Miscellaneous

So what? A lesson in resiliency

Part of being resilient is realizing that none of us ever really knows where we are in the big picture of life. Moments which feel like failure right now may turn out to be positive stepping-stones in a much larger process. In the middle of what feels like a disaster, we may be learning valuable…

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The New Girl

  Anne moved from California to Salt Lake City, Utah in time to start Junior High at a new school. She was the new girl in the neighborhood and was nervous about her school and making new friends. She was very shy and unsure of herself, despite being an ‘A’ student. A few weeks after…

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She’s Sitting In A Tree

  Several years ago, my telephone rang at 2:00 a.m. Etiquette tells us that it’s not polite to call someone at 2:00 a.m. unless it’s an emergency and never if you are drunk. This call wasn’t an emergency and in fact I didn’t even know the guy and my reaction was not typical for me.…

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Conference Presentation

On September 29th and 30th, Cal and Anne presented for the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists in their annual conference. The theme of the conference this year was, “Integration: Mind, Body, and Spirit.” Their presentation was entitled, “Family Resiliency: Helping families find the courage to fail forward.”  It was designed to fortify families through difficult circumstances.…

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Ever Eaten A ‘Walkie Talkie’?

boy talking into a walkie talkie

  If I were to use the term “walkie talkie” most people would think of a communication device. So you can imagine how surprised I was when a young man from Birmingham, England, asked me, “Have you ever eaten a ‘walkie talkie’”? At first I thought I had misunderstood him, then I figured he was…

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Ditching My Promise

  An important lesson I learned from my cousins in Star Valley Wyoming was that they were the luckiest people in the world and I was the unluckiest. It didn’t matter what we were doing because if anyone was going to be embarrassed, laughed at, frustrated, or get into trouble, it would be me. I…

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“On Belay”

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  My father-in-law, David C. Evans, mentored hundreds of boys during his 27 year tenure as a scoutmaster. He trained and inspired his scouts to be prepared and accountable for their scouting adventures and for life. One day, more than forty years ago, Dave took a group of scouts plus his 10 year old son…

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