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What If We Believed..........

Sunday, July 31, 2011      31 comments

What if we believed…………….. We were perfect just the way God made us We were loved unconditionally and without any expectation. We were loved simply because we were created. That we were wise That we had the capability in... Read more

More On My Back and Legs

Thursday, July 28, 2011      28 comments

My legs weren’t feeling any better, my attitude was in the toilet, I was able to do less and less and Joan gave me the option of either seeing another doctor or getting a good attorney!! Since my last visit to the doctor and the exhortation to r... Read more

You Never Know When Your Signature Might Be Valuable

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      24 comments

My wife, Joan, works in a bank. She hears anything and everything from the folks who pass through her line. Last night at dinner she told me a number of teachers had shared a startling fact with her: The school system would no longer be teaching... Read more

The Value of Balance

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      21 comments

It’s always the little things, isn’t it? I set a really good plan in place, make sure the “right” food is in the house, mark time off on my calendar to make sure I swim and do my stretches, and lo and behold, like a penny on a railroad track so... Read more

The Beauty of "Learning"

Monday, July 25, 2011      18 comments

Did you ever have one of those moments in your life where a thought comes crashing into your head and you wonder why you haven’t had it before? You ask yourself why you didn’t have the insight in the past to find this thought, and make it part o... Read more

When Honesty Becomes Something More Than A Word

Sunday, July 24, 2011      15 comments

I always know when someone’s insight made a direct and I might add, correct hit. In short, it stings and it makes me feel sort of silly. I haven’t blogged for close to a week. Most of that comes from preparing, traveling and conducting an eight... Read more

How Valuable Are You?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      37 comments

I have been preparing to teach a seminar I haven’t taught in a while. The class is a group of young managers who have shown potential to develop with their company and ultimately fill senior level positions. The first question I ask them is what... Read more

When You've Done Everything You Can Do..........

Monday, July 18, 2011      29 comments

I thought about Doug Murphy this morning. When I worked for Doug he wasn’t much older than I was. We were both “children of the sixties,” and for the most part we got along with one another quite well. That’s not what I’ll remember about Doug. ... Read more

Thank You For The Love and Support and a Bit of an Update

Friday, July 15, 2011      27 comments

I was overwhelmed in by all the love, support, encouragement and suggestions you sent my way yesterday. I started to respond to each of you individually and quite frankly got over whelmed by the responses. (I’m using over whelmed a lot, aren’t I... Read more

I Need A Bit Of Support

Thursday, July 14, 2011      81 comments

I don’t often find myself discouraged to the point that it affects my usually cheerful demeanor. Oh, I may complain and moan but inside of me I am eternally looking for the pony under the pile of manure. I am grateful and thankful for all I have... Read more

Two Small Words

Wednesday, July 13, 2011      23 comments

They’re probably among the first ten words we learn. They are so much a part of our language and routine that we often forget their intent and meaning. Saying them can change a dull day into sunny one. Forgetting to say them can cause someone to... Read more

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. It’s even easier to judge someone who has given up. Not that you or I ever give up. That’s 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, it’s quiet and I’m 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 “Louise 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


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