One song on my iPod that I listen to often is one I downloaded several years ago, its lyrics striking me through several trials in my life. Perhaps this is why I was in such a reflective mood yesterday when hearing of David Bowie passed away. Under Pressure I suspect to be one of his best works.
You may think that debaters are trained to be hot-headed blowhards, but the exact opposite is true. Only untrained debaters are typical hot-heads in conversations. Everyone should think like a debater. Everyone. And I’m going to show you how.
We considered skipping this year’s Christmas letter. It was a difficult 2015 for my family, and something inside me felt as if a family letter should be “perfect.” Wendy told me to push through that resistance, thumb through our 2015 memories, and post the truth. I’m so glad she encouraged me so.
This was our Thanksgiving dinner. What a party! A full day celebration of food, family, and fun. If your day was half as awesome as ours, you’re certainly blessed.
Daughter: Why do you love this photo so much?
Me: Because it is exactly how I feel.
I suppose I would have fallen into the same popular opinion, soliciting the government to send Syrians back to their homeland. That seems to be the response to the Paris bombing and the current refugee crisis. But refusing these refugees would be a total reversal of American idealism and, worse, a huge fail of tremendous opportunity.
Comparison Sheet of the Three Main Speech and Debate Leagues
I know, the year has barely begun, but I’m already planning ahead for next year. I updated this important spreadsheet comparing NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa leagues. You may download a PDF or access the live document here. Enjoy!
If you have ever encounter a “crisis” pregnancy – as a young girl, as her boyfriend, or as a friend or relative who cares — you will find Wendy’s testimony very encouraging. She gave this speech at the annual fundraising banquet for the pregnancy center that counseled her 32 years ago.
My wife, Wendy, speaks tonight in Pine City, Minnesota, for the Pregnancy Resource Center’s yearly fundraising banquet. It is the center she received counsel when she was a 14-year-old pregnant girl. It’s not a past she likes to speak about, but it is quite the remarkable and encouraging story.