Seeing Beauty Through Anything

Seeing Beauty Through Anything

Beauty in the ugliness of 2020? Seeing beauty through anything? Hmmm. This year has walloped and wiled its way into most everything we’ve considered normal in our lives. Remember our pre-mask days when we could breathe freely or could actually understand what people...
15 Unexpected Blessings of 2020

15 Unexpected Blessings of 2020

Sometimes when we least expect it, unexpected blessings drop in our lap. I’ve got a Thanksgiving story that explains. Years ago around Thanksgiving, my dad decided to hunt for a wild turkey on our family’s 160 acres in southeast Nebraska. Now these birds were wily and...
Afraid + Brave = Courage

Afraid + Brave = Courage

Poor 2020. The year has been maligned with so much turmoil that has scared off courage. Or has it? Being afraid reminds me of some scary times in my childhood. Maybe you can relate. Gulp. Being double-dog dared by your two older brothers ups the ante when it comes to...
Learning How to Lose

Learning How to Lose

Learning how to lose is a lost art. Who teaches us to lose with panache and passion? Some well-known folks have declared that winning the game, the championship, the bet, the competition, the lottery is everything. Golf legend Tiger Woods once remarked, “Winning...
Who Is in Control?

Who Is in Control?

Who is in control these days? I mean in control of everything from election results to your medical test results to everything in between. Well, I know I’m not in ultimate control of this planet and how it stays together. And well, sorry, you are not either. Who...
“I’ll Be Okay”

“I’ll Be Okay”

“I’ll be okay.” There’s something about those three words that can settle our minds and hearts. In these unpredictable days of 2020, we can all use a reminder of words that help keep us calm to steady on. In an unlikely place yesterday, I met a woman that nudged me...
Wisdom and Wit Over Age 90

Wisdom and Wit Over Age 90

If you’re like me, you loved the movie Hidden Figures, the remarkable story of African-American female mathematicians who helped turn around America’s space program. Let me introduce you to a few hidden figures of American baseball, the Brown Bombers. You’re going to...
New Bend Book—Written for You

New Bend Book—Written for You

I wrote you a book. My new book, Bend: When Life Dares You to Break, is written for you. Yes, you. And me. And all the rest of us who could use a hand when life’s pressures build up. Have you ever felt frustrated, discouraged, maybe ready to quit? Bend will not let...
We All Have Lucy Moments

We All Have Lucy Moments

Lucy Moments. We all have them. Yep. Me especially at times. My friend Terry calls Lucy Moments those situations when we goof up, forget, look a bit foolish, and just need to laugh at ourselves. These little blunder and flub experiences are based on the ditzy...