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Crisis Leadership & Mass Shootings

To me, this image is the most powerful photo from the high school shootings in Florida, a mom, most likely a Roman Catholic who received her ashes earlier in the day is shown both terrified and comforting as she and others attempt to grasp what is unfolding. How many of you asked yourself something like, “What would I do in a situation like that?” Here are some tips that I have learned over the years in my work as an International Crisis Response Specialist. Crisis leadership is more about who you are than what you […]

Seven Ways to Have a Happy Husband

Ever wondered if there are any ways to tell if your husband is a happily married man? While every relationship goes through its seasons, here are some proven indicators that your man is happy in your relationship. 1. He knows that he can be himself without being judged or criticized. You see, there is nothing that can kill a relationship faster than criticism. 2. He feels that you notice him and appreciate all that he does for you and that you do not take him for granted. 3. He realizes that you love and accept […]

A Man’s Guide To Valentine’s Day Shopping

  Want to build a happy, resilient relationship? If you answer is yes, then continue to read. We are into February, and we all know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So guys, for heaven’s sake, get your shopping done before Feb. 14. If you wait too late, the roses will be wilted, and the selection of cards and chocolates will be pretty much picked over. It seems simple enough, but how many times have we men suffered from procrastinitis (my word), a condition related to waiting until the last minute to shop […]

Change or Die: Recalibrate or Stagnate Part 2

  What do Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Fox, and Viola Davis have in common? They reinvented themselves. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, world-famous wrestler to respected film star. Jamie Foxx started out as a standup comic, turned singer with numerous # 1 Billboard hits and Platinum selling albums not to mention the fact he is an Academy Award winner. Taylor Swift who has made a dynamic and successful shift from being the darling of country music to a dominating pop artist. Viola Davis who was trained at Juilliard in theart of […]

Recalibrate or Stagnate: The Choice is Yours!

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? In the interest of full disclosure, I am at about 60%, which, at least for me is not too bad. The New Year is a time when so many of us consider making some changes in our lives; some people are looking to make some small changes others are looking to recalibrate, to reinvent themselves. On the downside 80% of us will abandon most of those resolutions by mid-February, but what about the 20% that do keep them. So what are some ways to maintain those decisions, to […]

Incoming Missile: The Hawaii Event

  What were you doing when you heard about the incoming missile threat in Hawaii? When I first hear the story, I had three different reactions, all within a couple of minutes. The first was, Oh, my God, North Korea did it! The second was a flashback to my childhood which was in the 50’s, and 60’s when school children were taught to “drop and cover,” by a cute cartoon character Bert the Turtle and his human sidekick. Bert and his sidekick taught children what to do in the event of a nuclear bomb detonation. […]

Swords, Sandboxes, and Precious Memories: Transition Points

What was your last transition point? A change at work, in your relationship, your health or you family? Life is filled with various transition points, mile markers, and life stages. Today, I am going to give you some lessons that I am learning in my most recent transition point. On Christmas Day I surrendered my Walmart, yellow handled foam sword to my daughter’s firstborn son. This spunky four-year-old, his two-year-old brother, and their seven-year-old cousin and I regularly engage in some rough and tumble things like sword fights, pool noodle wars and other forms of […]

The Dark Side of the Holidays

                    The Dark Side of the Holidays By John Thurman While I absolutely love this time of the year, there was one Christmas Season where, at least for a few moments, I thought about ending it. Much like George Bailey, the lead character in Frank Capra’s, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” I was pretty close to rock bottom.  I had gone through a job loss, was renting a house from a friend, at a gracious rate, and was barely making enough to make ends meet. I was […]

The First Christmas After A Loss

Helpful tips for people facing their first Christmas after a loss. Are your Christmas lights up? Have you started your Christmas shopping? Have you reached your limit of Hallmark holiday movies? Today, with the help of my grandson, our kitchen will be filled with the intoxicating aroma of two of the favorite holiday treats, sausage balls, and Martha Washington candy (recipes at the end). These are two of the extraordinary things my momma made for me as a kid, and even as recently as two years ago she made them for me and mailed them […]

Cutting Down Holiday Stress

Well, we are officially off to the retail madness of the Holiday Season with yet another Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday. As I pen this post, I am having a flashback about spending three Christmases managing a Christian Gift Shop in at the Macon Mall in Macon, Georgia. At the time, I was grateful for that chapter in my life, but I am glad is in my past. For many people, this time of year is about as exciting as being told you need a root canal immediately. There are countless individuals feels an […]