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We're Going To Be Okay, Really We Are

Tuesday, November 06, 2012      17 comments

It doesn’t matter who wins the elections in the USA. America’s 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 it’s all you can do. You get on the scale and it’s moved in a positive manner but not as far and as quickly as you’d 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 can’t tell you we have anything... Read more

Fear Strikes Out

Wednesday, October 24, 2012      27 comments

Reasons why I Shouldn’t Go To Swim Class Today – Monday October 22 1. I hate new things, things I can’t control 2. I do not trust the instructor 3. I’m claustrophobic 4. I’m 59, I’ve 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

“The only thing we really control is how we react to the changes and circumstances in our lives.” I’m 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


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