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Blue Highways

Posted by on Aug 26, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 4 comments

Blue Highways

Traveling has always been a major part of my life. When I was growing up, our family used to pile into our VW bus and we headed from the Midwest to Maine every summer. I would always sit up in front with my father and be his navigator. I fell in love with maps and being on the road early in my life. Later, I read a book written by William Least Heat-Moon entitled Blue Highways. The title of the book refers to the back roads on maps—major highways were red and small, back roads were blue. The book is about Heat-Moon’s travels around the United States on back roads. I remember reading it with...

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Dupre Family Reunion

Posted by on Jul 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 3 comments

Dupre Family Reunion

Farn and I just returned home from our Dupre Family Reunion near Bridgton, Maine at the Nawandyn Estate on Highland Lake. No one in our family lives up in Maine but it has a special meaning to the Dupres. As children, we drove there from the Midwest every summer to spend several weeks hiking, swimming in lakes, climbing Mt. Washington, and braving the freezing ocean.   My family We began holding Dupre Family reunions every other summer in neutral places more than 30 years ago.  That was my father’s idea. He felt that when we all gathered back at home, we all fell into old familiar...

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Pasteling

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 6 comments

Pasteling

I love art. I’ve loved it since I was a child and our house was filled with interesting paintings. I used to stare at them and wonder how difficult it would be to paint them.  Though none of the paintings were done by my mother, she was the one who taught me to draw. We would sit down with a large piece of paper and she would draw a squiggly line on it that connected at both ends. We would then see how many pictures of animals, faces, and just about anything we could find in the squiggly lines. I was totally captivated. She also taught me how to draw with charcoal and I remember winning...

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Owning Up

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 15 comments

Owning Up

I’m feeling the need to own up to something. This has been a difficult period in my life and for the most part I’ve kept quiet about it. A few people I have shared this with but not many. I’m not sure why I’ve kept quiet but maybe I’ve been protecting myself. I’ve used this blog as a way to focus my attention on other things and that’s helped me remain positive. But I guess I’m ready now to open up. Almost three years ago, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, which is cancer of the bone marrow.  I quickly got accepted into a clinical trial and started chemotherapy. Fortunately,...

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Not Coaching

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 1 comment

Not Coaching

When I was consulting, I was never hired by an organization to coach a manager. Instead, I was brought in to strengthen a team, improve a process. or change the culture. The work often led to coaching, but not always. Coaching has become a big business over the past 15 years and I continue to have mixed feelings about it. I object to its “cookie cutter” approach.  My first introduction to this term, coaching, came when I was working as an internal consultant at Mattel about 12 years ago. I was offsite trying to bring together two functions that were in conflict. Joining me was an...

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Theater of the Absurd

Posted by on Mar 31, 2019 in Blog, Featured | 8 comments

Theater of the Absurd

My wife, Farn, and I were reminiscing about our early years together recently and all of a sudden remembered an incident that we hadn’t thought about for years. It’s a funny story and I’m in the mood for capturing something with some humor in it. Farn and I were up in St. Paul, Minnesota visiting my grandparents for a week one summer when we were both in college in Wisconsin. We were preparing to head a bit north to White Bear Lake to visit some friends of my grandparents. These friends were extremely proper, so my grandparents encouraged us to dress up and to be on our best behavior before...

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