thinkTANK — Much to be thankful for

For last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, I traveled over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house … a 10-minute drive across town. Family from across the state gathered for the tradition of a Thanksgiving spread, a morning of Black Friday shopping, college football rivalry weekend and Sunday morning service to cap off the festivities. …

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Stone by stone

I turned 39 earlier this month, and I got to mark the occasion in Colorado with family and one of my best friends. The trip also led to one of the wildest discoveries. Y’all, did you know there is a castle in Colorado? Sitting just off the highway about 30 minutes east of Westcliffe, Bishop …

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20 years and still here

I went to my 20-year high school reunion in Ocala last weekend, and I think I’m starting to have a better idea of what Baz Luhrmann was talking about in his “sunscreen song” written for a graduating high school class. The older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were …

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A Rocky Mountain high

You have to be a good bit nonsensical to hike down a canyon. Especially if you park your car at the top of the canyon.  But there I was last week, admiring the scenery as my horizon line got lower and lower, closer and closer. As the rate of descent increased and the trail turned …

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A note of gratitude

It’s been two years now since Johnathan McGinty and I first collaborated to launch Beyond the Trestle and 18 months since we formally formed the Trestle Collective. I’m happy to report we finally have business cards. Most everything people who have started businesses told me about starting a business has proven true. They told me …

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Take time to see where you are

This is my favorite time of year to take to the trail. Even as the weather gets colder and colder, I seem to log more miles in the woods in January than most of the other months.  There are a few reasons for that. For one, the cold weather keeps the crowds away from the …

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Getting a hand on success

The Atlanta Braves are once again playing for a World Series. The last time we had such an opportunity, I was just learning to drive.  This run surely doesn’t seem all that possible. After coming within a game of the World Series in 2020, it sure didn’t look like 2021 would be our year. After …

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Everyone loses now and then

Florida lost to Alabama on Saturday, just as most college football fans figured, but by fewer points than the handicappers in Las Vegas guessed.  Not that it matters. I am a Florida fan, and losing is always the pits. Losing to Alabama, arguably the greatest war machine ever developed in 150 years of college football, …

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