Getting Back on Track

What Do You Do When Your Life is Derailed?

Early one Saturday morning when I was nine years old, I experienced the adventurous exhilaration of watching a train as it derailed in front of my house. Something sounded slightly amiss as the familiar rumble of the train grew closer and louder, so I pulled back the curtains to watch it pass. As I did, […]

When the Wise Pursue Foolishness

A Fable About How a Wise Man Regained His Wisdom

…in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a man named Noway. Noway was a well-respected man in the kingdom. While not wealthy, he had many friends who often asked for his wisdom and teaching in various aspects of their lives. Noway and his wife had many children, all of whom adored their father and […]

[BOOK REVIEW]: “The Navy SEAL Art of War” by Rob Roy

Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force

I initially balked when offered the chance to read and review* The Navy SEAL Art of War. While I have tremendous respect for the warriors who protect our country by their service in the Navy SEALs, I wasn’t quite sure how a business and leadership book written by a Chief Petty Officer (and former member […]

Professors are Human Too!

Three Questions to Ask Your Professor When Life Knocks You Down

Professors are human, too. This is a concept that seems foreign to many students. To a college freshman, professors sometimes seem iconic, untouchable, and almost godlike in their power, authority, and influence over the destiny of their students. Let me step down off the pedestal that some of my students have placed me on. Let […]

What Makes a Good Man Become Great?

A Tribute to My Father

My father was a great man… Last year, I wrote a blog about how frustrated I would get with my dad when I took him grocery shopping. His seemingly obsessive need to go to multiple stores just so that he could save a few pennies here and there on milk, bottled water, and other necessities […]

So, What’s the Story?

Last week, I had a complete stranger tell me that I had a fascinating story that needed to be told. He is a psychologist at Rush Hospital, a prestigious teaching hospital in the heart of Chicago. Now before I get too far into this story, you probably want to know why I was talking to […]

[Book Review]: “The Book of Man” by William J. Bennett

Portioned out into six categories, “The Book of Man” is a terrific book to share with males from 7 to 107, as it shares stories, quotes, examples, and poetry from nearly every area of a man’s life: Man in War Man at Work Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure Man in the Polis Man with […]

[Book Review]: The Matheny Manifesto by Mike Matheny

As a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, I will never…EVER find myself in a position to root for the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals…but as a youth softball coach, I have just found a reason to root for the Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny… Matheny has written a brilliant new book, “The Matheny Manifesto,” and I read it […]

[Book Review]: “Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life” by Michele Cushatt

Contrary to popular belief, the life of a Christ-follower is anything but easy. In addition to the normal ebb and flow of life, we are often challenged by those who do not share our faith that God cannot possibly exist in a world that is filled with so much suffering. In “Undone: A Story of […]

Three Significant Questions to Ask Your Significant Other this Valentine’s Day!

I have a wonderful wife…I’m sure that many of you also have fantastic people in your lives that bring you joy and happiness. What better way to slow down the pace of our lives than to spend time with those who make us happy? Now I know that there are those who are reading this […]