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Hard Working Guy at My Favorite Place

Over the years I have talked about my favorite place time and time again on this blog — it is the campground I went to as a child with dear friensd and family. But rather than let ourselves outgrow it, my family has grown it into a place we also use as home-base for our […]

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Looking Back on 2017 while Looking Forward to 2018

A couple of years ago, my cousin Jon-Eric shared that he makes a memory jar each year by jotting down notes and placing them in a jar. It’s a chance to capture the positive things — small moments alongside the big ones. Evenings pent laughing with friends over a burger or a chance venture to […]

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Thinking Back to the Earliest Days of My Career & My Mentor

Seeing this business card recently while I was cleaning house, I was immediately compelled to write & share: It has been slightly less than a million years since I handed anyone a business card with this logo on it. Yet, when I saw it in the corner of a drawer, I flashed back to the […]

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Human Foosball Makes for an Awesome Family Game Night

By this point, I think my family Thanksgivings have become legendary. My extended family gets together every other year and we go big — big fun is a key piece of it every time. At the last one, we played our first games of human foosball and human hungry hungry hippos. And I have to […]

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It’s Been a Long Time Coming — JPlovesCOTTON Has a Logo!

Sometimes I still shake my head in disbelief that my coming up with something to uses on Twitter, has stuck with me as a personal brand of sorts. But once JPlovesCOTTON started to stick, I embraced it, have even purposefully encouraged it. That takes a new step now. If you are seeing this in your […]

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Learning About Bees & Conquering Fear (Video)

Lots of people are afraid of something and others just don’t get it. I have always been afraid, even terrified of bees. Growing up, I always heard that if dad got stung, we had to take him to the hospital, so when I got stung by honey bees and started swelling up like crazy, I […]

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Sometimes Father’s Day Means Memories Instead of Presents

I’m feeling pretty reflective this weekend with Father’s Day. There are a few reasons for it. One of the big ones I shared briefly on Instagram and will talk about more soon on the blog is our shared allergy to bee stings. The constant barrage of emails and ads trying to get me to buy […]

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What Education Needs is More Thought, Less Stress

The educational system is really in some bad places and for all the talk I hear from politicians, I haven’t heard many things that make me feel like we are getting on a better path. I really think all of us have a role in improving education — some of us directly impact the education […]

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