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You Grind It Out

Sunday, October 28, 2012      22 comments

Sometimes itís all you can do. You get on the scale and itís moved in a positive manner but not as far and as quickly as youíd like. You might grimace a bit. You look in the mirror and shake your head. Maybe there is a perceptible sigh. You get... Read more

A Mental Health Day

Thursday, October 25, 2012      26 comments

Do you recall Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol? The three ghosts who visited Scrooge? I felt a bit like one them this morning. Joan and I are taking a mental health day. We decided life is on hold for 24 hours. I canít tell you we have anything... Read more

Fear Strikes Out

Wednesday, October 24, 2012      27 comments

Reasons why I Shouldnít Go To Swim Class Today Ė Monday October 22 1. I hate new things, things I canít control 2. I do not trust the instructor 3. Iím claustrophobic 4. Iím 59, Iíve gotten by this far without really knowing how to sw... Read more

The Little But Oh So Important Things

Tuesday, October 23, 2012      17 comments

I have a lot of friends here at Spark. I'm not bragging just reflecting on how very fortunate I am to be able to sample life's buffet table from all different perspectives. From the very athletic to the beginners I can always find someone to get... Read more

Right Here, Right Now

Monday, October 22, 2012      21 comments

It's no fun being over weight. Whether its fifteen pounds or one hundred pounds we seem to have an internal radar that compares us to other people and I've found that shaky self confidence often goes hand in hand with obesity. We feel pressured ... Read more

There Is Less of Me To Love This Week and I Really Don't Mind

Saturday, October 20, 2012      17 comments

I lost 3.2 pounds this past week. Even I was surprised. I sat here for a few moments and tried to reach out and capture some pearl of wisdom to share with you that caused that type of loss. I apologize, I simply can't. I can't come up with anyth... Read more

Caught In The Act Part Two

Friday, October 19, 2012      23 comments

I try to limit my blogs to 500 words. I've found as a writer you obey the old adage "You tell someone what time it is, you don't tell them how to build a watch." It's the reason I wish we could all sit around a large virtual table, share a bever... Read more

Caught In The Act

Thursday, October 18, 2012      30 comments

I know what you are going to say before you say it. Intellectually I agree with you. I should keep a cadre of fresh fruits and veggies handy. I should phone a friend. Side Note: As long as Spark has been around I really wish they had a "ch... Read more

This Day Is For You

Wednesday, October 17, 2012      29 comments

Our friend Joe passed away early Monday morning. He was diagnosed with cancer in mid-August and went rather quickly. Like most people I get caught up in the day-to-day of life and dont give many valuable things a second thought. This blog isnt a... Read more

What, Me Worry? (With Apologies To Alfred E Newman)

Monday, October 15, 2012      27 comments

We're fortunate enough to live close to a small university. The buildings are the old weathered brick type and most are covered in ivy. We love walking our dogs through the campus. The university is almost two hundred years old and I could go o... Read more

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012      38 comments

ďThe only thing we really control is how we react to the changes and circumstances in our lives.Ē Iím 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 Ė trouble for me. When Joan begins with ďLet 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 wasnít 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, ďIím sorry mamí I never heard of anyone suing a mirror manufacturer.Ē Iím not a huge fan of mirrors. They point out things Iíd rather not see.... Read more

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