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The Dawn of the Walkman

By Joe Cavanaugh, Founder & CEO

The year was 1979. I was working as a youth minister at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina, Minn. My job was to help lead 200 high school students on a week-long ski trip to Colorado. For the many adult volunteers who led these trips for years, the toughest part of the trip was always the 30-hour bus ride. By hour 14, we were close to going crazy. Boom box wars battled Led Zeppelin against ABBA. Hormones raged as teenage boys and girls tried to “snuggle” in their seats while we patrolled the aisles and tried our best to keep them apart. No one ever slept.READ MORE

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A Complete Waste of Time

One recent and particularly busy day, I came home late from work. I jumped out of my car – in my sport coat and dress pants – and rushed up the driveway. My daughter, Tess, was waiting in the front yard. When she saw me, she called out, “Dad, come here and lie on the grass with me.” I haven’t done that in years. I looked at my ironed pants, put down my briefcase and walked over to lie down the grass with Tess.READ MORE

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The Problem with Saying “Wait” When You Really Mean “No”

When I was growing up, I wanted my parents to let me have a dog. The standard response was, “Wait until next year.” What I think they really meant was, “Over my dead body.” They meant “no” but what they said was, “Wait.” I find myself doing this with Tess sometimes. She’ll want to watch “The Chronicles of Narnia” or “Frozen” for the third time in one day and I’ll say, “We’ll watch the movie later.” But, of course, what I really mean is “no.” READ MORE

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Fun Summer Activities for Your Family

As temperatures rise, it’s tempting to turn up the air conditioning and plop yourself in front of a fan and not do much else. However, summer is a great time to try some fun activities that allow you to spend some quality time with the family. In order to escape the heat, I enjoy spending time on one of our 10,000 lakes here in Minnesota with my wife and eight-year-old daughter. There are so many options for families with young children. Check out the list below for some of my colleague’s favorite ideas. READ MORE

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I am a Mediocre Parent… And so are you… And that’s ok.

Guest blog written by Sally Koering, Youth Frontiers Experiences Manager

At Thanksgiving this past year, my large family – including seven cousins to my three kiddos – got together to celebrate. I had the brilliant idea to have the kids write down what they were thankful for, and then we’d share them at dinner. (I’m so deep and thoughtful!) So, off the kids went and came back a few minutes later with their evidence of gratitude for all that is good and right in their lives.READ MORE

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A Road Trip with My Dad

When I was 10 years old, my dad took me on a business trip to Milwaukee – which is a long, six-hour drive from Minneapolis. When we arrived in Milwaukee, we checked into the landmark Pfister Hotel. It just so happened that the Baltimore Orioles were in town for a baseball game and were also staying at the Pfister. At the time, I was a baseball fanatic. I collected baseball cards (that I still have) and studied the box scores every chance I could get. The Orioles had won the World Series the previous year and, even though I was a Twins fan, it was a thrill to be among the best of the best.READ MORE

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