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Learning To Fail In A Positive Way and "Please John Quit Judging!" - Especially Yourself

Tuesday, July 12, 2011      15 comments

Sometimes giving up is easy. Itís even easier to judge someone who has given up. Not that you or I ever give up. Thatís for quitters, losers and the like. Excuse me while I put my smug hat on for just a bit, K? My daughter works with someon... Read more

Learning To Forgive

Monday, July 11, 2011      15 comments

I usually do my Sparking early in the morning. I have the house to myself, itís quiet and Iím in no big hurry. Yesterday morning as I huddled with one of my teams I noticed a blog title over to the left side of the page. It was titled ďLouise Ha... Read more

Using My Talent's (video blog)

Sunday, July 10, 2011      10 comments

How much time do I spend focusing on using my talent to make this a better place to live?... Read more

The Philosophy of My Flower Bed

Friday, July 08, 2011      21 comments

We have a long narrow flower bed that wraps around one corner of our privacy fence. For whatever reason, every weed known to man has decided to root in it. Yesterday morning I decided it was time to clear the bed out, once and for all. I p... Read more

Finding The Promised Land

Wednesday, July 06, 2011      21 comments

Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt on a forty year journey to the Promised Land. I found out recently that entire journey, the one that took over forty years to complete should have only taken three month by foot. Instead, Moses, the ro... Read more

Oh My Gosh, I'm Walking On Water

Tuesday, July 05, 2011      31 comments

One of my favorite Bible passages has to do with the apostle Peter walking on water or shall I say failing to walk on water. The story goes that after a long day of preaching, teaching and answering questions, Jesus went off by himself to pray a... Read more

Odds and Ends: Aspartame, Caffeine and Blue Agave Nectar

Friday, July 01, 2011      34 comments

Itís 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 donít 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 itís hard to let go of what I call the ďhug factor.Ē Itís 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. Iíve found, quite by accident, that it ďhopeĒ t... Read more

Where Is Your Treasure?

Monday, June 27, 2011      15 comments

I did something last night I havenít 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. Iím 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


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