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Be an Expert

According to the experts who study what it takes to become an expert, if you commit to study a subject for one hour a day, you’ll be an “expert” in the field after a few years of work. Malcolm Gladwell said it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. The reality is somewhere in between. Most people aren’t going to work that hard, so after a few years of work, you’ll be smarter than most people in any given subject. But if you want to compare yourself to the real experts in any field, well, that will take most...more

A Perfect Canvas

When I was in high school, I worked for a local artist. Jean Woods was a painter who held classes for students and adults during the summer. My job was to help get the studio set up before lessons, cleaned up after lessons, help the students as needed and in general, do anything Mrs. Woods needed me to do. And every afternoon, she needed me to paint canvases with gesso. Gesso is a white artist gel used to cover canvases and painting boards before you paint on them. If Mrs. Woods had used five or six canvases during the...more

Wives, Your Husband IS Talking to You

In marriage, there is a complaint that is almost universal among wives…their husbands don’t talk to them. Yet, when I pull the husbands aside, they tell me they talk all of the time, but their wives don’t listen to them. What’s the problem? It’s a problem of context and styles. I know the conventional wisdom is that men don’t understand women (we don’t), but the reverse is also true: women don’t understand men. Let me give you an example. When a wife tells her husband she wants to talk, she never understands that in guy language, that signals a...more

Choosing the Good Ground

I love history, especially military history, and of that, especially Civil War history. Whenever I read the stories of battles, I’m surprised at how much time is spent before the battle choosing the ground where the battle will be fought. Commanders try to maneuver their forces to make the enemy respond by moving their forces. Each move and counter move is made to take maximum advantage of the natural terrain that will give their forces maximum advantage in the coming battle. In fact, do you know many Civil War historians think that if Richard Ewell, the Confederate commander who...more

A Little Closer to Perfect

For generations marriage was considered a social necessity. After all, marriage was seen as a way to domesticate men, who without wives to keep them at home would roam the streets at night getting into all kinds of trouble. I guess some still see marriage this way. I hope our understanding of marriage has developed over the years, but there’s a reality of marriage that hasn’t changed. Marriage is the union of two imperfect people. How can you have a perfect marriage with two imperfect people? It takes a lot of grace, a lot of forgiveness and a lot...more
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