Head, heart and guts. Every successful journey requires three aspects of being: the … Continue reading Spirituality, Religion and a Language for the Soul

Is It Really a Sucker’s Choice?

October 30, 2021

A sucker’s choice happens any time we come to a fork in the road, and it seems there are only two options. If we choose one, we forgo the other.  However, most of the time when we face such a dilemma, if we look a little harder we can find several new options. My wife … Continue reading Is It Really a Sucker’s Choice?

SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part Two

September 27, 2021

In part one of this two-part series, I identified five important lessons for facing challenges and tragedy through the experiences of a five-man crew on the sailing vessel Grafton. Joan Druett’s book, Island of the Lost, describes their plight when they wrecked on the south part of the island of Auckland.  About this same time, … Continue reading SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part Two

SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part One

September 17, 2021

Perhaps it is my love of sailing, having gained my ocean sailing certificate last year, that enthralls me about sailing adventures. Particularly shipwrecks and the true stories behind them. A new friend recently referred me to one of these books, Island of the Lost, by Joan Druett.  I imagined the crew and situations as the … Continue reading SHIPWRECKED: Simple Lessons Learned Through Tragedy – Part One

The Essence of Our Identity

June 19, 2021

I am closing in on 65 years of age.  I’ve had a wonderfully full life, filled with great love, adventure, opportunities, challenges, and loss.  In reflection, is there ever a time in our lives where we don’t pause to evaluate the path we are on and where it is taking us?  I was visiting with … Continue reading The Essence of Our Identity

Give Life a Chance – Suicide Ideation – Part Three

May 13, 2021

Final Chapter, Mostly for the Living In my previous blog posts “Give Life a Chance,” part one and part two, I wrote about lessons learned and lived through our experience of losing our son to suicide.  I shared research, summaries, and ideas that our son wrote through his journal entries.  This final part is a … Continue reading Give Life a Chance – Suicide Ideation – Part Three

Everyone Has Something to Say – The Key is to Rethink

April 1, 2021

In a world of many voices, many of them on high octane, it seems the silent space between dialogue no longer exists. You know, that space where you actually ponder to consider another’s opinion before defending your own? That space.  We live in a precarious culture, with a cry for diversity of opinion and a … Continue reading Everyone Has Something to Say – The Key is to Rethink

Replace Cancel Culture with Forgiveness Culture

February 17, 2021

Originally appeared in Deseret News on February 9, 2021 Unity and trust cannot exist without forgiveness.  If “unity” is a new buzz phrase to create a sense of peace and bridge gaps of misunderstanding, it cannot succeed without forgiveness. Martin Luther King said, “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of … Continue reading Replace Cancel Culture with Forgiveness Culture