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Hey! Want to be top dog in your field? So do I. That’s why I sometimes take sneak peeks at friends’ statistics, like the number of blog subscribers or friends on Facebook they’ve got. I ask myself, How do I measure up? John Maxwell, international leadership expert, speaker, and author, says in The 15 Invaluable […]

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In last week’s post, I’m back in my college days. It’s crunch time—a Music History 101 exam. In my head, a sinister voice of temptation competes with a quiet voice reminding me to do what’s right. (Click here for part 1.) Do I tough it out on my own? Or “borrow” a couple of answers […]

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After poring over our ballots this week, Tim, Andy, Emily and I selected our favorites for President of the United States, Congressional rep, state treasurer, and attorney general. Then we voted on a few measures like fishing, marijuana, libraries, and school funding. I love the freedom to pick our leaders and decide how our tax […]

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Ryan Avery, twenty-five, is the youngest man to win first place in  the International Toastmasters Competition. Ryan, manager of marketing and communications for Special Olympics in Oregon, beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking in August. I’m in Ryan’s chapter of the club […]

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At a Toastmasters meeting Monday night, my speech took first place. But I didn’t take home the blue ribbon. Ron Bell did. My speech, a modern-day parable called The China Shop in the Bull, delivered explosive energy. Ron stood at the podium and with grace and gentleness and described family events when he was on […]

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