Get John’s essays about reflections from his own day-to-day life and stories from guest authors in this weekly series that sparks positivity and productivity for the coming week.

Don’t Wait to Say I Love You

A July 4th move and the missed opportunity of unexpressed gratitude. “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” – GB Stern As we celebrate another 4th of July packed with mouth-watering BBQ, refreshing pools, and awe-inspiring fireworks, I can’t…
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The Time My Dad Flew

Sometimes our greatest superpower is a willingness to accept help. “An arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each other becomes a strength.” – Leonardo da Vinci Growing up, many children believe their dad is Superman. From their…
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Just Love People

Harold: A loving model of consistent generosity.  “You can easily tell the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Years ago, I ran a small construction…
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The Brisket Ladies

Honoring the sacrifices of many on Memorial Day.  “In our own woundedness, we can become sources of life for others.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen For more than a decade I’ve worked with the FOCUS Marines Foundation. This organization hosts…
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More Than Words

My new friend’s superpower to spark joy in others. “Just because I am happy and loved, doesn’t mean everyone else is. I know someone might be walking behind me who doesn’t feel happy and doesn’t feel loved. Maybe I…
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Have You Heard About…?

Recognizing the mothers shepherding their children through tragedy. The greatest gift of my work isn’t seeing my name on a book jacket, stepping onto a big stage or participating in some book signing afterwards. While each is obviously an…
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