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That Must Be How God Looks At Us....

Tuesday, March 19, 2013      29 comments

The steam room at my gym has a huge glass window to look out. Streaked with moisture you have to focus hard to make out the images and movements at times. Saturday I sat there alone, trying to turn three or four minutes into fifteen, stari... Read more

The Majesty of Gods Creation

Sunday, March 17, 2013      67 comments

It was balmy last night so I went to sit on the front porch. Joan had gone shopping with the girls and twilight was approaching. I closed my eyes and slowly drew in a deep breath and exhaled, then another and another. As my body relaxed my mind ... Read more

When Self Esteem is Over Rated

Friday, March 15, 2013      16 comments

I listened to a lecture one night last week about the prevalence of self-criticism in our society. I was prepared for the usual observations and advice: Positive affirmations, positive goal setting, creating self-perspectiveÖÖ I could go on but ... Read more

Day 3 Sorta Sucks.......... Just Sayin

Wednesday, March 13, 2013      32 comments

I recommitted myself on Monday for what seems like the umpteenth time in the past three years. I was full of energy and enthusiasm and raring to go Ė All the good stuff. I ate enough leafy greens and squishy yellows to last a millennium. I went ... Read more

Something To Hang Your Hat On

Tuesday, March 12, 2013      16 comments

I always smile a bit when I read your blog comments, especially the ones that say you draw inspiration from what I write. Donít get me wrong, Iím ever so grateful, but the smile comes from my knowledge that YOUR comments inspire me and cause me ... Read more

A Thousand Reasons.............

Monday, March 11, 2013      33 comments

Iím not what you call a Spark success story. You wonít find my picture gracing any ads or motivational articles. If I added up all the weight Iíve lost and gained back, I would have vanished from sight!!! Iíve been a member of this group s... Read more

"I Will Never Forget You....."

Friday, March 08, 2013      20 comments

Iím not one to complain but this has been a rough one. A year ago this week we kept vigil over my father as he passed from this life into the next. It will be one year tomorrow and itís amazing the stuff you recall. Stuff that hasnít hit y... Read more

Request For Prayer, Love and Healing Energy

Wednesday, March 06, 2013      42 comments

Last Thursday my sister Mary received a phone call from the assisted living facility my mother is at. The staff had observed my mom trying to head out the front door to go meet my dad for a "special day" as she put it. It was my moms 82 birthday... Read more

..... And No One Ever Names Their Kid Judas (video blog)

Friday, March 01, 2013      7 comments

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Finding Faith

Wednesday, February 27, 2013      15 comments

I am not a preacher. I do speak in public frequently and I have been on my feet for eight hours doing training and development work for days at a time. I do have some empathy with what Jesus felt after a long, hard day of preaching and teaching.... Read more

What Is It I Really Want (video blog)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013      14 comments

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A Monday Motivation

Monday, February 25, 2013      17 comments

I made my cup of tea, poured my cheerios into a bowl and picked up the morning paper. Joan and I woke up early this morning and went to the gym. I was feeling all revved up full of health and only a few minor aches and pains. I was on top of the... Read more

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


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