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Unsung Heroes

Thursday, December 08, 2011      12 comments

When you own the business you work Christmas Eve, especially when you are a “mom and pop.” It’s not really fair to your twenty something’s. Even though the sign screams “No Vacancy” there is always the random stranger who came home from college ... Read more

Wondering What It Takes: A Reflection

Wednesday, December 07, 2011      11 comments

I used to wonder how they did it. Those guys in the tailored suites and ladies in little black dresses standing at the buffet table laughing, talking and grazing on food that isn’t even in the remote vicinity of being healthy. I used to think i... Read more

The Gift of Time

Saturday, December 03, 2011      13 comments

It’s early on a Saturday morning. It’s cold and in many ways I’d rather be on the couch with a cup of green tea watching CNN. I’m not. I am dressed, showered and ready to go. You see this morning along with the local YMCA, Joan and I, as Owensbo... Read more

A Cautionary Tale

Wednesday, November 30, 2011      11 comments

This is a cautionary tale……………. I’d be stating the obvious if I told you the job market was tight. In a phrase it’s a “buyers’ market.” Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people are competing for a few positions. The marvels of job posting we... Read more

Small Acts of Kindness Often Mean The Most

Monday, November 28, 2011      13 comments

When Joan goes into work early on a Monday I’ll always shoot over to McDonalds and get her a cup of coffee after I drop her off. This morning the line was long, even for a Monday. People were impatient. Maybe it was the realization that for som... Read more

Remembering Mickey

Saturday, November 26, 2011      35 comments

I am not a cat person. I don’t dislike them or anything like that but I am more of a dog guy. Give me a dog to roll on the floor with or throw the ball with in the yard and I am good to go. Dogs are goofy and slobbery. Cats are sedate, dignified... Read more

A Community of Love. (It's Why We're Here)

Thursday, November 24, 2011      20 comments

You came because you were tired of being overweight or out of shape. Maybe it was those last ten pounds that separated you from a whole new world of clothes hopping. Maybe it was the because you were tired of needing oxygen when you walked up th... Read more

Sharing My Thankfullness

Monday, November 21, 2011      6 comments

Admit it, once you get through family, friends and health it’s really difficult to begin to find things to be thankful for. I know it is for me. I end up being thankful for wind, rain and snow. Yeah, I believe that, lol. I find myself trying to ... Read more

It's Not Always Easy Being First

Sunday, November 20, 2011      22 comments

My earliest memory of John Peter centers on the amazing capacity a four year old has to forgive someone. It was a Friday night in June. It was warm and getting warmer. Joan and I were in our first home. It had one large air conditioner in the ki... Read more

The Inspiration

Saturday, November 19, 2011      18 comments

When Matt was six, he walked into church with us one Sunday morning, made a direct line for our pastor, opened his coat and produced a lunch bag full of pennies. He stuck it forward, looked at out pastor solemnly and said “For the poor.” There w... Read more

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

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