Category Archives: Personal

The Most Pain I’ve Ever Experienced

“You’re 44-years-old. You know you’re not a kid anymore, right?” I’ve heard that a dozen times in the last four days. Starting with one of the nurses as I was being rolled out of the ambulance into the ER. It … Continue reading

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Bonding or Boundaries

Parenting is hard! I study and write about youth culture and parenting almost every day. It seems so nice and simple when I’m reading articles and typing words on the screen… then my 16-year-old gets home from school! Huge difference … Continue reading

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Scared of e-Readers?

This week someone asked me, “Has the shift towards Kindle and iBooks hurt your book sales as an author?” For me the answer was easy. “Not at all. I think it’s helped it.” Yes, it’s a fact e-readers are growing … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Colonel Christmas

Most people love Christmas, but in my house, Ashley LOVES Christmas… sometimes a little too much! I know, I know… how could someone love it too much? If you lived in my house in late November through the New Year, … Continue reading

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A Little Taste of Christmas

My Twitter and Facebook followers know that my wife Lori has been itching for Christmas since a little before Halloween, already playing Christmas music in our office mid October. Here’s a little sum-something trending on YouTube to help you bring … Continue reading

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Thankful

One thing I really love about Thanksgiving is the fact that it triggers much of the country to stop and reflect about what they’re thankful for. Here’s the top 7 items on my “thankful for” this year: My 18-year-old daughter … Continue reading

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Not So Sweet Dreams

Last night I had a really cool dream… and then, like always, it fell apart. Literally. I dreamed that I was with my family at a restaurant that served the world’s biggest burger. The burger came on this huge platter … Continue reading

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Running for you

It’s that time a year again… the one time I actually ask you for a favor. My daughter and I are each running in ENDURE, our big fundraising event this Saturday, and all the proceeds go 100% to you! If … Continue reading

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Brand New Training

This weekend I launch a brand new workshop at one of my favorite conferences, the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC). Thursday I’m loading up Lori and Ashley, and we’ll be driving the 8-hour jaunt from Sacramento down to … Continue reading

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iPhone Scavenger Hunt

My daughter Ashley wanted to do something a little different for her 16th birthday party with her friends, so I reached into my old youth ministry toolkit (TheSource4YM.com) and planned something just a little different than the same ol’ same … Continue reading

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