What You Do With What You Have

by Michael Holland -   My friend Brian build legs and arms for a living. At least, that’s how he helps me understand his profession as a prosthetist. Brian recently told me about one of his patients, an 87-year-old farmer who lost one of his arms in 1965.  At first, we talked about what the farmer [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

Buy Some Marbles to Slow Down

by Michael Holland -   As our kids hit momentous milestones in life, we often reflect on how fast they are growing up. They pass these milestones- your preschooler “graduating” at the end of the year; your middle school daughter going to the school dance; your 17-year-old son driving off for his first solo drive after [...]

By | June 6th, 2018|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Walking PhD Reading List – 2017

By Michael Holland      In pursuit of my self-described Christian Businessman PhD, I started on a quest in early 2010 to read 100 books to increase my knowledge, exposure and intellect.  I achieved the goal in late 2012.  I now continue to read 30 to 40 books per year. Below are the books I read [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Man-Up Moments|Comments Off on Walking PhD Reading List – 2017

The Problem With Forcing Our Lenses Onto Our Kids

By Michael Holland There are times as a father when I believe I'm being very open and un-controlling.   I express my concerns or thoughts and then leave it up to my kids to make the decisions they think best for themselves.  But there are subtle ways that we still control our kids, even if [...]

By | October 14th, 2017|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

Just a Dad Coaching From the Stands

By Michael Holland   There’s the old coach, sitting on the top row of the bleachers watching the game.  He smiles slightly, watching the players move gracefully across the field. He admires the intensity of the coaches as they offer quiet encouragement or bark out directives.  He remembers his early days on the sideline, and [...]

By | March 12th, 2017|Fathering Moments|2 Comments

Walking PhD Reading List – 2016

By Michael Holland      In pursuit of my self-described Christian Businessman PhD, I started on a quest in early 2010 to read 100 books to increase my knowledge, exposure and intellect.  I achieved the goal in late 2012.  I now continue to read 30 to 40 books per year. Below are the books I read [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Man-Up Moments|Comments Off on Walking PhD Reading List – 2016

Remembering Our Original Commitments

by Michael Holland      In our fast-track worlds, we all develop a priority system that helps us to make sure we are accomplishing as much as humanly possible.  The reality is that we’re actually over-committed most of the time, which results in us stealing a bit of time from here and a bit of [...]

By | October 28th, 2016|Fathering Moments|0 Comments

A 30 Mile Zip-line to the Lake

by Michael Holland      I hiked Cascade Mountain in the Adirondacks with some men recently on a drop-dead gorgeous day.   I'm sure we expelled a good bit of sweat to reach this mountain's bald summit, but the 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Adirondacks was certainly worth it.   To the east [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

When Men Walk that Very Fine Line

by Michael Holland Men are hurting.  We don't show it and we don't want to dwell on it because, well, we are men.  But some men are hurting more than others, and they are walking a very fine line.  While we don't know when a man is at this point, we do at times get [...]

By | April 8th, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments

Trending Well as a Man and Father

by Michael Holland     As my friend Jerry says, you can have a bad day or bad month or even a bad year,  but it’s pretty hard to have a bad 5 years.  And what is important in life is not individual days or months, but your trend line.  And the measure of your success [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Man-Up Moments|0 Comments