Tag Archives: Guest Column

  • Guest Column:
    Respect

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    Respect can mean a lot of things in a lot of different situations. As an athlete, respect comes into play in every aspect of a sport. Playing in a game or match, practicing, communicating with your teammates and coaches, all involve respect. Respect to me means that you treat everyone you come into contact with […]

  • Guest Column:
    Gratitude

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    I like smiles, and I even like smiling. But the truth is, I often don’t feel like smiling. Stress often squashes the smile. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard a superstar athlete say, “I’m just so blessed, I’m so thankful for everything.” And to be honest, I respond with some skepticism, “I’d […]

  • Guest Column:
    Integrity

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    As an airman in the Air Force I learned very quickly about integrity.  It is one of the Air Force’s core values.  “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do!”  It isn’t a slogan, it is an expectation.  This obviously stuck with me after 22 years serving as an airman.  Not because […]

  • Guest Column:
    Courage

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    I have been in the firefighting profession for 24 years. Currently, I am proud to serve at Station 3 in Liberty Lake with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. During my career people often comment on the courage it takes to be a firefighter. It is true that often firefighters exhibit tremendous acts of courage when […]

  • Guest Column: Trustworthiness

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    “You can trust me.” The line in every movie that when uttered raises eyebrows of suspicion. Trustworthiness is an elusive trait but is often at the top of the list of characteristics to describe your closest friends. It can take years of trials and tribulations to earn trust. Then in just a matter of seconds, […]

  • Guest Column: Diligence

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    I am at the tail-end of what can only be described as excruciating rehabilitation process. For those who do not know, I broke my ankle just 8 months ago and to think I would be able to return to play in such a short amount of time was seemingly only a wishful thought back then. […]

  • Guest Column:
    Honesty

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    Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. is said to have remarked about children: “Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by them.” So for the PACE February character trait of the month honesty guest column, the PACE board went straight to the experts… kindergartners. We asked PACE partner Tekoa School District […]

  • Guest Column:
    Caring for our Pets

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    The PACE character trait for December is caring. Have you ever thought about how much your pet cares for you? That unconditional love that gives us joy, amusement, and fond memories; those big eyes that stare while you eat your dinner. They have been there for us through the tough times; illness, loss, divorce, physical […]

  • Guest Column:
    Citizenship

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    Of all the PACE character traits, perhaps none engender more consternation, sanctimony, or passion than citizenship. Inherently subjective in nature, the concept itself has been bandied about and debated since the very dawn of the western democratic ideal amongst the sixth century BCE city-states of ancient Greece. From Solon to Pericles, from Socrates to Cicero, […]