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Rejoining Toastmasters

Sometimes we are blessed in life by unusual circumstances. Or, to put it another way, we get lemonade when life hands us lemons. Such is my current reaffiliation with the Southlake Toastmasters of Southlake, Texas. According to its website, Toastmasters boasts 364,000 members from 145 countries around the world. Participating in Toastmasters helps develop and hone our organizational, leadership, and communication skills. I have been involved with the organization off and on since taking my first speech class in college many moons ago.

Southlake is a northern suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. Under normal conditions, they meet at 7:00 Monday mornings at the Southlake Town Hall. (Yes, I am very much a morning person!) When I relocated from Keller to Houston in early 2016 I had to discontinue my membership for about 285 logistical reasons. Now, due to gathering restrictions courtesy of COVID-19, Toastmaster clubs around the world have pivoted to virtual meeting formats. Not only does this allow me to rejoin the Southlake group I have missed so much, but it also facilitates visiting Clubs from all over the world! See? Lemonade!

Several years ago, I added a page called “Toastmaster Speeches” to this website. I was happy to log on this morning and update that page with the Icebreaker speech I offered this morning. Although COVID has forced much of normal life to be placed on hold, I am thankful for the technology that allows us all to remain connected to some extent. To be sure, virtual meetings have their limitations, but in these trying times the technology is a Godsend.

What are you doing to maintain normalcy as we fight this pandemic? Life is short. And we’ve got to keep living it.

Soli DEO Gloria!

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On Being Well Read

I attended a risk management conference last week, and one of my most important takeaways was the need to be more well-read. As a risk management professional, I seek to be more informed about news & current events, global business climate, and important business transactions among other things. Since returning home, this has been on my mind, and I have explored subscriptions to a few publications.

Yesterday morning, during my daily devotional time, the Lord offered up this reminder:

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This is what is most important: to be well-grounded. I must set my foundation on solid ground and let everything that I am be built on that. To be sure, I fully intend to subscribe to a few news and business publications. I want to be that informed, well-rounded individual. But my time in God’s Word comes first. It defines me. It sets the tone. The others will help me be well-rounded; God’s Word will help me be a better man as it keeps me well-grounded.

Soli DEO Gloria!

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The Peggy V. Helmerich Great Reading room in the Bizzell Memorial Library at the University of Oklahoma is nothing short of inspirational. Reeking of history, the room beckons one back in time to an age at which this 50-something man wished he could enroll himself! The notion that generations of students have read, studied, and learned here – and continue to do so today – is quite fascinating. I could have lingered for awhile, but alas, our tour must move on.

“The library is the temple of learning, and learning has liberated more people than all the wars in history.” ~ Carl T. Rowan via brainyquote.com

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