What we can learn about life from an Agave plant

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What we can learn about life from an Agave plant After wrapping up our first ever International Annuary Day in January, my wife (and Life & Times co-founder) Jennifer and I headed from St. Louis, Missouri to southern Arizona to celebrate the warmth of the southwest, her birthday, and our 10th wedding anniversary – a year and a half late. … Read More

Like a tree without roots

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  “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” -Marcus Garvey, Civil Rights Activist, 1887-1940   There is a reason we use the phrase family tree. Our ancestors are our roots. Our children and great-grandchildren are the branches. I was able to witness this firsthand a few weeks ago. This … Read More

Overwhelmed this Holiday Season?

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Overwhelmed this Holiday Season? For some people, these words bring a smile and joy to their hearts.  For others…dread.  I fall somewhere in the middle.  I love the beauty of a snow-covered yard, the cheeriness of a twinkling Christmas tree.  But the hustle and bustle, the stress of finding that perfect gift, knowing you’ll have to put up with long … Read More


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Research professor and author Brené Brown said it best, “vulnerable is brave.” Sometimes life is a little bit less than graceful. We stumble, fall short, or crash and burn. Pain can build slowly over time as an immovable truth becomes more clear, or it can strike quickly out of the blue. We humans have enormous, soft, beautiful and courageous hearts. We use … Read More