Faith in Isolation

"That's what you do in a herd." That, of course, is the famous line from Diego the sabre-toothed tiger in the classic movie Ice Age. Diego, after travelling with Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth throughout the story, becomes protective of his former prey. He becomes part of their herd and risks his life … Continue reading Faith in Isolation

Learning with Pauingassi

Thank you Pauingassi FN! I appreciate your hospitality, your welcome to me every time, and your willingness to try new things as we learn and grow together. So many good people to thank! Once again I did not offer my workshop the way I thought I would be. Instead, the invitation was put out to … Continue reading Learning with Pauingassi

Thanks for having me Little Grand Rapids!

Well, not everything went exactly as planned, but rarely does it in life. I came to talk about communication and conflict, but the conversations outside of the sessions will be what I will remember most. We all have so much to learn when it comes to communicating. It is not restricted to one place or … Continue reading Thanks for having me Little Grand Rapids!

Thanks for communicating!

Thanks to Church of The Way for letting me be part of your desire to communicate! November has definitely been a month of communication! Last week I had the opportunity to share some tools, engage in some helpful exercises, and discuss action steps going forward. It was great to have a variety of generations share … Continue reading Thanks for communicating!

Do you allow emotions in your communication?

“You’re not allowed to get angry! No crying!” Yuck. Those are words from some of my less memorable moments as a parent. As much as I was learning about my own emotions as an adult, learning with others about the value of expression, in parallel I was not always the best at it at home. … Continue reading Do you allow emotions in your communication?

Be Shaped

You have an opportunity to be shaped by the moments and days throughout your life. The alternative can destructive. 30. 30. 1. 18. What? Those are the dates over this past week that I reflected on because they impact me. And in turn, they impact the systems in which I am a part. Each one … Continue reading Be Shaped

Words carry power, use them wisely

I just read this disturbing article regarding a band teacher in BC: Delta private school band teacher suspended after telling student to "go kill yourself, it won't matter anyway" People say stupid things all the time. Sometimes there is more weight behind them than others. A teacher telling a kid they can go kill themselves; … Continue reading Words carry power, use them wisely

Clarify what you mean!

Do you bring clarity to your situation? We all speak in code. It just happens when we become familiar, feel accepted, and develop our own little culture. Each setting, if observed closely, has a language and a set of mannerisms, and that brings unwritten expectations of participants. The sooner you admit that you are part … Continue reading Clarify what you mean!

Batteries Not Included

That's the classic fine print on the bottom of the box of many an electronic device! This came to mind as a speaker at a recent gathering had trouble with his microphone. Every few sentences the sound would disappear and he would have to make a joke about it. It grew uncomfortable until he finally … Continue reading Batteries Not Included

Thank you Little Grand!

The workshop may have been small, but the sharing was deep! I had yet another opportunity to share my living better together workshop, discussing communication and relationship-building within families and communities. We had a little trouble getting word out, but once the right people were on the case everything moved nicely! Many thanks to those … Continue reading Thank you Little Grand!

A Time for Everything

"There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens" (Ecclesiastes 3:1) I was blessed to celebrate the ministry of a long term servant leader this Sunday. After many years of organizing, preparing, and helping others to succeed, she felt her time had come to a close. The beauty of … Continue reading A Time for Everything

Is work like family?

A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?