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I had the opportunity to take part in a funeral service for a wonderful man that I have known for some years.  He was a Navy veteran and a wonderful husband, father & grandfather.  This reminded me of a thought I came across recently that made me think & reflect on my own life.  It […]


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Many years ago my parents bought an organ for me and my sisters to play.  I started to take lessons and was initially very excited to play.  That excitement quickly wore off when I realized all the hours of practice I had to put in to learn how to play the organ.  Being 11 years […]


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Several weeks ago I wrote an article on the “Power of Kindness.”  Early this morning my wife sent me a great link to a list of “25 Random Acts of Kindness.”  Not sure if she was sending me a subliminal message or not, but if the shoe fits-wear it.  Right?  Some great ideas here; many […]


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Every summer of my childhood, we had a big garden.  Being the oldest, I was responsible for watering, weeding and tending our garden.  My mom canned everything from tomatoes to peaches. Like many children, I was not fond of certain types of vegetables.  Oh, I loved corn, potatoes, and peas but was not at all […]


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When some of our students were initially thinking about returning to college they appeared to be lost and unsure of where they were going.  Certainly our great Admissions team, coupled with help from all of you, has provided direction to those who appeared to be lost.  The following story, as told by the great motivational […]


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No doubt you know people who, when facing great trials and difficulties, always see the good and view life in a positive way.  You also probably know an individual who views life in the negative–seeing the glass as half empty vs. half full.  The other day I was thinking about a dear friend of mine […]

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    I once heard it said:  “That which we focus on we tend to cause to happen.” Are you focused on those things that will bring you lasting joy or only temporary happiness?  I ask myself that question whenever I have a full plate of things to do (or honey-do’s) and would rather be […]


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One of the topics I like to discuss in Career and Life Development (CLD), with our new students, is the importance of developing and maintaining great relationships with those they love.  I am constantly reminded of this when I go home from work to find several of our grandchildren there waiting to pounce on me! […]


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You have probably heard the statement:  “The choices we make will make or break us.” As many of you know, Susan and I have a lot of grandkids (22 last count).  I know their faces but not sure of all their names (just kidding!). Sometimes the younger grandkids get whiny and say “I can’t! I […]


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  Some of you more “senior” members will remember when the Tonight Show was hosted by Jack Parr.  After Jack Parr, it was hosted for many years by Johnnie Carson—long before Jay Leno. I remember many nights going to my parents’ bedroom before going to sleep and saying goodnight, and they would be laughing and […]


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