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Mindful Meditation - A Reflection of Sorts

Thursday, February 21, 2013      14 comments

If I meditate any longer than ten minutes at a time my mind wanders far, far away and with each journey it becomes more difficult to pull it back into the present. Most of the time its exhorting me to get up and do SOMETHING, anything other than... Read more

How Little Changes Can Make Important Impacts

Wednesday, February 20, 2013      23 comments

Last week was a good week for me to practice mindfulness. My spiritual belief includes the practice of Lent. Joan and I sat down and talked about things we should and shouldnít do to make our lives fuller, richer and more in balance. We decided ... Read more

Which One Are You?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013      18 comments

I have a scenario that plays in my head. I am witnessing my birth. The doctors and nurses are shouting instructions; my mother is sweating and pushing. As I pass from darkness into light I start to see shapes and images. The doctor turns m... Read more

"Be Aware......"

Monday, February 18, 2013      16 comments

This morning during my meditation and devotional I was asked to share the following without comment. So I will "Be Aware of My Love. Be Aware of My Healing. Be Aware of my Forgiveness. My love can heal. My love can forgive." ... Read more

When Where We're Headed Isn't Where We Belong

Friday, February 15, 2013      17 comments

Every two weeks or so I load the trunk and take our newspapers and tin cans to the recycling station. DDís always bring their stuff over. This morning as I unloaded the trunk I was struck by all the messages screaming out at me from magazine cov... Read more

Pen Pals

Wednesday, February 13, 2013      17 comments

When I was 8 I had a pen pal in England. For the life of me I canít recall where he lived. I do remember that his name was Johnny. His mom had been my momís pen pal since the late 1930ís. I used to love to look at those special overseas air mail... Read more

High Noon

Tuesday, February 12, 2013      20 comments

DD Katie sent me a text message earlier today that read ďSally Smith, who works with Joan, was mean to mom. You need to unfriend her on Facebook.Ē A few minutes later I received another text message telling me to let everyone know that Sally Smi... Read more

The Other Side of Forgivness

Monday, February 11, 2013      29 comments

Dave and I had been friends for close to ten years. About five years ago, Dave went through some really dramatic changes in his life. I offered as much support as I could but Dave gradually slipped into a life style that was destructive and dang... Read more

Cereal Boxes

Tuesday, February 05, 2013      16 comments

I looked up from my bowl of Cheerio's and said to Joan; "When Dorothy (her mom) would buy a box of cereal did you guys fight over who would get to read the back of the box first. She said yes, especially if there was some sort of prize in the bo... Read more

And Faith Is The Most Difficult

Monday, February 04, 2013      14 comments

I sat in church yesterday morning and listened to that beautiful reading from Paul 1st Corinthians Chapter 13. Student of the bible or not you've heard it at weddings and saw it on numerous greeting cards. "Love is patient, love is kind...." it ... Read more

Sunday Morning Reflections and Revelations

Sunday, February 03, 2013      17 comments

Long before he became a country music legend, Kenny Rogers played in a rock band called The First Edition. One of their songs, ďTell It All Brother,Ē has a line within it thatís always haunted me. Simply put it says ďAnd in the dungeons of your... Read more

It's Not Your Fault

Saturday, February 02, 2013      15 comments

A dear Spark friend lost their job this past week. It wasn't anticipated. It came out of the clear blue and well, we've all had those moments in our lives where we sit their numbly and seem to move as if by rote. Like losing a partner or a child... Read more

But Will They Have Facebook Accounts?

Thursday, January 31, 2013      20 comments

This one has me scratching my head. The Smithsonian Zoo in Washington DC announced that it has purchased IPads for the orangutans it houses in its primate exhibit. It has to do with mental focus and boredom. Apparently this form of primate ... Read more

Isaiah 50:10-11

Wednesday, January 30, 2013      16 comments

Part of my overall wellness initiative for 2013 is to take time at the beginning of each day to meditate and reflect. Iíve found that when I donít my days seem more scattered and less focused. Iím inclined to succumb to impulsive eating and some... Read more


Saturday, January 26, 2013      16 comments

I learned a lesson at Wal-Mart this morning and it humbled me. I go grocery shopping with Joan and we have an understanding: I stay out of her way and she lets me go grocery shopping with her. Usually I wander the electronics aisle or sport... Read more

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