Good Morning 12-16-19

Michael Vick has done some pretty reprehensible things in his life. His involvement with dog fighting earned him a suspension from the NFL, a federal felony conviction, and an 18-month sentence in prison. This doesn’t begin to touch on the millions of dollars he lost in salary and endorsements. Well-deserved for sure. He not only financed a dog-fighting operation, he sponsored the site on his land, assisted in the torture-training of the dogs and even drowned dogs unsuitable or rendered unfit for fighting. He deserved everything he got. Recently Vick landed back in the news. An invitation from the NFL … Continue reading Good Morning 12-16-19

Good Morning 12-15-19

Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Peterson wrote a book last year titled “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos.” The rules are simple even if some are a bit odd: Stand up straight with your shoulders back Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping Make friends with people who want the best for you Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world Pursue what is meaningful … Continue reading Good Morning 12-15-19

Good Morning 12-13-19

I come from a long line of huggers and kissers. Our family has always been that way. It was with great surprise and more than a little discomfort, shortly after our marriage, that Steve and I went to spend the weekend in Sioux Falls with my family. The morning that we were to leave, the “departure committee” lined up and we had to walk the gauntlet of hugs and kisses. Kisses and hugs all down the line. It’s what we Rumbolz’ do. No matter what issues might be there, what argument might be brewing, regardless of whether we saw each … Continue reading Good Morning 12-13-19

Good Morning 12-12-19

Have you ever sat vigil with someone in the hospital? The incessant machines beep and blink, reporting on the health and vitality of the person you are sitting with. I’ve been there. It was just 20 years ago that I made a screaming trip across South Dakota when we received word that my mother was in the hospital due to a tear in her aortic arch. Emergency surgery was completed at the Rapid City hospital and I picked up my aunt, my mother’s sister and took off. We met my brother-in-law on the way to gather my sister who was … Continue reading Good Morning 12-12-19

Good Morning 12-11-19

It’s been a little more than a year since the nation was gripped by the brutal murder of James and Denise Closs in tiny Barron, Wisconsin and the disappearance of the couple’s thirteen year old daughter Jamie. Throughout the winter searches were done across the area. Clues were gathered, but the girl seemed to have vanished into thin air. Nearly three months later, a woman walking her dog in nearby Gordon, Wisconsin was approached by a thin, poorly dressed girl who she recognized immediately from the posters and billboards across the state. Jamie’s kidnapper, Jake Patterson, had kept the girl … Continue reading Good Morning 12-11-19

Good Morning 12-10-19

When I started teaching Individual Leadership at the bank, one of the lessons that hit closest to home was the one on the amygdala. The amygdala is an almond-shape set of neurons located deep in the brain’s medial temporal lobe. It has been shown to play a key role in how a person processes emotions. We talk about it in class in reference to what to do if you are hijacked by your amygdala in a situation. While we have a cerebral cortex, the thinking and processing part of our brain, the amygdala is the seat of our emotional responses … Continue reading Good Morning 12-10-19

Good Morning 12-9-19

We send messages all the time. We send them via email, text, snail mail, and voice mail. We also send messages using gestures and facial expressions. Ever gotten the “stink eye” from someone? This time of year we also send packages, well wishes, and others on errands. Lots to be done before the end of the year so while kids are making up wish lists to send to Santa, or Grandma and Grandpa, we are sending out year end greetings even as we send out payments for the bills that are rolling in. This week’s parashah is Vayishlach which means … Continue reading Good Morning 12-9-19

Good Morning 12-8-19

Michael Clark Jr.’s story came to my attention this weekend. Michael is a gregarious 5-year old who until very recently was simply a ward of the state living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He had bounced around in and out of foster homes for pretty much his whole life. Enter David Eaton and his wife, Andrea Melvin, who at 40 had no children of their own and decided the time was right to open their home to a foster child. They attended 36 hours of classes and went through the rigorous process for getting approved. Then they waited. Their first call … Continue reading Good Morning 12-8-19

Good Morning 12-6-19

One of the overriding themes in this week’s Torah portion is the relationship between Leah and Rachel. What seems to suck up all the focus is the tension between the two. Rachel was the one that Jacob loved and Leah was the older sister, foisted upon Jacob by her father. Once married, however, the tables seem to turn. Leah bears children easily while the barren Rachel continues to be the apple of Jacob’s eye. The question we must always ask ourselves when the meaning seems so obvious is whether there is something more. A marriage usually involves two kinds of … Continue reading Good Morning 12-6-19

Good Morning 12-5-19

It has been 30 years since we moved lock, stock, and barrel from Lennox, SD to Sioux Falls. It was in the middle of winter shortly after the move that I had to pick up Steve at the health club where he was finished working out. The roads had been alternately icy and slushy depending on the temps, but that afternoon was cold and they had iced up pretty good. As we got off the interstate and headed north on Western Avenue I had my eye trained on what I saw in the rearview mirror, a big sand truck that … Continue reading Good Morning 12-5-19