Is Your Heart Heaven?

In everyone’s life, there is a day-of-days that brings implausible joy or sadness that resonates for a lifetime. In my case, however, that day had a surreal clash of life and death happening almost simultaneously in one large collision. March 9, 2004 was such a day...

A Guy Named Lou

LOL, W/E, PEEPS, BTW, ANR8, IDK, IAC, AND BFF.  Today’s quick texting shorthand has reduced language to a series of innocuous letters. Language condensed to abbreviations to be thumbed in text messages or “tweets”.  Actually, I am old enough to remember when LOL meant...

Forgiveness

One of life’s hardest lessons is to learn how to forgive. Forgiveness is difficult — and very misunderstood. Many people confuse it with other things. Forgiveness is not approving, condoning, ignoring, excusing, or seeking compensation for hurtful acts....

Is Your Heart Heaven?

The Christmas after my daughter Betsy died my four-year-old granddaughter Claire and I had a quiet moment away from decorations, tree and conversational buzz. The solitude we shared was quiet and soft, just the two of us. The whole family was together to support each...

Do You Believe in Magic?

I believe in magic. Who would have thought? After a long career running large organizations with up to a thousand employees, managing finances and budgets, negotiating labor contracts, and making strategic plans it’s hard to fathom that there’s magic in the world. The...

An Unexpected Letter

The importance of handwritten letters was brought home to me in a very powerful way. In 2004, I finished my book manuscript entitled Soft Leadership for Hard Times. The book was almost ready to go to print when the editor called and said that I better check a...