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Four Life Lessons from Camp Tuckaho

Camp Tuckaho Nature Log–I think Darwin would approve.

Camping’s a box I checked off my to-try list about ten years ago. And it’s been purposely absent from all of my lists since then.

I don’t get the whole camping thing. A walk in the woods? Yes. Dining al fresco? Definitely. Getting away from it all? Absolutely. But a community bathroom (or worse) and no bed? You lost me.

I’d successfully avoided a second experience until my daughter came along and with her, Girl Scouts—famous for cookies . . . and camping.

So the Friday evening before Mother’s Day, I drove her and another mom/daughter duo toward our destiny—Camp Tuckaho.

And here’s what I learned in my 24-hour reunion with the one activity I’d hoped to never do again: Read more

The Best Lesson from the Worst Job

The dynamic duo of “plus and delta”!

What’s the best thing you’ve taken from a job you hated? And not those pens you stole. Instead, something you learned there that’s been helpful in life.

Mine? Hands down, it’s the concept of + and Δ.

I remember sitting in a conference room after surviving a big biotech audit, and seeing on a poster two columns, one titled “+” and the other “Δ”.

Plus (+), as you’ve likely guessed, was home for everything that had gone well—team coordination, response time, logistics, etc.

Delta (Δ) took on the role it often does in math and science, denoting change. So anything people felt had room for improvement went here.

Notice anything missing? Read more

Four Life Lessons from the Police Station

The cops had surrounded me. With no place to hide, I exited my car. One officer approached and with his arm up gave me a…

…fist bump, of course.

And with that, my day at the Kirkwood Police Department community event had begun!

The heat, the wind, the sun. The connection, the gratitude, the joy. It was definitely a day of extremes. And surprisingly, four life lessons: Read more