Hey, buddy, ya got a light?

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When I lived in the Los Angeles area, I covered high school and junior college football for a couple of local newspapers. From a professional standpoint, these assignments are some of the highlights of my journalistic career. Not only did I enjoy writing game summaries and keeping statistics, but I actually got paid to watch football—which was something I’d been doing for free for most of my life!Read More »

The good, the better, and the best reasons to serve

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We live in a service-oriented society. We use our time, skills, and experience to serve our employers and/or clients. We use our time, skills, and experience to serve our family and friends. We use our time, skills, and experience to help strangers improve their lives or to find relief from difficult situations. Some people are even required to give service, usually as punishment for crimes or violations. What matters most is not how we serve, but why.

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#CheckYourMotives: A lifelong journey


A recent social media post to my personal Facebook page.
A recent social media post to my personal Facebook page.

Motive is a pretty cool word. Its correct meaning is, “a reason for doing something, especially one that is hidden or not obvious.” It’s easy to assume or question the motives behind what others say, think, do, or don’t do, but it’s more important—and constructive—to examine our own motives for what we say, think, do, or don’t do.Read More »

A sad winter tale in the summer


Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of a college football playoff. While yesteryears’ BCS bashing and post-New Year’s Day debating about who should be named the national champion was fun, I yearned for the clarity and closure a playoff would bring. In 2014, the NCAA finally implemented a college football playoff, a four-team, single-elimination playoff format that’s not without fault, mind you, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. It’s surely better than what’s been used in the past.

So, there I was, on Jan. 12, 2015, ready to Read More »

Book review: ‘Visions of Glory’


One of my favorite perks that comes with working for a publishing house is that I have access to a lot of books. While that’s a pretty cool benefit, I don’t have the time to read as many of them as I’d like. Of the nearly 450 books that my employer has published since I started working there, I’ve read fewer than 15 of them. That figures out to only about 3 percent of the books we’ve released since 2012—and even less when considering Cedar Fort’s entire catalog.

I’ll be honest: I haven’t liked some of the Cedar Fort books I’ve read, but there are several that I have really enjoyed. Like John Pontius’ “Visions of Glory,” a near-death experience book that includes visions—or dreams—about the events surrounding, and leading up to, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.Read More »