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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    Phillip Berry | Orient Yourself

  • U.S. Healthcare Has Lost It’s Center. Can We Re-Center It?
    “I’ll just go where insurance tells me to go.” So ended a recent conversation with my 84-year-old mother-in-law as she told us about her effort to get a brace prescribed for her by her physician and the requirement that she drive an hour to the correct point of access... Read more »
  • How Do We Make Each Other Strong?
    Strong is such a curious, multi-faceted word. A strong structure can weather the storm, withstand attack, or endure earthquakes. Strong people can also endure, withstand, or weather. Strength can be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. We speak of strength of character in facing struggles or temptation. One might be... Read more »
  • No Greater Love
    A curious bit of timing this year has the famous day of love, Valentine’s Day, superimposed upon Ash Wednesday, the start of the 40 day Season of Lent which culminates in the commemoration of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. On the surface, the holiday and the... Read more »
  • Considering Justice, Value, and Stewardship
    Today is Sunday, February 11, 2024. For those who follow such things, today is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes, the day little Bernadette Soubirous first encountered the “little lady” in a grotto at what is now Lourdes, France. Many years later, she would become St. Bernadette.... Read more »
  • We Belong to Each Other
    Is not life on earth a drudgery,its days like those of a hireling? Job 7:1 Drudgery. It’s really a depressingly tough word. The slog. The grind. The struggle. Drudgery evokes a sense of despair, a great sigh at the difficulty of simply moving forward. We all get it.... Read more »
  • It’s Now How You Start, But How You Finish
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre full of passionate intensity. from The Second Coming, William Butler Yeats But he knew what they... 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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