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Redefining Old

Friday, May 31, 2013      24 comments

I walked into the library yesterday and Leslie came up and said hello. A BFF of our son Tim, librarian and local news reporter, I've known her for close to ten years. She is, in a word, the quintessential "twenty-something." After an exchan... Read more

WhenWe Listen

Monday, May 27, 2013      22 comments

Saturday was picture perfect. The sun was shining, it was 73F, there was a slight breeze and my DGD and I held hands as we walked around the zoo. If I could have froze the moment I would have. I've gotten in the habit of pausing to thank G... Read more

Good Intentions Part 5,678,000

Friday, May 24, 2013      22 comments

I was leaving the grocery store just a few minutes ago when I saw a young mother with a basket laden with groceries, a baby in a car seat and a 4 year old with more energy than a nuclear power plant! The 4 year old, as cute as cute can be, was r... Read more

To Do, To Do, To Do - That's The Dilemma!

Friday, May 24, 2013      18 comments

It’s always good to hear from a Spark friend that hasn’t touched base in a while. So I was pleased the other day when an old and dear friend contacted me. What they asked caused me to stop and think. They said they’d been away from Spark for a b... Read more


Monday, May 20, 2013      10 comments

It was hot and muggy yesterday I flipped though the TV a few times and nothing seemed to hold my interest until I saw Jon Voigts face peering out at me from behind a long beard. Voigt, it seems was starring in the title role of Noah, you know th... Read more

10 Things

Wednesday, May 15, 2013      13 comments

The universe contacts me every morning via email to make sure I'm okay and to share a bit of wisdom with me. I thought I'd pass this mornings thoughts on. They seemed pretty cool to me. "The top 10 things people claim to have taken for ... Read more

We All Need A Fifth, We Really Do

Monday, May 13, 2013      16 comments

Many years ago a very wise person told me there are four people in your life you must be able to trust implicitly, no questions asked. They are your clergyman, your lawyer, your doctor and your accountant. I've been pretty lucky because I enjoy ... Read more

A Source of Joy and Inspiration

Thursday, May 09, 2013      26 comments

Can you imagine a better birthday present than reaching your goal weight? Can you imagine stepping on the scale and watching it register that magic number? Our DD Maggie experienced that on Tuesday - her 29th birthday. She had used the Weight Wa... Read more

A Good Start Can Assure A Good Finish

Monday, May 06, 2013      12 comments

I've shared Mark and Angel Hack Life with you guys before and this morning I'm going to share it with you again because it struck me the 8 practices they laid out in their blog are such a good companion piece to our journey towards health and ou... Read more


Sunday, May 05, 2013      11 comments

A few years ago an angel touched me. At my lowest, deepest despair, at a time when I couldn't take three steps without pain and my back remained stiff and painful a Spark friend who I hadn't known before and haven't found since sent me this link... Read more

A Quick Update

Friday, May 03, 2013      16 comments

Thanks to those who've inquire about my absence from Spark this week. I am doing just fine, thank-you-very-much!!! I am on a "wife mandated vacation," which means I was ordered to drop everything and take a week to relax. Mostly I've been w... Read more

"Never Doubt, Have No Fear...."

Friday, April 26, 2013      17 comments

In 1986 my pastor gave me a copy of a book entitled "God Calling," by Two Listeners. The original copy is falling apart and housed in a zip lock bag. Thank goodness for the internet because I get my daily dose via email each morning. I've ... Read more

"Thank You For What You've Taken Away From Me"

Wednesday, April 24, 2013      69 comments

I've developed a habit of waking up at 2:30 each morning. My eyes snap open and I'm clear and cognizant. It used to get me really upset. I'd fret and fume, toss and turn and wonder why it was I couldn't sleep through the night, you know, like no... Read more

Sometimes it Just Takes An Awfully Long Time to Realize Some Things

Thursday, April 18, 2013      27 comments

In July I will have been married to the same wonderful woman for 39 years. I have learned a lot from her and I discovered this morning I am still learning. In February the kids gave Joan a Keurig coffee maker for her birthday. It's the kin... Read more

Toxic Relationships

Wednesday, April 17, 2013      23 comments

My clients and my kids usually roll their eyes. They can count on me saying one indisputable truth: "You are who you hang around with." Healthy, balanced people seek other healthy balanced people and if you're struggling with all of that maybe i... Read more

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