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What does it mean to "Carry my Cross?"

September 27, 2014

As a Catholic, I have never spent a lot of time studying scripture, that’s not a big part of the practice of our faith. We attend weekly Mass where the ceremony consists of two parts: The liturgy of the Word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. From the Liturgy of the Word, as Catholics, this…

What Drives People to Change?

August 31, 2014

In my experience, people change for their own reasons. For the most part, there are three primary reasons for why people make a change. While these three reasons may be different, they are not mutually exclusive. Change is forced upon them by a competitor. Change is created by an internal desire to achieve an outcome.…

Dogs on the Path and an Open Apology

August 23, 2014

Why do some people insist on letting their dogs run free on the trails here in  Eden Prairie when it is marked clearly that dogs are to be on a leash at all times? I have come to learn that most people abide by this simple rule and there are a consistent few who do…

How Can Any Barrier be too Great?

August 16, 2014

How often are the barriers that we find in our lives created in our minds and subsequently manifested in our actions? The photo above is of a group of weeds that have pushed their way up through the asphalt on a jogging trail behind my house.  This path was freshly paved one year ago and…

In the Freemium Economy, How Do You Share and Still Derive Value?

August 16, 2014

Where do the lines between manipulation and good business practices intersect?  The answer to this is situational and a bit of consistency may be what’s needed these days. Recently, I sent a LinkedIn profile of a person as a recommendation to a contact of mine.  The response that I received back from the person was,…

A Walk Down Memory Lane and Gratitude for Today

August 1, 2014

Attending high school class reunions can be strange.  Good strange and bad strange.  Sort of all mixed together.  Last weekend I attended my 30th class reunion of Mayo High School in Rochester, Minnesota.  It was great to see people and I appreciate the work done by those who set it up. Interestingly, the group of…