• Rich and Traci at the Gaylord
    at the Gaylord 2012
One Goal

One Goal

One goal… hmmm… One goal can mean many things. USA could have used one more goal against Belgium in regulation to move onto the World Cup quarter finals. The St. Louis Rams should have never let the Patriots kick that one field goal in the 2002 Superbowl (still bitter). The Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup in 2000 by “the goal,” thanks to Brett Hull. But, that’s all sports. I’m…

Drill Deeper or Walk Away

Drill Deeper or Walk Away

I don’t live in the country. I live in the city where you pay a water bill. I would love to live in the country on about 20-40 acres, a nice huge farm pond, and a ranch-style home. One of the aspects of country life is getting your water from a well.  I know how it all works. It’s simple. You drill in a spot where maps and indicators show…

5 Months Ago…

5 Months Ago…

Five months ago today I said goodbye to my mother at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus. It had been a moment that I had prayed about for several years as I watched my mother’s health decline, and then exponentially degrade over the last 2-3 years. I prayed for her healing, but I also knew that this moment would come, where she would…

The End of the Road… for me

The End of the Road… for me

When I write a blog post, I usually type out my thoughts, edit, delete, add, proof, and then publish. After I publish I go out and try and find an appropriate photo or graphic to match what I just wrote. This time was different. I went out and found the photo and then the words began coming to me.  Here’s the photo: The road you see is one that I…

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Three Things For The Next 8 Months

Whew… it is almost May. I hate being that person who says, “look at the time go by.” That’s the thing, I don’t want to watch time go by. I’ve become too aware of the shortness of days over the last 9 months. So many people have passed that were close to me. I want to savor and relish the days and hours. That got me to thinking… what are…

My Ideal Job

My Ideal Job

I’m sitting at the Gateway Cafe in Southlake, TX, wondering what it would take to walk away from everything… …I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Earl Grey Latte I’m drinking and the gloomy weather outside, but my mind is restless and it has wandered. Now, when I say “everything,” let me qualify that to mean my career, my business, my job. Not “every”thing… just everything that is my work. I’ve…

Coming On The Clouds

Coming On The Clouds

It has taken me awhile to process this… a dream I had not long ago. It was near the end of my sleep, that is all I know. When I awoke, it was time to get out of bed. How long it lasted up till that point, I do not know. I know they say dreams can feel like hours, but only be minutes. But, this was no ordinary dream….

When Is It Time To Quit?

When Is It Time To Quit?

Today on Facebook, Dani Johnson asked the question, that if you hate your job, is it time to quit or stick it out? Why? I’ve been thinking about this all day. Simple enough question, and I can give you a quick answer… but if you pause to consider your response, you’ll find it is a deeper question and requires a deeper response. You can find the question on her Facebook…