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I Won’t Make That Mistake

On a great many occasions I have heard people refer to an obvious relationship mistake they’ve observed in another couple, saying, “I won’t make that mistake.” Or parents say, “I won’t make the same mistakes that my parents made…

Climbing with Sherpas

Climbing Mount Everest is one of the ultimate claims people ever make to buttress an image of being cool. I’ve met a few of these folks, and they almost make the event a part of their name: “Hello, my name is John-I-climbed-Everest.” What…
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Changing the Oil--Every 100,000 Miles

Charles came to me in a crisis. He was having one conflict after another with his parents, his girlfriend, and his coworkers. Knowing that Charles was a mechanic by trade, I said, "Imagine that I brought my car in to your shop every 50,000…
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Sand Castles

Many years ago, I took my young children one day to the beach in South Carolina, where we lived at the time. After learning the indispensable art of building sand castles, they occupied themselves with delight for quite some time. At one point…

We Really Do Need Each Other

I have a large backyard filled with bushes, trees, a stream, a lake, and a variety of wildlife. Over the years, I’ve gradually minimized the labor required for upkeep of the place, but every month or so we still prune and gather quite a volume…