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Thoughts On Fathers Day

Sunday, June 16, 2013      21 comments

I woke up to a quiet house. That seems to be the way things are now. They’re grown and scattered. A few of them are asleep in the living room. Matt and our granddaughter Ava stayed in Louisville. Today is dad’s day at the zoo, a tradition began ... Read more

A Thank You, A Clarification of Sorts, and Something to Share

Friday, June 14, 2013      56 comments

Thanks to all of you for the love, support and insight on my past few blogs. Trust me I can feel the love. So I say to each of you "Namaste." I want to clarify something. While that convenience store attendant hurt me with her words, I shar... Read more

Words That Hurt Part 2

Thursday, June 13, 2013      47 comments

We have a small convenience store close to our home. It has a drive through window. It exists for those moments when you are about a quarter inch short of butter, the last egg falls on the floor or that mysterious “Not Me,” drinks the last of th... Read more

The Things We Learn

Wednesday, June 12, 2013      57 comments

I meditate for about 20 minutes each morning. Some mornings, like this one, I sat on the front porch and inhaled the cacophony of sounds, smells and light. I had a front row seat to what I believe is the most amazing symphony known to us. Somewh... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Stop the Name Calling, Please?

Monday, June 10, 2013      227 comments

When we are out of town I ask my son to stop by the house and make sure he saves the newspapers for me. Once the luggage is unloaded, the laundry started and dinner plans made, I sit down in my recliner and catch up on what happened while I was ... Read more

Asking For Prayers

Monday, June 03, 2013      31 comments

Sometimes I'm foolish enough to believe that my 1000+ Spark friends read each of my postings. This time I hope my cock eyed optimism is right. Our (Notice how I said "Our") dear friend Dutchiekiwi is having a time of it. She has been strugg... Read more


Sunday, June 02, 2013      18 comments

I am never going to have my picture on the Spark start page with me and the Spark guy beaming out at the world wide web. I'm not a really good example but I am persistent. I been through my ups, my downs and even a couple all arounds. I'm ... Read more

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

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