When Frank Fischer found his audience

This is a story about how what might have been is sometimes less sweet than what was. It’s also about how lives can intersect in a beautiful way. My daughter’s father-in-law, Frank Fischer, was a young man of about 30 working on a turkey farm near Riverside, California in the early 1970s. He would sometimesContinue reading “When Frank Fischer found his audience”

“Effort is between you and you”

A few months ago, a group of us were preparing for half- and full-marathons, when our schedule was somewhat disrupted by bad weather. In addition, there were the normal conflicts of life, which make devoting hours to training runs of more than 10 miles difficult. As we gathered together and were checking-in, one woman, a motherContinue reading ““Effort is between you and you””

10 mind tricks to make you mentally stronger

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.” Laird Hamilton I believe in placebos. When a doctor gives me a prescription, I’m taking it largely on faith that it will address the problem. I don’t think I’ve ever looked at the clinical trials for the medicine, much less conducted my own.Continue reading “10 mind tricks to make you mentally stronger”

Shame, Humility, and Confidence

Unlike most students these days, I only applied to one college. I had known I wanted to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from early adolescence, and I’m thankful I was academically qualified and I was accepted. When I arrived, I noticed a great uneasiness in me concerning my place on campus.Continue reading “Shame, Humility, and Confidence”