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The Glue

Thursday, November 17, 2011      17 comments

Our son Paul gets up early every morning and works on math problems for thirty minutes before he goes to work. He says it helps keep his mind sharp. He doesn’t use a calculator, he works them long hand on a legal pad. I always know when I can r... Read more

Everyday People Sometimes Make The Biggest Impact

Tuesday, November 15, 2011      28 comments

Being a middle child is a challenge. You aren’t first, you are not last and some days unless you accomplish something really spectacular you are simply a face in the crowd. Oh, you are loved equally, attention is doled out to you equally, but I... Read more

Some People Seem To Make It Look Simple

Monday, November 14, 2011      17 comments

I'll give ya a heads up here. Because this month is a study in being thankful, my next five blogs are going to be about our children and what they teach me on a daily basis and how i mostly over look it. Katie Scarlet is twenty five. She... Read more

Just Thought I'd Share An Update With You

Sunday, November 13, 2011      14 comments

I received a text message early this morning from our son Tim. He's on his way home from Chicago and a beer tasting contest the microbrewery he works for competed in. It simply said "We didn't win. (We were robbed!!!) This was the best business ... Read more

I Don't Have To Look Far For Inspiration

Friday, November 11, 2011      22 comments

Our son Tim’s nickname is “Tails.” It’s an abbreviated version of “The Tail End.” He’s the youngest of six and one of his brothers dropped that moniker on him about ten years ago. Time will soon be twenty five and his lifelong ambition is to b... Read more

Who Do You Talk To At 6:00 AM?

Thursday, November 10, 2011      31 comments

I have been an early riser since I was a child. My mom says it’s because I was born at seven in the morning. My brother could sleep until midafternoon. I usually get up with the sun or shortly before hand. Because I am moderately obsessive/comp... Read more

But What Can I Do..........."

Wednesday, November 09, 2011      16 comments

In a word……… A Lot!!! (Ok that was two words.) You may be challenged by your situation or circumstance. Exercise may be painful or challenging and you sit there and you feel helpless and useless. You see yourself coming to the potluck of li... Read more

God In Action ...... A Meditation

Sunday, November 06, 2011      7 comments

In 1986 a good friend gave me a copy of a book titled God Calling. The book is authored by someone simply referred to as Two Listeners. My original copy is held together with tape and rubber bands and to be quite honest it rarely comes off the s... Read more

My Definition of Success, Well At Least One of Them (video blog)

Friday, November 04, 2011      6 comments

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Acceptance Versus Resignation

Thursday, November 03, 2011      12 comments

Right about the time I feel as if I’ve hit a stone wall, am walking around in a bit of a fog and generally clueless, God, His angels and His saints provide a clearing, a brief moment of insight that resembles a ray of sun piercing the darkness. ... Read more

One Mans Humor Is Another s Embarrassment

Monday, October 31, 2011      32 comments

I am starting to discover that there is true wisdom in a bumper sticker I have seen over the years. Maybe you’ve seen it too. It simply says “Live Long Enough To Be An Embarrassment To Your Children.” Late yesterday morning we were travelin... Read more

I'm A Real Live Boy and Cell Phones (video blog)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011      10 comments

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A Community of One

Monday, October 24, 2011      26 comments

I woke up this morning and it dawned on me that I have been part of Spark People for almost two years. I came here to lose weight. I'd tried everything else, I figured what the heck......... This WAS FREE!!! I lost a ton of weight, I hurt my leg... Read more

Looking For What's Right

Thursday, October 20, 2011      19 comments

The average salary in the National Basketball Association last year was 5.5 million dollars. Many made less, but many made more. Of the four major sports, baseball, basketball, football and hockey, basket all players are paid the most on avera... Read more

Ring, Ring........ "Who's On The Other End."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011      22 comments

Do you remember when you HAD to answer the telephone to reveal who was calling you? Do you remember those “old days?” I think it was only about twenty years ago. First came answering machines. Did you ever sit looking at your phone waiting... Read more


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