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I Wonder

Thursday, December 29, 2011      10 comments

I wonder what it would be like to live my life with no strings attached. To see someone in need and to rush to their aid without weighing the consequences of how it might be perceived. Would it affect my career? Would my friends abandon me? ... Read more

Managing My Feelings

Wednesday, December 28, 2011      11 comments

I am blessed to have good friends. Whether they live up the road or on the other side of the globe they encourage me, poke and prod me, call me out when I need it and generally love and accept me just the way I am. I learn from them. There is ne... Read more

Ahhhhhhhh Those Dreaded Resolutions (video blog)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011      9 comments

Looking at change in a new light via Kathy Freston... Read more

Practicing The Basics

Thursday, December 22, 2011      11 comments

“…..But practice it in the quite small things, and then you will find you will do it easily, naturally, lovingly, trustingly, in the big things of life.” My dad has been in and out of the hospital since early September. He’s 88 and my mom i... Read more

My Two Year Anniversary: Thoughts and The Like

Monday, December 19, 2011      26 comments

It wasn’t until this morning that I realized I’d been part of Spark for two years. I knew it was in December, just not sure when. So I guess I need to write the obligatory look back/ look ahead and all that other neat stuff. I began this j... Read more

Sharing a Bit More Wisdom on Life (Not My Own, LOL)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011      11 comments

This is from the wisdom of Robert Fulgham Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at ... Read more

Looking For Answers In Our Lives, I Wanted To Share This With You

Tuesday, December 13, 2011      13 comments

A friend is struggling right now. Their world isn’t ending but one of my grandma’s always said “No problem is a small problem if it’s your problem.” They wrote me a long letter and half way through I was reminded of something I haven’t read in ... Read more

You Cant Argue With This Piece of Logic

Monday, December 12, 2011      11 comments

When I started my consulting service some ten years ago I made a commitment to devote a portion of my business to helping people who otherwise couldn’t afford my services. Mostly, I’ll write or revise resumes for college students when they get r... Read more

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

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