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Michael Staires
Milan, NY
I'm a pioneer. In search of the pioneer spirit that resides in all of us.
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Beginning this Friday, I'm making the big switch with my blog over to WordPress. Not only will the blog have a brand new design, look and feel, it'll be much more functional as well. It will be optimized much better... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at Michael Staires
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Can you tell what the above photo is? Sometimes we can be too close to really get a clear perspective. (thanks to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for the photo) In 1939, when John Steinbeck finished his classic, "The Grapes of Wrath,"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I just finished watching the last episode of The History Channel's "The Bible." (Yeah I know...I'm behind. I DVR'd it so I could watch it later!) I won't bore you with all my opinions of the series right now because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Michael Staires
Okay...if it wasn't official before, it's official now. Dove is the best at speaking to their audience in their language about the stuff the audience cares about. This video connects in a very powerful way. Yeah, it can be argued... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Michael Staires
Over the weekend I saw this video on You Tube. (thank you Roy Williams) Yeah, you guessed it. It's another one of those "surprise talent" videos. But this one is different. I promise. Watch and then we'll talk. (be aware... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I'm special. I'm unique. I was born unique and my uniqueness has continued to develop as I've grown older. Because I'm special and unique, God's plan for me is also special and unique. In fact, the plan is so special... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at Michael Staires
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My mom's name is Shirley...a fairly unique name as far as women's names go. Out of all the girls with different names, I just happened to marry a girl with the same unique name...Shirley. Over the years I've started calling... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Michael Staires
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It appears that Spring has finally arrived in the Hudson Valley. I just got back from a short trip into Rhinebeck. I passed a field where the farmer was plowing the ground (yes, there are farmers in New York). The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Michael Staires
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(This is without a doubt the hardest post I've ever written. but I'm convinced if this message will help someone else, it's worth the pain of putting it out there.) Several years ago I screwed up big time. Big time.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I've been curious lately about the word, "incognito." The dictionary defines the word as "having one's identity concealed under an assumed name; especially to avoid notice or formal attentions." When we're hurt or scared or scarred by a traumatic event,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I'm incredibly thankful this morning. Sitting on this front porch I just caught my first whiff of Spring 2013. I see someone down the street raking up dead leaves from his lawn. (If you look closely just to the right... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at Michael Staires
I'm traveling to Tulsa today. Heading home (and posting this from my mobile). This is the longest I've ever been away and I feel something like a swallow returning to Capistrano. Home. It's more than just a word describing the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Michael Staires
I'm traveling to Tulsa today. Heading home (and posting this from my mobile). This is the longest I've ever been away and I feel something like a swallow returning to Capistrano. Home. It's more than just a word describing the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I thought I'd share with you what I was honored to share with the Christian camping leaders I've been meeting with this week. This was Tuesday morning's devotion. Imagine you are in the bleachers ready to watch the 4 X... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I believe with all my heart that God is mystery or He is nothing. It's the unknown about Him that creates the wonder and awe that we are compelled to worship. I think we all know this on one level...so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Michael Staires
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This last week we rolled back to the top of our Core Values conversation at Taconic. Our number one core value is "Walk in Love." By it's very nature a core value is non-negotiable. Some things might be open for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at Michael Staires
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Or living not to lose? If you're a sports fan no doubt you've seen it before. In the last half of the game, your team changes their game plan. They switch strategies. Instead of playing to win - the very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Michael Staires
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It happens all the time. We're presented with an opportunity or a choice or a chance and we hesitate. We cover our hesitation with "study" or "prayer." But the fact is we hesitate because don't want to take the step.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Michael Staires
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Your heart pounds. You hear the roar and look around. You find yourself surrounded by an enormous cheering crowd in a huge Olympic stadium. You look down to see that you are not only in a big stadium, but you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2013 at Michael Staires
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Growing up in Oklahoma, I only got to go snow skiing once a year for a few days...and that's if I was lucky. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be able to ski every day of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2013 at Michael Staires
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Why don't we lead? We have the motive, we have the tools, we have the opportunity (sounds like a murder trial!) but time and time again, we allow the opportunities to influence others and make a difference simply slip away.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Michael Staires
These are uncertain times. We've heard this before. In fact, I'm not sure that there were ever times when people were saying, "These sure are certain times!" So, it seems to me that if you want to stand out from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I think one of the biggest traps we can fall into is the trap of WHY. Let me be clear...I've written in this blog before about the importance of asking the Why Question. Ask the Why question when you're considering... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Michael Staires
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I've been thinking quite a bit lately about that word, "Indispensable." Of course one of the first things I do when a word starts tickling my brain is to look it up in the dictionary. "Indispensable: Absolutely necessary, essential or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Michael Staires
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We all remember the movie Karate Kid (wow, was did it really come out in 1984?). In the first part of the story, Daniel goes to Mr. Miyagi to learn karate and instead of an immediate regimen of martial arts,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Michael Staires