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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 weíd 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 donít ask why. Itís how Iíve sta... Read more

We're Going To Be Okay, Really We Are

Tuesday, November 06, 2012      17 comments

It doesnít matter who wins the elections in the USA. Americaís future is safe and sound. As long as we have bright, young, forward thinkers like Rachel ďFitzĒ 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 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


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