How playing Dungeons and Dragons improves child interactions.

Blending the tabletop role playing game Dungeons and Dragons into strong and positive education for children Parents possess so many opportunities for their children to be successful. As you search for activities for your child this summer, consider getting them involved in Dungeons and Dragons. Let me share three values of playing this well-established tabletop role playing game.  What is tabletop role playing? One of the questions I am asked when talking about Dungeons and Dragons is “what kind of video game is it?” Most people imagine children glued to a screen and nothing could be further from the truth! … Continue reading How playing Dungeons and Dragons improves child interactions.

Learning from Dungeons and Dragons III

A heavy winter rain began to fall as the travelers plowed through the muddy street. In this small village of peasants and farmers, the people toiled daily and the weariness flowed through every interaction. The town mayor, a humble looking man in his forties, hailed from the tavern, welcoming them into the dry and warm community center. After warming themselves between the keg tap and the hearth, the mayor spoke quietly. “It all started last year, slowly, but I remember, one of our farmers reported missing livestock, not just small goats, but even his cattle. In this village, even the smallest … Continue reading Learning from Dungeons and Dragons III

Life Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons Part II

The mist began to effortlessly rise from the ground as the darkness swelled into light. Soft sounds of birds and woodland creatures stirred in the traveler’s minds as they took turns waking from their exhausted night in the forest glen. … Continue reading Life Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons Part II

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Life lessons from playing Dungeons and Dragons

[Or more about how we are story formed] Maybe you have seen the 20 sided dice show up in pop culture lately, or heard the name of the world’s best role playing game. I don’t know about you, but most … Continue reading Life lessons from playing Dungeons and Dragons

The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership

Source: The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership my favorite pillar is number 4: groundedness. I think great leaders realize that they are made of more than leadership. They hold value in more than what they lead. Groundedness means balance in life. Being a good dad, good husband, good neighbors and caretakers, good tenants, good shoppers and so on. A good leader understands we are more than 8 hours we put into work. We have all been somewhere, are going somewhere and we are here. Continue reading The 5 Pillars of Authentic Leadership

Obscurity 

In the name of obscurity this week, I’m sharing a few thoughts and quotes I have about this topic.  “If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to disappear for a while” “Two things comfort me; knowing that I matter, and knowing that I am completely insignificant and disposable to the world” “Welcome small beginnings, for even God arrived as a baby” “A seed begins in darkness where no one sees and no one knows. Yet it is the beginning of life and without this necessary and obscure time, apparent growth and glory would not be attained.” … Continue reading Obscurity 

Stands with a Fist

Welcome to my first guest blogger, my wife Ellen. Enjoy her thoughts! I may not be the best writer but I want to be an honest writer specially when conveying my thoughts on a particular topic that is dear to my heart. My hope is that this is a testament to how marriage can work even when things are stacked against you. When my husband and I started dating, we dated for merely two weeks and then decided to get married and then was engaged for six months and then married. After we were married for a couple of years, … Continue reading Stands with a Fist

Murky waters

I hope you have had the experience of fishing for Crayfish, also known as crawfish, crawdads, freshwater lobsters, mountain lobsters, or mudbugs. If not, then know that it’s a wonderful experience, especially with little ones rooting for you to fight away the pinchers and collect the prize. The hunt all started with my family stream walking, dipping our feet in a cool riverbed in the middle of summer. It wasn’t long before I sensed some curious pinches grasping for my toes. Soon, all of the kids were gathered around the shore to spot the little monster lobsters darting around underneath the glassy … Continue reading Murky waters

Why you need a Mr. Rogers in your life. 

Have you heard of Mr. Roger’s neighborhood? Was he your neighbor? Do you remember him, his zip up and zip down sweater routine, the way he crossed one leg over the other as he politely removed his shoes? Do you remember the way he uttered, “feed the fish” and then I knew as a child, exactly how much fish food to pinch because I saw him do it.  Do you remember him telling you that thunderstorms gave you no reason to be afraid? I remember trusting his word because he never gave me a reason to doubt him. He said what … Continue reading Why you need a Mr. Rogers in your life. 

Seasons

Photo cred: Calie Garret Lately I have been thinking a lot about seasons and their purpose. When we talk about seasons, we refer to the leaves blooming flowers, changing color, and falling off, leaving their home to rest into the dirt beneath.  Really, it’s the cycle that we are taking about. There are a lot of effective ways to communicate life using circles. One of my favorite is the circle of continuous breakthrough referenced in Mike Breen’s book Choosing to Learn from Life  What I like about this model is that we can learn from our moments, in almost a post game … Continue reading Seasons