Moving Forward

Image source: 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 […]