I am embarrassed about my role in this story but share it as part of our learning to fail forward together journey.   Did you read that first line twice?   I hope so and thank you.   I believe it’s important to share stories like the one that follows, especially with our families so…

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The Call children, Melba, Bob, and Lois, my mother, spent many a delightful evening in Never, Never, Never Land, as it is always called in their treasured book, “The Picture Story Book of Peter Pan” by Sir J.M. Barrie. Their copy is illustrated with beautiful hand drawn colored pictures by Roy Best and was printed in 1931…

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It was the fall of 1982, and BYU was playing New Mexico. Steve Young, the quarterback, was waiting for the snap. I settled comfortably into my seat, opened the lunch my first wife, Carol, had packed, and put a handful of Cheetos in my mouth.   The ball was snapped, Young faded back to pass,…

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Medina, founded in 808 A.D., is 15 square kilometers (9.3 miles) of chaos, a twisting labyrinth of 25,000 buildings, 72,000 businesses, 350,000 residents, and 75,000 tourists who visit each day. I was immensely grateful it was the Moroccan driver we hired and not my son, Paul, or my grandson, Calvert, or even worse me trying…

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Our grandson, Calvert, had a great idea for his Boy Scout Eagle Project. His family was living in Germany at the time, and some friends told them about an orphanage in Meknes, Morocco that needed clothing for the 240 children in their care.  Calvert got to work and held a spaghetti dinner fund raiser, which…

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Did you have a favorite teacher? Miss Mills, my fourth-grade teacher, was mine. It was her first-year teaching, and she had plenty of challenges with our class (though probably not that much different from other first-year teachers). Of course, the fact that she was young, attractive, and athletic didn’t hurt her chances of success (at…

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The year started out on a high. I was living in Italy, having one of those grand life changing experiences so important in young adulthood. But that was cut short when I developed a kidney disease and had to return home for treatment. Even though my doctors would not allow me to do any physical…

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