Founder of Northwind Pharmaceuticals, Crosswind Pharmacy, Northwind Electronics, and Cross Stone Creative. Blogger on leadership, adversity, personal growth, and the journey. Blessed to coach young athletes for 12 years. Board member. Business advisor. Husband of 26+ years. Father of four. Still figuring it out.

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  • Knowing When to Walk Away
    Click the arrow above to listen to this post. A version of this post was first shared in 2014, then expanded upon in my first book, Stones Across the River: The Path to Your Best Work in Your Peak Years. Whether considering customer deals, real estate purchases, investments, or investors,... Read more »
  • The Legacy of Our Fathers
    Click the arrow above to listen to this post. My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne.Hank Williams, Jr. A few years ago, one of our team members approached me to tell me she had met a person over the week-end who knew me. As we were... Read more »
  • On Being a Man: Remembering Ken Kaufman
    Click the arrow above to listen to this post If you can fill the unforgiving minute    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,       And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!Rudyard Kipling, If As time passes on, and I become more acquainted... Read more »
  • The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions
    Click the arrow above to listen to this post. Not so long ago, I was regaling Sally with a story from my day. Somewhere during this discourse, I described a word or action in the context of “my heart for it,” meaning that whatever I had said or did was... Read more »
  • Praying for Time
    It’s hard to loveThere’s so much to hateHanging on to hopeWhen there is no hope to speak ofAnd the wounded skies aboveSay it’s much too lateSo maybe we should all be praying for timeGeorge Michael, Praying for Time Why? Here we stand in the aftermath of another school shooting. Sadness.... Read more »
  • I Don’t Understand
    The lights dimmed and wrapped us in a cloak of dark, while air whooshing through the cabin distanced us from conversation or any discernible sound of movement. Passengers distracted themselves amid the glow of screens, retreating into those electronic cocoons bereft of thought or intention. Lost in my own cocoon,... Read more »


Now, at mid-career or beyond, you may be asking: “Have I reached my peak? Have I already done my best work?” However, a more important question is: “How do I do my best work in what are now my peak years?” The great news is that you have exactly what you need to answer that question. The journey toward your best version continues and it’s happening right now. Stones Across the River is about finding the path on that journey to your best work.

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