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Something is Missing in Our Lives

Posted by Thomas on January 12, 2011

“Something is missing in most of our lives. Part of what’s missing is purpose. Values. Worthwhile standards against which our lives can be measured…What’s missing also is a sense of relationship. People suffer in isolation from one another. In a world without purpose, without meaningful values, what have we to share but our emptiness, the needy fragments of our superficial selves. As a result, most of us scramble about hungrily seeking distraction, in music, in television, in people, in drugs…What most people need, then is a place of community that has purpose, order, and meaning.”

–Michael E. Gerber The E-Myth Revisited

Sounds more like a sermon than a business book.


When we take the time to engage our young people, helping them become the best they can be…we fill that missing part. Go ahead, mentor a boy in your circle or become part of an organized mentoring program. Go ahead, change the world…I dare you.


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Ascension Dinner Laundry List

Posted by Thomas on December 27, 2009

Laundry List of To-Do Items for

Rites of Passage

Ascension Dinner

I am horrible at planning, especially for parties and the like. I wish I could just hire an event planning company and have them take care of ALL the details for the Rites of Passage Ascension dinner. Alas, this event is on-the-cheap; so sweat equity (i.e., planning and executing) is a must.

As I considered the planning, executing, coordinating and all points in between I also thought of current and future readers. So, despite my utter ineptness in this facet of the Rites of Passage Program I figured it would be a good idea to share my laundry list of to-do items for the Ascension dinner.

Hopefully, as you plan your Rites of Passage program/event/dinner you’ll consider these things. I wrote it all down (trying hard not to overlook anything; often times the smallest oversight becomes the biggest deal during an event); but, I’m sure there is something missing. Use this list as a starting point for yourself. Take what is worthy; trash everything else. Enjoy—hope it helps!

Space 10 60 inch round tables; 10 table cloths; 100 white folding chairs; food buffet table
Audio Visual Microphone; Podium; Computer; Projector; Projector screen; Stereo; iPod; Set up of everything
Menu 2 meats; 2 starches; Salad; Salad dressing; Rolls; Veggies; Assorted soft drinks; Birthday cake
Hors d’oeuvres Cheese; Crackers; Swedish meatballs
Decorations Centerpieces; Balloons; Plastic-ware; Plates; Knives; Forks; Spoons; Cups; Napkins; Serving spoons
Misc Cooler; Ice; Aluminum foil; Aluminum pans; Sterno; Lighter
Breakdown/clean-up Garbage bags; Earliest time to enter building; Contact number of person with keys to building

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