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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts To Sparkers Old and New

Wednesday, April 11, 2012      207 comments

I didn’t expect the response I received on my last blog about mentoring new Sparkers. Thank you all so much for your wisdom and your support. I had to chuckle when I woke up this morning and saw it had received A Most Popular Blog Award. A litt... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts It Was Just An Idea..............

Monday, April 09, 2012      258 comments

Yesterday morning, after breakfast, I was scrolling through my many Spark friends and I noticed a lot of them had not been active here at Spark for over a year in some cases. Their last status update almost read like a cry for help in many cases... Read more

Clarifying My April Excercise Goal

Wednesday, April 04, 2012      8 comments

Thanks for all who shared concern about my increase in exercise for April. My stated goal was 45 minutes per day and some of you, rightfully so, sorta said “Whoaaa.” (I am paraphrasing.) Let me clarify, lol. The forty five minutes a day I am sp... Read more

Which One Are We? (video blog)

Tuesday, April 03, 2012      7 comments

This was recorded yesterday, before the NCAA Championship game. BTW: I met all three of my goals yesterday... Read more

Starting Again: April Goals

Monday, April 02, 2012      25 comments

A week from today, my dad will have been gone a month. Between the funeral, a few trips to Wisconsin to get my mom resettled and dealing with my ever changing schedule, I woke up this morning wondering where the last month went. I sat at my de... Read more

How Commited Am I ? (video blog)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012      14 comments

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The Frustration of Chronic Pain or "Is There Anybody Out There?"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012      37 comments

I was always one of those “Thank goodness it wasn’t me” people. I watched friends and colleagues struggle with chronic pain issues and doctors who couldn’t quite place their hands on a diagnosis and would throw up their hands in frustration. I a... Read more

Common Sense

Monday, March 26, 2012      19 comments

A friend shared this with over the weekend and unfortunatley it rang true in a number of ways. I thought I'd pass it on An Obituary printed in the London Times.... Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense,... Read more


Tuesday, March 20, 2012      28 comments

It is hard for me to say this: My dad was disappointed in me. He let me know it on a regular basis. I wasn't my brother. I didn't achieve great honors, design important buildings or marry an attorney. My kids didn't all graduate at the top of th... Read more

Reflections On My Dads Passing

Thursday, March 15, 2012      37 comments

“It is a curious thing, the death of a loved one. We all know that our time in this world is limited, and that eventually all of us will end up underneath some sheet, never to wake up. And yet it is always a surprise when it happens to someone w... Read more

My Dad

Sunday, March 11, 2012      49 comments

Dad left us around 3:00 pm Friday afternoon. his passing was peaceful and dignified and represented how he had lived his life for close to 88 years. In the end congestive heart failure was his cause of death. His funeral will be Monday. I ... Read more


Saturday, March 03, 2012      8 comments

A friend sent this to me so I thought I'd share it with you... Read more

Storm Update and Odds and Ends.

Saturday, March 03, 2012      16 comments

First, and foremost, thanks to all of you who showed concern about the weather situation in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio yesterday. In 58 years of life I don't believe I have ever seen this violent of weather this early in the year. We had a lot ... Read more

Who Do You Trust?

Thursday, March 01, 2012      12 comments

You might want to start with yourself. If there is no basis or foundation to establish trust, how can you share it with someone else?" This is a the simple thought that greeted me when I opened my eyes this morning. If I deserve to be succe... Read more

Believing In Our Own Success: Lisa's Story

Wednesday, February 29, 2012      6 comments

Lisa had just graduated from college. Her dad was a client and a friend. He asked me to have lunch with her and give her some tips on finding a job. So there we sat, she with her resume and references and me chock-full of advice. It did not take... Read more

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