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The Chinese Bamboo Tree

The story of the Chinese Bamboo is a great anecdotal illustration of perseverance, patience, faith and trust.  I love to share it with people, especially to those who are struggling to find success at reaching a goal. I fit into that category often so this story has really helped me keep my perspective. This is a

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Good Grief?

“Good grief!” was a phrase I heard a lot growing up in the 1960’s. The Peanuts cartoon had just hit the scene and “Good grief, Charlie Brown” became their signature line. It was also a phrase my parents used frequently as it was an idiom of the times. As I’ve gotten older and experienced a fair amount of

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Gone too soon!

On January 21st, just a week ago this past Saturday we got a call early in the morning that no parent wants to get. My step-daughter, Laura, called from back east to tell us that her brother, Rich Jr., had had a heart attack and died. It was sudden and quick.  He was only 49

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What’s Really Stopping You?

In my last blog I posed the question “What’s Stopping You?” and I took a rather personal and humorous approach to it. If you haven’t read it you can read it here. In this blog, however, I’m going to take a more serious viewpoint to this provocative question. Here is the answer in a nutshell. Your

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What’s Stopping You?

In honor of the new year I thought I’d tackle the topic of goals and what’s stopping us from achieving them. January is the month of new beginnings and fresh starts. It’s a time when we reassess our goals not just for the new year but we often recommit to a dream or aspiration or

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The Prostitute’s Story

  This is a story that’s message has served me well. I heard it in a communications class I took back in college in the late 1970’s and it’s probably the only thing I remember from my college classroom experience that I can truthfully say has made a difference in my life. It’s a fun

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