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"Turn And Face The Strange - Ch-Ch-Changes"

Wednesday, October 10, 2012      38 comments

The only thing we really control is how we react to the changes and circumstances in our lives. Im not sure when I heard that for the first time. I know it was a long time ago and it pops up in my head on a regular basis. In short, I co... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts We've Lost A Child --- It's A Good Thing!!!

Sunday, October 07, 2012      114 comments

I walked into the kitchen one afternoon in late August to find my wife and daughters sitting with their arms crossed. After close to forty years of marriage I smelled only one thing trouble for me. When Joan begins with Let me start by tellin... Read more

The 13th Apostle (video blog)

Friday, October 05, 2012      10 comments

A blog about me and you :)... Read more

Writing Our Story Part 2: The Wonder of You

Wednesday, October 03, 2012      20 comments

I was looking forward to catching up with a friend last night. It seemed like forever since we talked. I knew from the first hello that something wasnt right. Her boyfriend found himself in the unenviable position of not only losing one job but... Read more

Writing Our Story Part 1: The Here and Now

Tuesday, October 02, 2012      16 comments

I saw a cartoon the other day that pictured of an attorney talking on the telephone. The caption read, Im sorry mam I never heard of anyone suing a mirror manufacturer. Im not a huge fan of mirrors. They point out things Id rather not see.... Read more

October Goals

Monday, October 01, 2012      18 comments

Success can be vastly over rated. Mostly, its the day to day things, the often tedious and boring things that make the difference between us running around doing the happy dance or sitting with our head in our hands and wondering what happened... Read more

My September Goals ........... How Did I Do???

Sunday, September 30, 2012      23 comments

Its hard to believe September has already come and gone. Its time to account for my September health goals. I wrote a blog in early September where I told you, my dear friend and reader, that I was going to concentrate on three areas of improv... Read more

What If You're The Answer To Someones Prayers?

Thursday, September 27, 2012      20 comments

Weve been working with a young couple; helping to plan a banquet. They work for the facility hosting the banquet and in the last six weeks between meetings, phone calls and email, weve come to know them pretty well. She is an administrative c... Read more

Creating A Mindful Plan For Ourselves

Saturday, September 22, 2012      21 comments

Being overweight is not a punishment for some past transgression. Youre nodding your head in agreement but the first time there is a misstep the mind monkeys start making all those monkey noises and suddenly youre reliving the second grade w... Read more

The F Word

Thursday, September 20, 2012      22 comments

Did you know we are hard wired for survival? It goes back to primitive times when literally walking out your front door was a coin toss. Our bodies and minds adapted to those circumstances and as we evolved as human beings we were taught that su... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Diners, Drive-In's and Dives (With Apologies to the Food Network.)

Sunday, September 16, 2012      169 comments

It would be nice to plan for a perfect route when Im preparing for a trip. Thered be no detours or delays. Id arrive ahead of schedule and the road Id travelled would be smooth and pot hole free. Id only use one tank of gasoline and there w... Read more

Losing My Mind Monkeys, If Only For A Bit

Monday, September 10, 2012      33 comments

Yesterday my mind monkeys wouldnt let go. No matter how many bananas I tossed them they rode the edges of my brain whispering all sorts of negative mantras. You see, I had just stepped off the scale with ONLY (lol) a 2.2 pound loss. It certain... Read more

The Voice of God

Sunday, September 09, 2012      23 comments

As cats go Mickey wasnt with us very long. A little over five years after we rescued him he became listless and wouldnt eat. He spit up a lot. The vet gave him the once over and closed the door to the examining room. Ive seen that look before... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Breath of God

Saturday, September 08, 2012      239 comments

A strong cold front blew through late last night and so we were able to open the windows this morning for the first time in what seemed like months. I sat in my chair and began my morning meditation period. I try to take ten minutes each morning... Read more

It's The Little Things, Isn't it?

Thursday, September 06, 2012      20 comments

My journey towards health has included a really hard look at the things that upset my sense of balance and wholeness. Im sure you have them too and when we stop and look at them we discover they are the tiny and inconsequential issues, like a p... Read more


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