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A Morning Prayer

Monday, April 08, 2013      20 comments

I found Susannah Clifford Blachly quite be accident. I was working on a project and listening to Pandora Radio when the song A Morning Prayer began to play. I enjoyed it so well that I went to ITunes and purchased the entire album. I play ... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts If You Work Hard Enough & Have Faith Dreams DO Come True

Thursday, April 04, 2013      96 comments

That's me in February of 2011. I didnt know that was the last 5K I'd be running for awhile. In May of that year I began to experience lower back pain and through the s... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts How Creating New Rules Produced A Win or, lol, a 2.4 pound loss over Easter.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013      92 comments

I'm such a slave to tradition and really, sometimes, I'm not even aware of it myself. I'm talkin' bout' the "3 squares a day," or "the 5 mini meals." Conventional wisdom; I'm not slamming it at all, 99% of the time it gets me over the hump just ... Read more

A Most Precious Easter Gift

Sunday, March 31, 2013      21 comments

Amidst the Easter finery, smack dab in the middle of the pew, sat four year old Amy. I know her name because her mom kept saying, ďAmy sit still.Ē Amy is autistic. She speaks her own language and from what I observed has enough energy inside of ... Read more

If You Can See It, You Can Be It

Friday, March 29, 2013      15 comments

In 2006 I was asked to work with a group of managers in the transportation industry to help develop their leadership skills. I asked them to create the perfect transportation system. We didn't use flip charts, or white boards, There were no stic... Read more

Unfortunately It's True

Wednesday, March 27, 2013      21 comments

Nike posted an add this week featuring Tiger Woods. With Woods in the background it simply states "Winning Takes Care of Everything." Then the floodgates opened. You cant listen to a talking head this week without them putting on their moral ind... Read more

The Best Lunch I Ever Made.........

Monday, March 25, 2013      38 comments

Stir fry chicken and shrimp with mushrooms, sweet onion, scallion, red peppers and a side of quinoa. Total calories 375. I'm a good cook but I out did myself this tim... Read more

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


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