I fell for it. “Would you like to join me on a little drive?” What you see is cart #3 of September’s haul. The gardener is in the house. Welcome to CA.

Tumbling again

Even though I have left my beloved rock source, Lake Michigan (The Great Lakes have the greatest variety of rocks in one place than anywhere in the world) I have started up my smaller rock tumblers this past week. This is a shot of some of my Lake Michigan rocks that are through the tumbling […]

Sorry. One more bug.

I was sitting on my back porch working on a writing deadline when this guy flew up right next to me. I know I have posted enough bug shots, but I couldn’t help myself! Plus, I am convinced that this bug is smiling.


After more than a decade of talking (and dreaming) about it… we finally made the move. September and I left the lovely midwest and its friendly people and moved to southern CA. This move allows us to be near our kids and grandkids (and to be less near snow, frost and ice scrapers).

The Least Angry People in the World!

The above quote, from Boundariesby Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, revolutionized how I think about difficult conversations and setting boundaries. We’ve all experienced times when we need to protect ourselves from the consequences of another person’s behavior. We need to set a boundary. Too often, we simply endure relational disappointment until things get […]

OMG! I’m being OMG’d.

FOUR STEPS TO MANAGE YOUR OFGs In this world, we’re all regularly “blessed” when others offer us an opportunity for growth (OFG), which is a nice way of telling us, basically, how we need to improve. Whether this OFG feedback is true or untrue, if we’re smart, we’ll receive that OFG with an attitude of […]

More bugs…

Can’t help it. For other photo-nerds Canon EOS 60D Focal length = 200 F-stop = 5.6 Shutter = 1/20 Exposure = +1

If I am ever attacked by two trees at the same time…

I will be ready. The only way to create and maintain a “kind and courageous” team culture is to regularly nurture the trust among team members. The only way to ensure a foundation of trust within a team is to secure an environment that is safe. There are several ingredients required to secure emotional safety […]

The “Mountain”

I went to medical school in Seattle. I have so many fond memories of those years, but one of the fondest was walking to class and marveling at the great Mount Rainer. Though 60 miles away from Seattle, on a clear day “the mountain,” as locals refer to it, can easily be seen and admired. […]


It felt like an eternity that I sat with my tripod perched near an open window to capture this shot. Photo nerd data Canon EOS60D Focal 180 F-Stop 5.6 Shutter 1/1250