Traveling Your Own Path

Elena Delle Donne is a WNBA player for the Washington Mystics. She has quite a resume. She was the WNBA MVP in 2015 and is a multiple year all-star. She led her team to the NBA Finals this year. She also earned a gold medal playing for the 2016 USA squad. Coming out of high school, Elena was the top-ranked …

Main Lesson from Kavanaugh Hearings – Partisanship Makes us Feel Righteous

On July 9, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He was on a short list of judges to be considered for the highest court in the land. Kavanaugh is recognized as a conservative jurist (not politically but how one applies the constitution to cases). Immediately, Republicans loved him and Democrats opposed his nomination. When the confirmation …

A Role Model and an Inspiration!

Before Ariel Puent was born, she developed a rare condition in the womb.  This condition is called Amniotic Band Syndrome, and it cut off blood flow to her arm. She was born with an abbreviated arm, ending just where you would expect to see an elbow. However, Ariel says, “I wasn’t born with a disability, but rather a gift.” As a …

“I Didn’t Think About the Consequences”

Several teenagers went to the local bridge at Moulton Falls, just outside their hometown of Vancouver, Washington. Some teenagers choose to jump off the 60 foot bridge into the water below. On this August day, several of her friends had already jumped. Jordan Holgerson stood on the exposed edge of the bridge. She was caught between wanting to jump and …

Serena Williams – Poor Sport or Class Act?

Serena Williams played Naomi Osaka in the final round of the U.S. Open for the opportunity to become the Women’s Singles 2018 Champion. To win, the victor has to win two out of three sets. Osaka won the opening set, 6-2 and was up a break in the second set. At this point, the umpire provided Serena a warning for …

Senator McCain’s Last Words

Senator John McCain died last week. Make no mistake about it, McCain was an American hero. He served in the Navy as a pilot and his plane was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War. During his landing, he broke both arms and a leg, almost drowning in a lake. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and was …

The Role of Leaders in Domestic Violence Cases

Head football coach, Urban Meyer has been suspended by Ohio State University for three games without pay. The athletic director was also suspended for a similar length of time. This is the outcome of an in-depth investigation to understand the domestic violence issues of a former assistant coach, Zach Brown and his estranged wife. It is alleged that Zach Brown …

Welcome Blog 2018

If you are reading this in Arizona or Louisiana, you have been back in school for 2 weeks, but if you are in New York or Michigan, you still have two more weeks before you return to school. Either way, I want to welcome you to this class.  Below you can tell me your thoughts on the class so far. …

Japan Players and Fans Show Respect in Defeat

In a World Cup Soccer (football to the rest of the world) game, there are approximately 90 minutes. At the end of 68 minutes, Japan was handily beating Belgium, 2-0. Belgium fought back, scoring two quick goals. With seconds remaining, Belgium scored the game winner. Belgium advanced to the semi-finals of the World Cup. Needless to say, Japan was devastated. …

Young Entrepreneurs “Nailed It” with their Business

Six siblings from Washington D.C. started a company called Jr. Flips. They flip older houses and remodel them. This helps the community and it also puts money in their wallets. On their first two homes, they made more than $250,000. They have moved on to their third house now.  The youngest girl, Alianna, age 8, said, “We are not like …