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April 17, 2019

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

- C.S. Lewis ,“Four Loves”.

May 1st will mark the 25th year of The May Club as countless friends accumulated throughout life join me in Key West for a week of fishing, scuba, sailing, snorkeling, and meals as frequent as those in The Odyssey.

Twenty-five years ago this tradition began in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico and we have since covered: the deserts of Utah, bayous of New Orleans, lakes of Arkansas, mountains of Colorado, rivers of Oklahoma, and beaches of Texas. 

When...

April 15, 2019

Maybe you watched with tears as the symbol of a faith and a nation burned today.  The 800 year old Notre Dame Cathedral is visited by more people in Paris than the Eiffel Tower each year.  It has stood as a symbol of faith and a guardian of the heart of Paris for centuries. 

Why are we so saddened at this moment?

Notre Dame is in the cradle of modern and ancient ideas.  She is located near where Julius Caesar defeated the Gauls.  The church is across the river where the first universities were built.  The church is next to the first building that ever provided free health care for the...

March 21, 2019

One would be tempted to shove one’s head in the sand due to the overwhelming amount of negative information received on a daily basis.  But this would be a cowardly act. Last weekend I spent time in G.K. Chesterton’s “The Catholic Church and Conversion”, a book from 1926 that offers hope for the faithful even in modern times.

If we disagree about the value of the Catholic Church, let us agree on one point; She has been consistent to her core beliefs for two millenniums, and her roots remain deep and strong in spite of human generated difficulties from within her own walls.  The enemies of the...

March 4, 2019

It was by chance I found myself again sitting with the ghost of Ernest Hemingway last week.  

After a beautiful day packrafting The Sturgeon River in the dead of winter, my friend Trevor suggested The Park City Grill.  When you walk inside the restaurant you enter via the bar, a two-hundred-year-old masterpiece made from a single piece of wood, and behind the bar, the original glass. An iconic photo of Hemingway looks down on the second seat from the entrance where he sat.  

I have chased Hemingway’s ghost around the world, sometimes intentionally, other times by an accident...

February 11, 2019

In our organization, each person in a leadership role has one main task; the task is to replicate.  This is no easy call to action. 


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
― Benjamin Franklin

We perceive, as you may also, one of the greatest exposures to our organization is the loss of key personnel.  As all of life remains unpredictable, each leader must have someone they are investing in to ensure continuity.  

The hardest task for the leader is to find the right individual to invest.  There is a risk in time spent developing a replacement...

February 4, 2019

"The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life,

but that it bothers him less and less." - Vaclav Havel (Letters to Olga - 1980)

My father’s death on February 5, 2018 sent me back on a journey. This time the journey was driven by grief.  It sent me back to the big questions:  Why am I here?  What is my purpose? Are we eternal?  What is important?  What is absolute?  This was the third time in my life I was willing to be fully open to various commentary on the big ideas as I want to know truth, not as it is comfortable to me, but as it is....

January 11, 2019

I have the good fortune to serve, follow and learn from the women of Alinsco Insurance.  These ladies have contributed to the creation, growth and development of our company with a combined 120 years of experience. Pictured below are the women that make up our leadership team in our United States office.  

Our COO Maria Cortez leads in our carrier and MGA operations, and after 20 years in our organization she guides a team of hundreds.  Her experience and knowledge are priceless.  Kelly Orr grew in our company to Claims Director and leads in a trinitarian structure over the MD f...

January 4, 2019

The modern employee is less concerned with the accomplishment of an objective“good” and more concerned with self-fulfillment in the short term.  This short-term fulfillment becomes defined as the good.  Ultimately, that which makes the employee happy is considered, “good”. Developing a company of selfless individuals is the responsibility of each of us.  We must define what is “good” and we must reflect in our actions what the process of achieving “good” looks like.  

“The complacent man is, in a manner of speaking, a slave to what pleases him, in the sense t...

December 31, 2018

 Edward King died at sea in 1637 when the ship he was aboard hit a rock off the coast of Wales.  His peer at Cambridge, John Milton and others were asked to eulogize the youth in poems.  King was known to be a creative poet himself.  Milton wrote, "Lycidas".  This poem is considered one of the greatest in the English language.  Milton is best known for his epic poem, Paradise Lost, and his prose such as, Areopagitica.  

At my father's funeral in February of this year I used Milton's poem, "Time".  I had committed the short poem to memory years ago.  I felt in...

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