Thursday, September 19, 2013


Surely joy is the condition of life ~ Henry David Thoreau

I believe that joy is the condition of life. Everything we do should lead us to joy.

I achieved a leadership position at work pretty early, at the age of twenty. I couldn't believe the apathy and complaining of the older people I worked with, many of them old enough to be my parents.

Along the way, I've learned that this grumbling has many different roots. Nearly all those roots can be traced to the absence of joy.

About thirteen years ago, I woke up to the idea that vocation and career should be a joy to go to everyday, not a stressful, worrisome place to spend eight to ten hours. Since then I have been in pursuit of joyful work. For the most part, I've found it. I find it not only in my day job but also in my writing.

How are you pursuing joy on a day to day basis?


Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?

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