Category Archives: Parenting for Excellence

Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong

My beloved prairie is known for its harshness – wildly hot summers, cruel winds, severe winters, violent thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Yet, we are also legendary for our stunning sunsets. The day can bring a traumatic mix of weather extremes, but as it softens into night, the sky often presents a glorious pageantry of color.Continue Reading

Important Interludes

Important Interludes

A new year.   A different season.  Rounding a corner and realizing you are in an unknown place. Unexpectedly we find ourselves with a new vista.  It is not always comfortable, but can bring about a valuable paradigm shift.  It can be thrust upon us, as is normally the case.  Or we can choose it, byContinue Reading

Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

On a stunning Southern California spring day we were driving to meet our son to celebrate years of hard work – his college graduation from the California Institute of Technology. My cell phone buzzed and I heard a strangled voice, “Mom, one of my classmates committed suicide yesterday.” The beauty of the day was shatteredContinue Reading

Awakening Possibility

Awakening Possibility

Benjamin Zander conducts the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of 45, he had a life changing insight. He explained, “I’d been conducting for twenty years, and I suddenly had a realization. The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. [His power depends] on his ability to make other people powerful. And that changedContinue Reading

Uncomfortable Miracles

Uncomfortable Miracles

I feel rather sorry for the Israelites.   Scripture records so beautifully the miracles that God wrought on their behalf.  It also chronicles so painfully (and so publicly) their ungrateful reactions to the miracles they would have handled differently. Take manna.  Here was a food they didn’t have to grow, kill, cut up or preserve forContinue Reading