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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  • Ode to the Father
    God chooses ordinary men for fatherhood to accomplish his extraordinary plan. G.K. Chesterton My dad introduced me to an audience at a recent speaking engagement. Looking at him beam as he spoke, and then at my smiling mom who attended to “see me in action,” affirmed the truism... Read more »
  • To the Airport With a Side of Wisdom Please
    We meet on the common ground of an uncommon age and share out our gifts of dark and light, good and bad, simple joy and not so simple sorrow. Ray Bradbury “Ohhh, man, it’s early, you know what I’m sayin’?” So began my 30 minute chat with Sean,... Read more »
  • Secrets Hiding in Plain Sight: Life Along the Shore
    There is a something about the shoreline that is magical. The gritty give of sand and its unique texture against the soles of your feet hints at life’s uncertain flow, one moment solid and the next, shifting mysteriously as you try to stabilize. The infinite line of beach extending... Read more »
  • Peace Be With You, Now and Forever
    The bumper sticker read, “Peace is a practice.” The driver likely pasted the sticker on their vehicle as a statement about war but Sally and I agreed that the statement fell far short of capturing the essence, and power, of peace as a concept. One can’t really “practice” peace; it... Read more »
  • Beautiful Vocation: The Awesome Call of Motherhood
    Each poke, each pull, each tear that dripped, I could only smile at him and breathe. Madison Choiniere, Sickness and Stitches One of the great gifts, and great challenges, of grandparenthood is watching your own children’s parenthood. The soaring moments of profundity are only equaled by the difficulties... Read more »
  • Choosing How We Show Up for Life
    When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!... 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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