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August 16, 2016

One of the gauges on the dashboard of your car monitors the temperature of the engine. A quick glance will tell you if the temperature is within the range that is “normal” or “safe”. It’s not unusual for the temperature to increase somewhat if you are pulling a heavy load or climbing a steep hill, and there is no danger as long as it stays within the safe range. But when something is wrong with the cooling system and the engine temperature climbs into the danger zone, it means you need to address the situation immediately...

August 16, 2016

Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel to regions such as the Golan Heights and Kosovo; places where there is large contingent of peacekeeping forces present because of past conflict. Basically the role of the peacekeeping force is to keep the opposing parties apart. Essentially they serve as a buffer between the two parties, and often are enforcing a “cease-fire”. But the peacekeeping force is needed because it’s evident that true peace is still a long way off.  Although the fighting may have stopped (at leas...

February 25, 2015

Today is a good day! It’s a beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the spring flowers are up. All in all, it is one of those, “It’s good to be alive” kind of days. I am relishing it even more than usual because 3 weeks ago I had a heart attack, or so my doctor tells me.

Some of you know the story. In fact, this blog could/should be entitled “What not to do when your chest feels like it’s in a vice and your left arm feels like it’s going to explode.” Let me give you a bit of my me...

September 18, 2014

Recently my wife and I were flying home on a late night flight after being away for a long weekend, and what I really wanted was to get some sleep on the flight. This proved to be difficult, however, because 2 rows behind me a fellow traveler was snoring…loudly. As I listened to him (at least I think it was a him), I was reminded of how often we hear things we don’t want to hear and miss the things very things we should be hearing.

 

This is true not only on the plane, but in much of life. As a mediator, I am often called up...

February 22, 2014

Over the years I have had the opportunity to travel to regions such as the Golan Heights and Kosovo; places where there is large contingent of peacekeeping forces present because of past conflict. Basically the role of the peacekeeping force is to keep the opposing parties apart. Essentially they serve as a buffer between the two parties, and often are enforcing a “cease-fire”. But the peacekeeping force is needed because it’s evident that true peace is still a long way off.  Although the fighting may have stopped (at leas...

January 7, 2014

One of my favorite TV shows growing up was “Happy Days”, and like most teen age males, the character I admired the most was Arthur Fonzarali  aka “The Fonz.” While he was the epitome of cool, he did have one serious character flaw- he could never admit he was wrong. He could never bring himself to say “I am sorry.” The truth is, many of us find it difficult to say those words.  As a result, our relationships suffer. Marriages are strained, friendships are lost, and professional relationships are negatively impacted becaus...

November 16, 2013

When it comes to the holidays, and particularly our family gatherings, we all have certain expectations. In our minds, we create the perfect scenario: the turkey will be done to perfection, the pies will be flaky, and everyone will be full of peace on earth and good will to men. Of course, things rarely turn out exactly as we had anticipated.  I remember one year, my brother-in-law had planned a family outing for our extended family. Following the Christmas Eve service we would all head out into the country for a horse-dr...

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