Moving Forward

Image source: http://gurugilbert.com/wp-content/ambition1.jpg Sometimes, being stagnant is easy.  It’s easy to keep doing the same thing, day after day, year after year, decade after decade.  It’s easy, yes, but it’s not what makes a person happy. Sure, stability is nice.  I agree with that.  But you know what gets me out of bed each morning (aside […]

Courage Is the Thing, You Know?

I recently read Matthew Kelly’s The Book of Courage, which contains pages and pages of quotes on the subject of courage.  (Interesting fact: Kelly has been compiling these quotes since he was seventeen years old!) At first, I didn’t really “get” why courage was such an important topic.  I mean, I understood why a person would want to […]

Some Thoughts About Travel

The People’s Committee Building, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, during Tet holiday It’s official: It’s been too long since I’ve traveled. I do realize that I flew to Boise a little over a week ago, but that doesn’t really count, now does it?  I’m talking real travel.  The what-is-this-stuff-I’m-eating, talking-with-hand-guestures, everything-is-totally-new-and-different sort of travel. For […]

Writing: A Love Story

I fell in love with writing when I was in second grade.  That year, I participated in a statewide poetry contest, and I was just sure that my poem would win.  It went something like this: Mountains stand so very high Way above the trees They stand so high They touch the sky Now that’s […]

Dream Are Only Dreams (…Until They’re Not Anymore)

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being a featured speaker at the Idaho Book Extravaganza.  And while I went there excited to be a part of the event, meet writers and editors, and talk to the community, I left with something more: a deeper appreciation for what accomplishing a goal can mean to […]

What’s on Your Bucket List?

While I was teaching in the Dominican Republic, we did a unit on Tuesdays with Morrie.  It really is a lovely little book, and it got us, as a class, thinking about what we’d each individually like to do before we die.  Not in a creepy sense, but it a life-is-too-short sorta sense.  It prompted […]

Holy D*bt!

Original image found here How many of us, at the I-know-any-and-everything age of 18, applied for a credit card?  Most of us were told that we needed it to build credit, to strengthen our score, to prepare for eventually buying a house. Sure, yeah.  That makes sense.  Give an 18-year-old a credit card right before […]