Category: Life

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A Beautiful Reminder

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A Beautiful Reminder

Last weekend was one of the most beautiful three days I have ever experienced. The temperature was perfect and the color of the changing leaves made for a wonderful reminder of the beauty all around us here in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. On Saturday, we went to a college football game. The rolling […]

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The Illusion of Control

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The Illusion of Control

Do you ever feel out of control? Do you ever feel that when you’re in control, you’re really not? A few weeks ago, I took a tumble on my motorcycle. I use the word “tumble” because it sounds less threatening than wrecked, crashed, or wrapped around a tree. But perhaps that’s just my way of […]

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Compassionate Basketball? That IS March Madness

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Compassionate Basketball? That IS March Madness

About this time every year, we’re up to our foul lines with March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Television stations are hijacked, advertisers produce basketball themed commercials, and offices are full of busted brackets. At the risk of jumping on the basketball bandwagon, I’d like to share a slightly different perspective that caused me […]

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The Weather App and Life’s Prognostication

On October 10, 1979, when I was in my first year of college, the University of Virginia got three inches of snow. A few days later the student newspaper reported that we had witnessed three inches of “partly cloudy” — which had been the weather forecast for that day. You’d think we’d see a significant […]

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Moving Into 2014

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Around 2:00 a.m., as I came back to bed from an all-too-common, middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom, I ran into the corner of the bed. The impact and the expletive that followed woke my wife. Yesterday, I could not find my favorite pair of jeans. They seem to have been abducted by denim fairies. Last […]

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Can’t You See You Need Help?

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The problem with mirrors is that they lie. Or perhaps, more accurately, they don’t tell the whole truth. Mirrors will show you the cavernous lines on your forehead that have become more pronounced as you’ve aged but they don’t show you that these lines got there because you frowned too much at your spouse. Mirrors […]

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The Need to Belong

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Groucho Marx once said that he would never join a club that would have him as a member. It’s interesting that no matter how unique we are or how much we want to stand out in the crowd, we also have a need to belong – to be included. Parkland Regional Burn Center, a division […]

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So What Are You Going to Do?

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School started this week. We saw teenage boys and girls walking through the neighborhood on their way to prison. At least that’s what their faces looked like. And many of them will be asked the proverbial question, “So, what did you do over the summer?” The question implies that the fun is done. That we […]

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Black, White or Gray?

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When you look at the world, do you see black, white or gray? Seems pretty black and white to me – it’s gray. Whenever we get together with family, friends or colleagues, inevitably, we talk about current events. And when we talk about current events, we temporarily lose the ability to see the gray. It’s […]

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Presence Leads to Excellence and Humor

I was riding my Harley through the back roads of Maryland last weekend feeling tougher than my nerd-like appearance might suggest. As I rode into a shady portion of the road, my senses came alive with an entirely different experience. The air was cooler on my face and arms. The scent of pine and decomposing […]

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