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Just The Way We Are

Monday, July 30, 2012      22 comments

I had just finished reading some really good insights from Sparker JENNKFIT about how advertisements (even the ones here at Spark.) are often misleading. JENNKFIT was writing about an advertisement which said you could get a bikini body before t... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts That Important First Step

Sunday, July 29, 2012      72 comments

I’ve had a busy week or so. Some days it seemed like I barely had time to catch my breath and then off it was to the next exciting experience. (Honestly, there were days I wished my life had not been so exciting!!!) So, to those of you who were ... Read more

The Sacrifice of Love

Friday, July 20, 2012      56 comments

The story goes that there was a ladder suspended in space and time from a thin rope. On the ladder were twelve people, eleven men and one woman. As the ladder twisted and creaked under their weight the rope began to break. The group decided tha... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts It's Easy To Do But We Often Forget Our Spritual Health

Tuesday, July 17, 2012      152 comments

Jesus called them “walking graves.” They say all the “right things.” Reverent platitudes roll off their tongues but when it comes time to put their faith to a test, to do what they tell you and I WE need to do, they scurry into the woodwork li... Read more

Who's Your Spark? (video blog)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012      16 comments

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Making A Commitment To Life

Friday, July 06, 2012      22 comments

Years ago, the motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar defined commitment this way "When you want to understand committing yourself to something look at a plate of bacon and eggs. The chicken made a contribution, the pig made a commitment." ... Read more

The Independence To.....

Wednesday, July 04, 2012      18 comments

She looked up at the sky, eyes wide with amazement and awe. I saw the joy only a young child has for the simple and truly awesome things of life. As I watched her it struck... Read more

Never Quit Pledge, Read, Agree, and Share With Those You Love

Saturday, June 30, 2012      16 comments

Never Quit Pledge Friday, June 29, 2012 Today, I promise I will not quit. I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for... Read more

This Is The Control Tower, Can You Read Me?

Thursday, June 28, 2012      21 comments

I’d been in a foul mood all week and it wasn’t getting better. Starting today our temperatures are supposed to be in the triple digits. We had planned to attend a three day blue grass festival starting this evening and now are plans are in a sta... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I Don't Complain THAT MUCH!!! (Do I?)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012      111 comments

I hung the phone up and smiled that smug little smile I have when I believe I am superior, not just to those around me, but to the entire universe. A friend had issued a challenge. He asked me to go an entire day, twenty four hours, without com... Read more

Unraveling The Mystery of Karma, A Tale of Subway and a Bible

Monday, June 25, 2012      39 comments

We spent the weekend helping our son and daughter-in-law prepare their new home; scrubbing walls and appliances, landscaping and a bit of painting. When we left yesterday afternoon it was all starting to come together. But our tale this morning ... Read more

It's Difficult Being Your Own Inspiration, Isnt It (video blog)

Friday, June 22, 2012      23 comments

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Learning To Live With Life's Hurdles

Monday, June 18, 2012      30 comments

Yesterday was the first Father’s Day I’d celebrated without my dad. He left us a little over three months ago and just about the time I was eking out a bit of a normal routine it dawned on me I was facing another hurdle in learning to live witho... Read more

Sometimes Good Things Take Forever; But They Are Worth The Wait

Tuesday, June 12, 2012      23 comments

I don’t read the newspaper very often. I’ll admit it makes me seem grossly uniformed, but if I’m looking to create negativity in my life I can do that without paying someone twenty dollars a month. In the past week our community has experienced ... Read more

To Stand Alone

Friday, June 08, 2012      28 comments

A few years ago when our son Paul was married I was asked to give the speech and toast at his rehearsal dinner. A number of options floated through my mind as I prepared and I decided to look back at my life with Joan and pull from the wisdom I... Read more


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