Can You Prevent Suicide?

Do not wait to have that conversation. You know how some memories stay in your mind?  I still remember the handshake. The very physical, nearly-break-your-knuckles grip the solidly built young man put on me. And the comment,  “Esch, I am nothin!!”   He was loud and gregarious.  Also, a drinker.  We were in the seminary together…

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Police officers and George Floyd: What side are u on?

George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin, a year ago yesterday.  Just a few miles from where our family lived for 18 years.  A huge loss for all who knew Mr. Floyd.  And a lot of years in prison for Mr. Chauvin.  Tragic on multiple levels.  It disrupted us as a society, substantially, right in the…

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Is crappy communication causing you headaches?

Is crappy communication an issue in your life?  Has it also impacted your business?   Do not fear, there is hope.  I have been there.  20 years ago while my wife and I were overwhelmed and exhausted with our son who didn’t sleep well.  She asked me at 3 a.m. to, “…go get the thingamagig from…

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Ex-Priest turned Construction Guy: Now Author!

Can you believe it?  In my last lifetime I was a priest.  Why did I leave and what did I learn?  And how did I get into construction?  Come to my Book Release Party March 25th and find out. I wrote this book to help others communicate more effectively and use their personal power in ways that…

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Why Well-Being Matters in Communication

How is your well being? Physically, financially, emotionally? Maybe you had a great year, personally and professionally. Perhaps you had a horrible year. Most likely it was a mix. Many believe that our well being comes, in large part, from the way we access and use our power, which is related to the way we…

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Practical, post-election support for you

Too close to call.  We do not yet know for sure who the next President will be.  A lot of people are feeling anxious now. Maybe your breathing is shallow even as you read this.   Are you taking at least 5 seconds to exhale? (always better to exhale a little longer than your inhale, up…

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Are You Exhaling Long Enough?

Too close to call.  We do not yet know for sure who the next President will be in the USA.  A lot of people are feeling anxious now. Maybe your breathing is shallow even as you read this.   Are you taking at least 5 seconds to exhale? (always better to exhale a little longer than…

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Waking Up in the Wake of the Racial Unrest

This is mostly my personal reflections on current events. I hope my thoughts inspire you to speak up respectfully about what you believe, with an open heart to listen to others who have different ideas from you. We are in the middle of a giant, dangerous racial conversation. It is not time to be silent.…

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My Mom Nearly Died by Suicide

Ever since that wiffleball game ended badly back in 1969 and I had to apologize to the scariest neighbor on the block for my bad language, my life has been filled with challenging conversations.  I happen to enjoy talking about the hard topics.  The ones we were trained to avoid—politics, sex and religion.  And I’d…

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“Dealing”with Difficult People in Covid Times

We all have difficult people in our lives.  Right now, for some of us, things are worse.  Since March of this year, most of us have had our regular lives turned upside down.  Dealing with difficult people in regular times is hard enough.  And now we have to deal with all this change and still…

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