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Keeping Myself Positive

Thursday, June 23, 2011      29 comments

When we were very young, around the ages of four or five, my mom and her sisters would visit my grandmother every Friday morning. They would sit around the kitchen table and talk while my cousins and I sat on the kitchen floor and played, or fou... Read more

Decisions and One Month Plus No Diet Soda

Tuesday, June 21, 2011      25 comments

Making the best decision is tough enough, no? It often involves wringing our hands, tossing and turning at night and uttering a quick prayer in the hopes that we made the correct one. Did you ever think about the impact of your decisions? Ever w... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Perfect Love Isn't Always Perfect

Monday, June 20, 2011      62 comments

She has a huge smile on her face as she walks up to me I the parking lot. Being five and being small she was having a hard time holding the card behind her back. She had this conspiratorial grin on her face as she looks back at her dad. With on... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Somewhere, Someone

Friday, June 17, 2011      42 comments

Maybe there are mornings you look out your kitchen or living room window and you begin to wonder if you ever make a difference somewhere………… anywhere. Somewhere there is someone who just joined Spark and is totally and completely overwhel... Read more

My "Thank You" Blog

Thursday, June 16, 2011      37 comments

So very many of you take time from your own busy day, your own challenges and struggles and your own journeys to support me on mine. Some of you I have known for a very long time. some of you I just met yesterday. My family knows who you are bec... Read more

Forgetting To Remember

Wednesday, June 15, 2011      30 comments

I had a bad workout yesterday. I dotted all the “I’s” and crossed all the “T’s” but I still walked away feeling uninspired and not very motivated. I walked to my locker and found that not only had someone walked in front of it and down the aisle... Read more

Living With Plateau's of My Own Creation

Sunday, June 12, 2011      27 comments

I read a story once about a teacher who was given a list of her students on the first day of class. Next to each student’s name was a three digit number. At the bottom of the page was the exhortation “CONDEFDENTIAL.” The teacher assumed these la... Read more

A Joyous Update

Friday, June 10, 2011      55 comments

Yesterday afternoon my friend Ron was comatose, non-responsive and his close friends and family had resigned themselves to the worst. He had been in a coma for slightly over a week and the doctors were not giving a good prognosis. I went t... Read more

Good Days Arent Always Measured By The Scale

Thursday, June 09, 2011      26 comments

When Lisa sat down at the table she was crying. Not the big tears, but the ones you needed a Kleenex for. She looked as if she’d been crying for a while. Lisa is one of my clients. I work with people in her situation who have a limited income or... Read more

Setting Intentions

Wednesday, June 08, 2011      21 comments

In the center of town stands a massive sassafras tree. I pass it each morning on my walk. It’s been there forever but I never really noticed until the other day. Beside it is one of those historical markers. I’d stopped to tie my shoe and I saw ... Read more

Finding Compassion

Tuesday, June 07, 2011      20 comments

I often reassure people by telling them “No problem is a small problem if it is your problem.” I believe it when I say it. Sometimes it’s very easy for me to sit back and look at another person’s issues or concerns and hear that tiny voice insid... Read more

Learning To Persevere

Monday, June 06, 2011      32 comments

One of my closest friends may be brain dead. My eighty seven year old father finds out today or tomorrow if he has bone cancer. My eighty year old mother may have a bowel obstruction. I am so stressed out that my legs and lower back scream with... Read more

Finding A Tough Goal

Sunday, June 05, 2011      21 comments

At the end of March I decided to set an activity goal of taking ten thousand steps a day. Since I’ve been using my BodyBugg it’s tracked automatically and I simply upload the information in my computer each evening. It’s ninety percent accurate.... Read more

An Update On My Friend

Saturday, June 04, 2011      28 comments

As of late yesterday my friend Ron was still in a coma and his wife told me he was not responding or communicating. The doctors are not sure how long his brain was deprived of oxygen. They are running EEG's every few hours to monitor his brain f... Read more

A Request For Prayer, Healing, Love and Energy

Friday, June 03, 2011      58 comments

Hi all A close friend of mine suffered a massive heart attack yesterday while training for his first 5K. Ron is 63 and is currently in critical but stable condition. He was running down a hill when he was afflicted and a neighbor found him ... Read more


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