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JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No”

JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No” Episode 25: The Power of “No” After a very long hiatus I’m back… This video podcast is based on a presentation I gave on August 5th, 2018 at Sunday Assembly Las Vegas about living more intentionally and making choices based on the things that are most important to ones self. With that in mind I’m hoping … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thoughts Episode 25: The Power of “No”

Mentoring and Learning the Wrong Lessons

From my Masters studies at Pepperdine University, comes this tidbit of my own mentor-deficient journey. Spring. 2002 I can’t believe how my brother betrayed me. There he was, just rambling on, completely oblivious to the betrayal. I can’t believe he’d forgotten the vows we’d made during those numberless sweaty Saturdays out in the backyard under the heartless afternoon sun as our father rained down on … Continue reading Mentoring and Learning the Wrong Lessons

The Lesson of Community

When I was driving down to San Diego last Thursday (for Thanksgiving with the folks) the thought struck me about a time when my then-wife and I considered moving to San Diego because I was thinking about going to a Presbyterian seminary near Encinitas. That was a lifetime ago. I remember at the time how I was trying to figure out how I could get … Continue reading The Lesson of Community

Returning to the Scene of the Crime

After church this morning …. (I’ll let that thought sink in for a moment) I called my love’s work number and left her a voice message wishing her a happy sunday, telling her that I’m in Orange County doing something that I haven’t done in 18-years (without actually telling her that I’ve gone to my old church, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Orange) and telling her … Continue reading Returning to the Scene of the Crime

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 2: Is Mentoring for You?

The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Sharing Resources (p21) Work: I have the benefit of having been a classroom teacher before becoming the lab teacher, I had the benefit of working with technology before becoming a teacher. In the latter I wasn’t constrained to do things “the way they’ve always been done” … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 2: Is Mentoring for You?

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 1: Mentoring as an Art

The following notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Have You Been Mentored? (p4) 1. “Aha” experience: Biblestudy leader, Greg, when I was 15-years-old, that moment affected the next 15-years of my life. His role, however, was as a “fleeting catalyst” in that it was more the moment that changed the course of history for me … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea – Part 1: Mentoring as an Art

OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea

Personal Mentoring Reflections: The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Pivotal times and the person(s) who played a part, hmmmm, I know that Shea said that one shouldn’t think about external events. Here’s a run-down on the cast of characters (as best as I can currently remember, and this is without doing any … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – Monitoring by Gordon Shea

OMAET Book Notes – The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith

Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Visions The following are notes that I wrote as part of a class assignment for a class in Mentoring. Enjoy. Preface: “The fact that making an effort is an inefficient way to learn—and an almost certain way to forget—comes as a surprise to many people. They have been taught that learning demands hard work, serious motivation, and focused concentration. … Continue reading OMAET Book Notes – The Book of Learning and Forgetting by Frank Smith