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School Closures, Coronavirus, and How to Take the First Steps Educating Your Kids at Home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2020 in Culture, Education | 0 comments

Your kids are home. You are home. You both need to get work done. What on earth does working and homeschooling look like?  Millions of American kids are, for the first time ever, being homeschooled. As it turns out, I happen to be married to a brilliant thought leader in the homeschooling world, Kelly Haanen, the director of the homeschool enrichment program at Ascent Classical Academy in Lone Tree, Colorado.  In this guest “post,” Kelly sent a note to parents of full-time K-12 students at Ascent classical academy, giving them tips about how to approach homeschooling for the first time.  If you find yourself trying to reorganize your daily...

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Work | 0 comments

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human We spend about a third of our waking lives at work. And yet, for the majority of people, work is not much more than a paycheck. We feel lonely, especially men. We feel like there’s a gap between our job responsibilities and our own potential. We often feel exhausted and question whether our work is making any meaningful difference. How might we reimagine what it means to be fully human in our working lives? Here are five aspects of what I think it means to be human, and, as a result, what I believe we need to focus on if we’re going to...

The Coronavirus Sabbath: 9 Things to Do When Everything Is Canceled

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Culture, Work | 1 comment

Everything is shutting down. Not just major league sports, but swim practices, rec centers, local libraries, and office buildings. And public schools. In my home state of Colorado, even public schools are shutting down for at least two weeks. This causes lots of problems. For instance, how are workers like barbers, mechanics, and home health care workers – those who can’t work from home – supposed to not only stay safe, but also care for kids who are home from school? Also, how long should employers hang on to employees in the midst of drastic short term revenue cuts? These are big questions that need answers. However, for a...

“The days are long, but the years are short.” How should I use my time in retirement?

Posted by on Mar 7, 2020 in retirement, Work | 0 comments

“Teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 “The first thing you have to know about retirement,” says Allan Spies, a 68-year-old retired US West executive, “is that you could live another 40 years.” Spies recalled a conversation he had with his pastor when he was on the cusp of an early retirement in his 50s. The pastor reminded Spies of all the time he had ahead of him As Spies started to spend his newfound time, he was also jarred by how much his schedule changed. “The other thing you’ve got to know,” he says, “is that suddenly your clock...

“I am not alone as I work in the world.”

Posted by on Mar 6, 2020 in business, Work | 0 comments

This is what one brave woman wrote in a post-event survey after Business for the Common Good, our annual business conference. I decided to post it here simply so I wouldn’t forget her insight and courage. “This was the perfect mix of addressing all different levels of how to follow Jesus by honoring him in our work. I loved that there was an emphasis on building a foundation of valuing our own mental health and bringing our shame to Christ. If we don’t allow God to reconcile ourselves – inside of us – it will be hard to bring kindness, patience, and lasting change to our neighbors, coworkers, and...

Craftsman with Character

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Craftsmanship & Manual Labor | 0 comments

Know somebody who works with their hands? Know somebody in the trades that you really admire? I came across this wonderful course created by Dave Hataj at Edgerton Gears, a company that makes gears. The course for high school students is called Craftsman with Character. I hope you’ll go and check it out…and maybe print off this poster for the aspiring craftsmen you...