• Mystical Authority or Business Salesmanship?

    When I talk to pastors, doctors, and therapists, there are many awkward silences on my end during our conversations. I’m sure I give many awkward facial expressions. I can’t really help it.

  • What Does It Look Like to Be There For Someone?

    What does it mean to actually “be there” for someone? We often check in and ask questions like: “How’s it going?” “How are you?” “How can I help?”

  • How Do You Socialize and Not Compromise?

    One of the greatest challenges Real Food Foodies face is socializing. Nothing kills a friendship buzz like a friend who can’t eat anywhere because everything served is “too toxic.” I mean, pesticides, GMOs, and processed foods are certainly unhealthy. But having lived for nine months with a natural-foods-only family as a teenager, I know how […]

  • Saying Goodbye To My Grandma, Judy Dessinger

    I said goodbye to my Grandma last week. She was someone special to me. Not always the softest person, but she was absolutely my biggest supporter. No one made me feel special like Grandma. I will always cherish her generosity, and the satisfying warmth of being genuinely celebrated each time I visited. She’s one of […]

  • Cecil and Prince: A Father’s Responsibility

    It is a father's natural responsibility to affirm and approve of his son. It doesn't matter whether you intended to be a father or not. It doesn't matter how absent your father was. Too many men apparently don't want to know that they have the power of assigning value and worth to a child. It's […]

  • Good Communicators: When NOT to Speak

    Not everyone is a good communicator. That's fairly obvious. What isn't so obvious, or at least commonly discussed, is when it's a good time for even talented communicators to zip the lip. Some of you communicators out there feel entitled to speak at all times, given the fact that when you do speak, people understand […]

  • So You Think You Can Dance

    “So You Think You Can Dance,” one of my favorite summer T.V. shows, is here again. I must say, each year I am inspired anew. Inspired by their beautiful bodies to take care of my own. Inspired by their discipline, passion and strength. For me, most T.V. shows do nothing more than entertain. But with […]

  • Interpersonal Relationship Tip #1: Choose to Be Unselfish in Conversation

    If I had a dollar for every person I’ve met who has yet to grasp this concept, I’d be rich. Why do self-absorbed people never understand this simple lesson? I’m going to spell it out for you in simple English so you won’t miss it this time: Stop always talking about yourself! Okay, now for […]

  • To My Firstborn

    I have wondered about you for 20 years. I have hoped that I would do right by you, and feared that I would not be able to help but fail you. I have wondered who you would be. I have wondered if you would be like me. I have feared that you will receive all […]

  • Family Moving Back to Texas

    It’s official! My family is moving back to North Texas. There’s nothing like the DFW area. It marks the soul. The only thing greater would be to be rich and travel to exotic places and relax on tropical beaches. I say that now, but summer’s coming and I’ll be ready to go arctic. We can’t […]