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Every Time I Want To Give Up I..............

Saturday, December 15, 2012      22 comments

Remember our son John. He graduates from college today with his bachelors degree in science. He is "a computer geek." He wears that title proudly. He's also 37 going on 38. Four years ago he lost his job. The company he worked for closed th... Read more

Looking Ahead

Friday, December 14, 2012      14 comments

Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas I take some time to reflect on what I accomplished this past year and what I am looking forward to in the next year. I shut down the computers, turn off the cell phone and let everyone near and dear... Read more

Can We Take The Time To Become Someones Hope?

Sunday, December 09, 2012      19 comments

(If you are looking for warm and fuzzy, soft, uplifting and encouraging this day please stop reading. This blog is designed to make you (and me) very uncomfortable, introspective and finally moved to take some sort of action. I warned ya.) ... Read more

Pronoia: The Art of Making Life Better :)

Thursday, December 06, 2012      18 comments

We all have our morning rituals. Mine involves a bit of prayer, a bit of meditation and then I read from the revised and expanded “Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia” by Rob Brezsny. It’s one of those books you can sit on your lap, and page th... Read more

"Don't It Always Seem To Go, You Dont Know What You've Got Till It's Gone."

Monday, December 03, 2012      22 comments

It all started when I made the decision switch from peanut butter to cream cheese on my whole grain, low fat waffle. I made the move because, after all, cream cheese has less calories and peanut butter. A day later, I noticed a weird rash develo... Read more

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.” “I’m seeing someone on Saturday,” he responded. “You have a date?” I asked. They all looked at me like I’d 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 we’d 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 don’t ask why. It’s how I’ve sta... Read more

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

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