Category Archives: Values

The Sound of Freedom

By | April 16, 2018

[April 16, 2018]  My High School friend’s dad was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Dyess Air Force Base, Abilene, Texas.  On several occasions when my friend and I were annoyed by all the jet noise, his dad would say; Boys, that is the sound of freedom. Americans have always been seen as an odd… Read More »

Core Values: L.L. Bean

By | March 28, 2018

[March 28, 2018]  Years ago I had the opportunity to lead an overnight backpacking trip in western Arizona.  I was still young back then, but my backpacking experience was broad.  During the trip we gave our hiking equipment a thorough test of its reliability.  From a local couple in the hiking party, I was to learn that L.L.… Read More »

Bigotry and Prejudice in Leaders

By | February 19, 2018

[February 19, 2018]  A good article by Glenn Ellmers recently focused on the “old ways” of dealing with bigotry and prejudice (link here) .  Before I read it, I thought maybe he was talking about fist fights or something along those lines but he argues that the way we dealt with those problems years ago was different and… Read More »

Olympic Grace Defined

By | February 15, 2018

[February 15, 2018]  There is something about watching the Olympic Games that makes us feel more alive, more proud, and perhaps even like a better person.  I have no idea what makes this so but the grace we saw in the performance of the U.S. figure skaters won me over.  U.S. Olympians on the Figure Skating Team, Mirai Nagasu… Read More »