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Doug Flutie & the Miracle Pass: 30 Years Later

  Doug Flutie and a Load of Firewood There are certain days that you remember exactly where you were.  September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks – school library at the Christian school where I taught.  Earthquake during the 1989 World Series – my rented house in Charleston, Mississippi, where I had just returned from a junior […]

Stories from the Roller Coaster: Miscarriage

Excerpts from Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life) In celebration of the launch of my new book, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life),  I’ll be offering up some samples from the book. Check out previous excerpts, along with today’s sampling, “Miscarriage.” “Why We Clap” “Coach A” “South Carolina?” “Rising […]

50 Values Tournament: And the Winner Is…

#50Values Tournament Final Four Today is the final day of the Final Four of the #50Values Tournament that we started here on the Values Storying blog three weeks ago. We started with 50 commonly valued ethics and have been working our way toward this community’s most treasured value, the one my readers would most want […]

Stories from the Roller Coaster: Rising to the Top

from Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life) Check out today’s sampling from Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life) that I have titled “Rising to the Top” “Why We Clap” “Coach A” “South Carolina?” I’m often asked about #SMTTT, a hashtag associated with my alma mater, the University of Southern […]

50 Values Tournament: Final Four

#50Values Tournament Final Four Today is the start of the Final Four of the #50Values Tournament that we started here on the Values Storying blog three weeks ago. We started with 50 commonly valued ethics and have been working our way toward this community’s most treasured value, the one my readers would most want to […]

Stories from the Roller Coaster: South Carolina?

South Carolina? When I received my degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in May of 1989, I was still a couple of classes away from my full-fledged teaching certification that would allow me to teach and coach. I completed those classes during the summer and searched furiously for a school still looking for a […]

50 Values Tournament: Elite 8 Ethics

#50Values Tournament Elite 8 Ethics Today is the start of Round 3 of the #50 Values Tournament that we started here on the Values Storying blog two weeks ago. We started with 50 commonly valued ethics and have been working our way toward this community’s most treasured value, the one my readers would most want […]

Stories from the Roller Coaster: Coach A

Coach A Today’s sampling from the Stories from the Roller Coaster is titled “Coach A.” That’s what my players called me for the better part of my 13-year coaching career. People have asked me for years if I missed coaching, and I typically answered, “Not really.” Since reconnecting with the high school game three years […]