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Special Gifts

Several years ago, my daughter-in-law, Michelle, suggested that for inter family giving we buy no more presents in favor of exchanging homemade gift. What a great idea! Since that time we have specialized in giving gifts of our own creation. I have received the most wonderful gifts ranging from handmade soaps and candles, to lots

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Life’s Little Gifts

Published on December 3, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Sometimes it’s not the big events that have the most meaning, but the little things.  A couple of years ago, Rebecca and I were privileged to spend three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. We saw all kinds of palaces, churches, and museums but my happiest memory involves a porta-potty, and an honest woman. I believe

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Cherish Life

Sixteen years ago tomorrow, November 15, 1996, while performing with Topeka Civic Theatre’s Laughing Matters Comedy Company, I suffered a heart attack. I never lost consciousness, and I can still remember the emergency room doctor saying, “Get him to the cath lab, stat!” As they rolled me away, I said goodbye to my wife and

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Dare to be Average

Published on November 5, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Have you ever watched an improv company and wondered how they always say the right thing at the right time? They don’t.  As a matter of fact if they tried to be clever, or funny every time they opened their mouth they would just stand there. Improv works because improv actors have learned to trust

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Just Show UP

Published on October 26, 2012 by in Uncategorized

When I attended the Applied Improvisation Network’s World Conference in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of meeting Patricia Madson, retired director of Stanford University’s theater department. She so inspired me I bought a copy of her book, Improv Wisdom. (You should too.) My next several blog posts are going to feature lessons I learned

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Words of Wisdom

Published on October 17, 2012 by in Uncategorized

When a stranger or casual acquaintance ask how you are, they are just being polite. They don’t really want to know.

 
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Great moments in sport

Published on October 16, 2012 by in Uncategorized

The best moments in sport are not made by famous athletes, they are made by ordinary people. Like me:

 
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How to avoid saying things you will later regret

Published on October 11, 2012 by in Uncategorized

If you’re like me, you have often said something that you regretted saying, sometimes right away, and sometimes much later when you reflect on it. Have you ever been embarrassed when someone you didn’t think was listening heard what you said? Perhaps it was a bit of gossip, or an off-color joke. Here are two

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The meaning of “yes”

Just got back from a wonderful conference of the Applied Improvisation Network. Met a lot of great people and learned a lot of good stuff. One of the things I learned was that to our clients our jargon is, well, jargon. Sue Walden  reminded us that our clients may not understand our jargon any better than

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Laugh to learn relearned.

Published on August 31, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Last night I taught an Englilsh as a Second Language class at Vida, because it was me teaching and because laughter is literally a part of my name, we laughed a lot. This experience reinforced a couple of lessons for me. First, laughter is an important learning tool. Because we laughed a lot, everyone was

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