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Leave It Better Than You Found It

Growing up, my dad had some “signature moves.” Every Sunday, as the family hastily piled into the car to head to church, it didn’t matter if we were going to be early, on time, or late. He’d get in the car (usually last), start the engine, get out and drag the garden...

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Leave It Better Than You Found It

A Father Who Prepares the Way

When I was a junior in high school I, along with a handful of friends, hiked the trail of the 14,492 ft. Mt. Whitney. Standing as the highest mountain in the continental United States, Mt. Whitney is a challenging and breathtaking (both because of its beauty and...

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A Father Who Prepares the Way

What Are You Leaving Behind?

This is a question that I believe should be on our minds every day. When we live with this question constantly on our minds, our daily decisions become much easier. When I realize that someday I will be gone but that I get to decide what I leave behind, I see my time...

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What Are You Leaving Behind?

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

I’ve always been a fighter. Perhaps to a fault. So why then, when I was recently faced with an unexpected personal fight did I remain totally flat footed, getting out-flanked, and taking direct hits? Pride. It’s the same pride that prevents many firefighters in crisis...

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Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

Why Do We Remember?

Why do we remember?  What value comes to those who will stop long enough this weekend to remember the ultimate price that freedom requires? In a nation that, in many ways, is struggling to determine its national identity, how do we benefit by memorializing those...

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Why Do We Remember?