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Our Families Weight Loss: An Update

Wednesday, January 09, 2013      35 comments

I was chatting with a Spark friend yesterday and they said "Hey John, you haven't let us know how the family is doing in their weight loss journey in awhile." So I looked back and gee, golly gosh they were correct!!! The last time I posted an up... Read more

Wii, Wii, Wii All The Way Home

Monday, January 07, 2013      40 comments

Roughly, five years ago my daughters, at the time in their late teens begged for a Wii for Christmas. They told me how it would help them focus on exercising and they would save money on gym memberships, which they could put in their savings acc... Read more

Slaying The Dragon --- One Head at a Time: Excercise

Sunday, January 06, 2013      20 comments

At the start of the New Year, I wrote about going back to the future; taking a snap shot of the past and formulating some effective goals for the next year. As it is with you, my ultimate goal is health. The decision was made to eat this s... Read more

Facing The Music

Thursday, January 03, 2013      22 comments

‘Nothing happens until the pain of remaining the same, outweighs the pain of changing.” Arthur Burt. Despite conventional wisdom, to the contrary I love Facebook. If it weren’t for Facebook (and Spark) I wouldn’t know some amazing folks fro... Read more

It Starts With My Energy

Wednesday, January 02, 2013      15 comments

A young man went searching for the secrets of life. He traveled a great distance to sit at the feet of a wise and learned teacher. Each morning the teacher would greet him with a large bucket. He instructed the young man to walk down a path to a... Read more

Back To The Future ?

Monday, December 31, 2012      19 comments

I have decided it’s time to shake things up a bit. I’m looking forward to 2013 I am going to look back at 2012. I can feel some of you cringe in horror. Our whole society is aligned to look ahead. How many e-mails have you received in the past w... Read more

New Years Greeting (A Few Days Early)

Thursday, December 27, 2012      20 comments

I started reading a book Joan gave me for Christmas last night. (Give me a book as a present and I’ll follow you anywhere.) Written by Thich Nhat Hanh it is called Living Buddha, Living Christ. If you want to know more about the author, Google h... Read more

Experiencing Joy

Wednesday, December 26, 2012      22 comments

Last week I posted a blog about perfect joy. It was a story about St Francis and one his fellow travelers discussing what perfect joy might feel like. If you would like to see the whole exchange, you can read that blog at: http://www.sparkp... Read more

Why Jesus Came

Tuesday, December 25, 2012      15 comments

Many years ago, a pastor of ours, preached a Christmas sermon. In it he challenged us to allow the sweet baby Jesus to leave the manger and to grow into the man who’d saved us. He went on to say that many of us kept that Christmas tableau all ye... Read more

To My Friends

Monday, December 24, 2012      19 comments

Blessings to each of you this holiday season. However you choose to celebrate and honor this day I hope it not only meets but exceeds your expectations. If I began thanking each of you for all the wonderful gifts you give me each day of my life... Read more

No Matter What You Call It Addiction Is Still Addiction

Friday, December 21, 2012      25 comments

Some of us are hard wired to trade one excess for another. We struggle with emotional and compulsive eating, develop many bad habits, deal with chronic health conditions, and end up generally feeling unhappy and frustrated. We become activ... Read more

Perfect Joy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012      11 comments

This has been one of my favorite stories for many years. It's the story of Francis, Leo and the meaning of joy. It's mt gift to you this holiday season. Namaste dear ones. "One winter day St. Francis was coming to St. Mary of the Angels fr... Read more

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


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