The Four-Letter Word You Can’t Live Without

The Four-Letter Word You Can’t Live Without

You may not realize it, but you and I are fairly dependent on one word. Help. Hel-l-l-l-lp-p-p-p-p-p-p! Hep me. Help desk. May I help you? Heaven help us. Can’t help it. Pitch in and help. While the word help is common in our language, some of us are more reticent to...
Why My Mom Never Gave Up  

Why My Mom Never Gave Up  

In 1903, Mary Anderson invented the first windshield wiper blade. Five years later, housewife Melitta Bentz patented a coffee filter system. In the 1950s, bank secretary and single mom Bette Nesmith Graham created Mistake Out (later patented as Liquid Paper®). And for...
7 Principles of Bending, #7

7 Principles of Bending, #7

7. Joy will emerge in the struggle. Joy in loss, in pain, in suffering? Really? I’ve seen joy nudge its way through many a solemn event. School shootings. Nuclear explosions. Car fatalities. Natural disasters. I’ve interviewed hundreds of hurting people around the...
7 Principles of Bending, #6

7 Principles of Bending, #6

6. Vulnerability is strength in disguise. Playing Truth or Dare back in the ‘80s was one of my first recollections of being vulnerable. Gulp. If I just stuck with my more commonplace truths like “I like medium-rare steak” or “I’ve been thrown off a bucking horse,”...
7 Principles of Bending, #5

7 Principles of Bending, #5

5. Intentionally refresh your thinking. My dad was consistent about one consistency. He’d come home from the gas station at noon, eat lunch, and go plop on the living room sofa for a 30-minute nap. Then he’d put in five hours more at work and often two hours in the...
7 Principles of Bending, #4

7 Principles of Bending, #4

Dare to muddle through the messiness. Let’s face it. Life just gets messy at times. A real heap of discombobulated junk. Kind of like my story in my Two Days Longer about the morning after my mom died. In numbing his grief and exhaustion, my dad accidentally tossed...