Category Archives: resilience

(Issue #582) When Strangers Become Friends and Friends Become Strangers


“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” ~attributed to Donna Roberts “I once had a best friend who is now a stranger.” ~Author Unknown We’ve heard it. We might have … Continue reading

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(Issue #580) What if Teachers….


It comes down to seeing the person as someone in need of what you have to offer. And finding a respectful many in which to connect with that individual. After my most-recent experience with a repairman not returning phone calls, … Continue reading

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Community Bright Spots! Lifeguard Stations (Part 3)


NOTE: You can find more information about the purpose of this page here. For three weeks I have highlighted one lifeguard station from each of our beach communities. I already have shared links and photos about The Jacksonville Beach (FL) Volunteer Life … Continue reading

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Community Bright Spots! Neighborhood Schools


NOTE: You can find more information about the purpose of this page here. The public elementary schools pictured below have helped build a sense of community at our beaches. Note: Atlantic Beach Elementary (ABE) was built during the Great Depression … Continue reading

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(Issue #575) Eleven Years Ago


As you look at the titles and snippets below, has the past informed the present? What have we learned and what do we still need to master—or at least face? On May 31, 2010, I sat in an Austin hotel … Continue reading

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(Issue #570) Purpose and Meaning


Teaching was the how of my why? Years ago, I developed an acronym which eventually turned into a workshop and keynote speaking topic: P.R.I.D.E. I challenged my audiences to act with PURPOSE RESPONSIBILITY INTEGRITY DISCIPLINE EQUILIBRIUM In a 2010 post … Continue reading

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(Issue #569) Stayca


On August 22, 1998, The Florida Times-Union (Shorelines) published an article of mine titled “Best Vacations Are Those At Comfortable, Easy-to-Reach Sites.” In that article, I described a virtual vacation (a Staycation) my wife I and took right here in … Continue reading

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(Issue #568) Community As A Pathway To Dreams


One’s dreams, goals, desires, and vision, connect to one’s overall journey. NOTE: Below is an excerpt from my book Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019, pp. 85-87). As an example of finding pathways and agency to a goal, … Continue reading

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(Issue #546) What If?


The what if mindset can end up creating an emotional vulnerability that leads to debilitating self-doubt. A creative writing strategy consists of two words to help a writer build suspense, give depth to character personalities, and provide unexpected plot twists. … Continue reading

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(Issue #543) How Will You Remain Vigilant?


How will community be sustained? Will core values change? [For this week’s post, I pull from a recent book of mine (2019; p. xxix). Deals with community, complacency, and challenge. Seemed appropriate.] Have you ever been part of a community … Continue reading

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