Category Archives: Purpose

‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself’

Ever since eighth-grade history class, when I first encountered those famous words by FDR, I’ve wondered about their meaning. How could you fear fear? I just didn’t make sense to me. Then along comes life—a few hard knocks, some doubts … Continue reading

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Jefferson, revolution and independence

I had the good fortune of attending the University of Virginia, a school with many traditions associated with its celebrated founder Thomas Jefferson. It’s “Mr. Jefferson’s University,” and his presence is still felt in the “academical village” he created in … Continue reading

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Small Business Week, taxes and being ‘independent’

I meant to post this at the beginning of Small Business Week (June 16-22), but I was too busy being a small business. I suspect most of the nation’s 28 million small businesses probably weren’t celebrating much this week either. … Continue reading

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‘Riding along in my automobile’

I recently took Augie, my 2006 Acura TL, on a road trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. We drove as far as Gatlinburg and then wandered up the Blue Ridge Parkway to Roanoke before heading back on 81. Augie performed … Continue reading

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When being bamboozled is a good thing

Hobo: “What exactly is your persuasion on the big man?” Boy: “Well, I want to believe, but…” Hobo: “But you don’t want be bamboozled. You don’t want to be led down the primrose path. You don’t want be conned or … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s, my mom and David Hilfiker of Joseph’s House

It was late afternoon on a perfect October day, and I was walking across the neatly landscaped grounds of the retirement community where my parents live. My mom was next to me, stopping to look at plants and flowers and … Continue reading

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Powering through those painful ‘slog’ days

When I began The Wayward Journey in the fall of 2011, I noted that there are many ups and downs on the road to establishing your own business. One of the bumps that I often stumble on is staying motivated, … Continue reading

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Don’t be a creature of habit, change your routine!

The other day I had one of those Aha! moments. It was such a small thing that at first I didn’t think much of it. But as I contemplated my “discovery,” I realized it had repercussions for other areas in … Continue reading

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Love, leadership and Valentine’s Day

Flip through radio stations or your own collection of CDs and MP3s, and I bet every other song will be about some aspect of love or romance. Looking for love, falling in love, falling out of love, breaking up, getting … Continue reading

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