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Odds and Ends: Aspartame, Caffeine and Blue Agave Nectar

Friday, July 01, 2011      34 comments

It’s hard to believe that it will be close to two months since I had a diet soda. Mercifully I have entered that stage where I don’t even think about it. I can be in the same room with a bottle of diet Coke without allowing it to seduce me. I st... Read more

In The End........... I'm Responsible

Wednesday, June 29, 2011      32 comments

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of what I call the “hug factor.” It’s the part of the journey where you feel warm and safe. You feel the support of other people and in many respects you are on a natural and legitimate sort of high. You lose weight... Read more

What Keeps Me Moving Forward (Most Days LOL)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011      22 comments

No matter how battered and bruised I feel, no matter how gloomy things may seem I always cling to the strong and clear vision that I will be successful in creating a healthy life style for myself. I’ve found, quite by accident, that it “hope” t... Read more

Where Is Your Treasure?

Monday, June 27, 2011      15 comments

I did something last night I haven’t done in ages. I took a nice warm bath. Oh, I know its June, and its warm but I soaked there for a half hour or so just reading. I’m reading a book on wellness through balance in your life. One of the points t... Read more

The Power of Sharing

Saturday, June 25, 2011      11 comments

There is a simple yet powerful beauty that happens when we choose to share a part of ourselves with someone else and as we do so, we know there will never be any return to us other than the knowledge that we helped another. So strong is the powe... Read more

Getting Away For The Weekend

Friday, June 24, 2011      20 comments

Joan and I will be away all day today and tommrow at The International Bluegrass Association ROMP festival. Steve Martin performed last night and he was nothing short of amazing. Read more

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


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