living, learning and leading in life's second half


The Question was “What do you fear about growing old?”

It was the question that twelve guys sitting in my living room this morning had already shared feelings about the previous week. So imagine my surprise when Abigail "Dear Abby" Van Buren showed up (at least her column did), escorted in by the group's retired history professor. (I find it amazing what old retired professors [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|A Further Journey, Aging| Comments

“Make love, not war!”

The world could use a valentine right now! "Make love, not war!" In the '60's, with an ever-present two-finger "V" signal, these four words comprised the protest cry of hippies, druggies, dropouts and Vietnam war resisters. From Haight Ashbury in San Francisco to Woodstock on a New York dairy farm, dissident young people pushed back, [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|A Further Journey| Comments

Winners and Losers

All my presidents have something in common. Winners and losers Something in common. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, America's 32nd president, was my first. Then came Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and finally, Barak [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|A Further Journey, A Word From Ward, Culture, Leadership, News| Comments

You just have to be brave

This story comes from the lips of two adults watching a little girl twirling on ice. Eventually she skates to the edge of the rink near where they stand watching. "You are so beautiful and so graceful out there," they exclaim. "How do you do it?" "You just have to be brave," says the little [...]

Why do they call it the “green room?”

I remember one of the first times I was asked to speak at a large church conference and was told that, before my session, I should meet the ministry team in the "green room."   "The green room." Really? Now I knew about prayer rooms and classrooms and board rooms, but a "green room?" What [...]