The Anger Ball

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Keeping your cool in an argument

It’s been eleven years now since I learned that lesson. I was living in Michigan, serving as a missionary. For those unfamiliar with Mormon-dom, let me tell you about those fellows who wear white shirts, ties, and black name tags. The pair of them must be within eye sight of one another 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The only break they get from one another is the occasional “trade-off” where they switch companions for a day.

And did I mention you don’t get to choose your companion?

And it can last anywhere from six weeks to six months (and sometimes more).

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On Being Genuine (Podcast)

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Today’s blog post is on Shawn Smucker’s blog (a fantastically insightful blogger, by the way). Be sure to pop on over.

Here’s a preview:

What’s it like at “the top?” How will it feel to rise to the levels of success we currently wish and dream of.


I don’t know. Really. I have no idea. But I suspect it’s not as glamorous as we up-lookers think.


I think sometimes the problem is that we see those who’ve “made it” (whatever that means) and assume there’s something inherently different about them–that they’ve got something we don’t have, that the pixie dust fell on them and blew off into the atmosphere before it could land on us.

After all, that’s what the “top dawgs” seem to suggest.



And here’s the podcast! Read more »