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Well Dad.......... You Asked

Monday, November 26, 2012      29 comments

It all started when Tim walked in the door Thursday morning. You cut your hair!! Katie exclaimed. And you trimmed your beard. Im seeing someone on Saturday, he responded. You have a date? I asked. They all looked at me like Id said s... Read more

The Life That Remains

Wednesday, November 21, 2012      28 comments

Watching someone die is not romantic. Paint all the portraits of angels and Jesus welcoming you home with outstretched arms and a glowing smile you want, I've never met an... Read more

The Scale

Sunday, November 18, 2012      30 comments

That darned old scale!!! Just when we think we have it all figured out and we can predict its every movement, every bob and weave; from clear out of nowhere it throws a curve ball, high and tight. Sometimes we stand and stare at it, often with a... Read more

Stand Still

Thursday, November 15, 2012      21 comments

I heard Tara Brach read this poem the other day during her weekly podcast. It reminded me so much of the picture adjacent to it. Joans Uncle Bill would sit on that bench a... Read more

A Top 10 List

Tuesday, November 13, 2012      13 comments

The Top 10 things about time and space that most people seem to forget... 10. You chose to be here and you knew what you were doing. 9. There are no "tests" and you're not being judged. 8. Everyone's doing their best, with what they ... Read more

The River Of Our Lives

Sunday, November 11, 2012      16 comments

In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams." Acts 2:17 I have a reoccurring dream. I am standing on a river ban... Read more

Family Weight Loss Monthly Update: Sorry No Sensational or Catchy Title That Might Offend Someone

Saturday, November 10, 2012      24 comments

At the end of September I blogged about our family weight loss and how well we were all working together on getting healthy. At the time wed lost a combined weight of 60 pounds. My daughter Katie compared it to losing a small child. I blogged t... Read more

Only At McDonalds

Friday, November 09, 2012      27 comments

Every morning, Monday through Friday, being the dutiful and loving husband I have become, I sit at the McDonalds drive thru and order a large black coffee for Joan. On Saturday and Sunday she brews her own pot. I dont ask why. Its how Ive sta... Read more

We're Going To Be Okay, Really We Are

Tuesday, November 06, 2012      17 comments

It doesnt matter who wins the elections in the USA. Americas future is safe and sound. As long as we have bright, young, forward thinkers like Rachel Fitz Fitzpatrick we are going to be okay. I take the liberty of calling Rachel a good frien... Read more

The Coach Gets Coached

Wednesday, October 31, 2012      29 comments

My second swim lesson was Monday. The net result of my efforts was this slow sinking about half way across the pool. It seemed as if my arms, legs and breathing wouldn't sync which resulted in a lot of struggling. I got to the pool 30 minutes e... Read more

You Grind It Out

Sunday, October 28, 2012      22 comments

Sometimes its all you can do. You get on the scale and its moved in a positive manner but not as far and as quickly as youd 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 cant tell you we have anything... Read more

Fear Strikes Out

Wednesday, October 24, 2012      27 comments

Reasons why I Shouldnt Go To Swim Class Today Monday October 22 1. I hate new things, things I cant control 2. I do not trust the instructor 3. Im claustrophobic 4. Im 59, Ive 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


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