Child Labor or Virtuous Chores?


For the last month and a half my nine year old son has successfully maintained the laundry for our family of eight. I’m not going to focus on the philosophical aspects around why kids should do chores, though I strongly believe that for multiple reasons they should. For me it’s practical: it is impossible to […]

The Purple Heart Janitor

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Samuel “Mack” McFall. He’s a decorated war veteran. A Husband of fifty years. A fisherman who can’t eat seafood. Retired Master Sergeant Sam McFall, “Mack” as he’s known by many, has lived a life of challenge and reward. His three purple hearts make him a hero but Mack says his true reward comes from his extended family and the […]

The Pirate Deacon


Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD He’s a successful plastic surgeon and recently ordained Deacon… but he’s never finished high school. Born in Venezuela, his family immigrated to the States ending up in San Francisco where his father ran a liquor store business. Dr. Lappert learned the restaurant business, before dropping out of high school to live in a UPS truck […]

The Mountain Guide


Kurt is the founder of Sierra Mountaineering International. He has been a professional mountain guide since 1986 and has 100+ major expeditions to all 7 continents on his resume including three successful ascents of Mt. Everest in 1995, 2008 and 2012. He is also one of the few American mountaineer’s to climb Mt. Everest by […]