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Two years ago for Christmas we thought it would be a great lesson to our children if rather then indulge ourselves in Christmas gifts that we "adopt" a family and give our entire Christmas to a less fortunate family. Knowing that giving up Christmas gifts would be a challenge for everyone (especi...
12/13/2011
There was a time, not too many years ago, when we all hoped for the economy to get back to "normal".  A time when everyone seemed to be making money, housing could be had for everyone, and creditors would give you anything you asked for.  If there's one thing I've learned over the past few years ...
11/28/2011
Last week, Thursday at 4pm my cell phone rang.... it was my wife calling to deliver the news.  Did my 12-year old daughter, Kendall, make the middle school basketball team or not?  I dreaded answering the call.  I was bracing fo a "no", that would be followed by the broken heart and sobbings of m...
11/15/2011
Two months ago I realized (or maybe it was my gut in the mirror) that I was getting out of shape.  Was it the new job, being back in Texas and living on BBQ, or simply the fact that I've become lazy about exercise?  Probably a combination of everything.  I decided it was time to start running and...
11/03/2011
As many of you know, my oldest son plays football at Kingwood High School.  He's a sophomore and loving every moment of it. Yesterday he walked over to our office after football practice around 4:30pm stinking like only a 15-year old can.  It was so bad I had to tell him to go outside.  He said, ...
10/25/2011
Last month we launched a new program, "myFirstAm".  In a nutshell, First American has implemented a new system to process title and then did something amazing, they released and end-user version that mirrors our internal system.  Our clients can see the progress we're making on their files in rea...
10/13/2011
As we head into the slowing 4th quarter, many will lay down and give up.  Others will step up their efforts to win new business.  One way to build new business is by reaching out to prospects on the phone.  Yes, I'm talking about actual phone call conversations, not made through social media. An ...
10/07/2011
Last week I had a day in which three client appointments in a row told me nightmare stories about my competition.  When I bumped into a client at the end of the day, the stories were still ringing in my ear.  The client then made a comment about a particular competitor and then it happened, it ju...
10/03/2011
My eight year old's Sunday School teacher just couldn't resist letting us know how much fun Parker is to have in class.  She started the conversation by saying, "Parker always tells it how it is". The lesson on Sunday was on recognizing when there's a need and then helping out.  The teacher asked...
09/27/2011
You should have seen me during the years from 2004 to 2009.  I had an unbelievable body (the guy winning the race is me).  Before you delete this email and say, "Wow that guy is conceded", let me explain. Eight years ago I decided that it was time to get into shape.  One failed attempt after anot...
09/13/2011
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