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””

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”

Business lessons for my daughters

Both my daughters have chosen careers in human services, with one working as a speech language pathologist and the other in school for social work. This comes despite my exciting career in information technology; I don’t know how it was they resisted IT after seeing me respond to midnight outages, poring over log files, andContinue reading “Business lessons for my daughters”