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Calling Out Racial Bias (Kindly)

Choose wisely. Sometimes we have days, even weeks, to anticipate the choices we will make in a difficult conversation.  Other times the opportunity is suddenly before us and we tiptoe trepidatiously into unknown waters.  The latter was the setting for Kellie and I as we spoke innocuously about immigration, heart-centered communication, and other matters.

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Pink Party Power: Poured Into to Pour Out

As we bring another Breast Cancer Awareness month to a close, I’m remembering… Cindy. Seven years ago, just a few days before my scheduled preventative bilateral mastectomy, a woman I hardly knew named Cindy Kreidel threw me a “Pink Party.” Complete with encouraging gifts, delicious snacks, heartfelt prayers, and an unforgettable, side-splitting skit involving pairs

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Thoughts on my Upcoming Conversation with a Democrat

After my post-election blog entry, I’m Not A Hater, received a firestorm of comments last week, I fully expected to be unfriended by one old high school friend in particular. However, my Democratic friend completely surprised me by instead writing a message over the weekend to ask if I would be interested in hosting a workshop with

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Finding Courage for the Scariest Step in Tough Conversations

“Would anyone like to role play a tough conversation?” I ask. By their response, it looks like I’ve asked if anyone would like their hair pulled out one strand at a time. They look down at the table, then sneak wide-eyed looks at each other. I had just finished teaching my 7 Steps to Tough

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Recycled Encouragement

I love metaphors. Metaphors help us draw parallels between familiar and unfamiliar things.  They bring understanding in new ways and paint concrete pictures of abstract concepts. Just before Christmas, my friend, Andrew, lost his job.  With 4 kids and a mortgage, he needs fresh hope for the new year.  And he’s not the only one.  Andrew knows

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