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Hello and welcome to my blog where I share a bit from my heart while highlighting a photo or two.  I hope there may be a word that encourages you or even makes you laugh a bit today.  Many topics are around memories and things we can all relate to.  Thank you for checking in and I'm looking forward to sharing with you more in the future.  


The Sixth Sense

August 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Have you ever had one of those days where the well seems empty? It’s not as though anything tragic or challenging happened. But, you just can’t shake that empty feeling? Today is one of those days for me. Sure, work went well today and it’s Friday. Now that we’re past 5:00 and we had our weekly ‘mini-date’ trip to Pei Wei, all we have to look forw...
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What's Your Point? - Communication

August 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It seems that today everyone in the national media, and even social media, has a point they’re trying to make. Whether it’s political, religious, or social. Even meaningless posts on social media carry a ‘point’ of some kind. It’s for that reason that I’ve really backed off from sharing things on Facebook & Twitter that may seem controversial. For...
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August 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Growing up, my grandparents rarely had to discipline us. For some reason, we wanted to behave (for the most part) while at their home. When mother came to pick us up, well, then all bets were off. There was one time, however, that I almost got the belt from my grandfather. During the early 70s, there was a fad to make paper airplanes of all types...
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August 14, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I think one of the most common words used in our culture, is the word good. It’s used to wish others a good morning, afternoon, evening, day, or time. We use it to describe good behaviors, feelings, movies, books, products, pets, and people. We teach our children right from wrong by using the terms good and bad. But, what is goodness? Webster has...
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August 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
One of the lessons I had hammered into me while attending Oral Roberts University (ORU) was that of Seed Faith. Oral would speak to it at nearly every chapel. He encouraged us all to practice the principle in our lives. What is Seed Faith? You may be asking. Basically, it’s the principle of giving (planting) and then believing that God will multip...
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He Will Meet You There

August 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Have you ever just stood by the ocean or a large lake listening to the waves and had the feeling that all of life’s worries just dropped away? This morning was that time for the Mrs. and me. It was the second day of our mini-vacation by the lake. Before the younger ones were up, we decided to take a walk down to the lake shore together to get some...
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August 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Today has been day one of a two day stay at a cabin off Lake Texoma with the family. It’s a large man-made lake and rests between the Texas and Oklahoma border. Our cabin is rustic, but comfortable, and is perfectly located near the lake. The Mrs. was needing time away and came across the opportunity from a friend of hers at a great price. Earlier...
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Fear - Part 3

August 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
High anxiety. It’s not just the name of an old classic by Mel Brooks. It’s a battle many people are having to deal with today. All one needs to do is look at the rise in alcoholism, suicide, drug use, and escapism. Or, just try walking through the grocery store on a busy day. The past few nights, I’ve been writing about fear and sharing some memor...
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Fear - Part 2

August 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Growing up on a dead-end road had its advantages but, when it comes to being afraid of things at night, it wasn’t so great. Our childhood home was located near the end of the street adjacent to an empty field and a lot of trees. The house was an older home and small, but still had two stories. In Michigan, nearly all the homes have basements and t...
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Fear - Part 1

August 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
As some of you know, I traveled to California to visit my family over the weekend. Specifically, to spend time with my older sister who has been diagnosed with a form of dementia which has progressed much further than I had realized. The change from the last time we were together was stark and undeniable. My first reaction was that of shock and a...
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Decisions Decisions

August 07, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Throughout most of my life, especially as I’ve aged, I’ve been one of those people who tries to weigh every option before making a decision. That’s a good thing when it comes to major financial decisions, health related decisions, and family related decisions. But, when it comes to whether to get chocolate or vanilla ice cream, well, then it’s only...
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Life is Short

August 06, 2018  •  1 Comment
While heading home from California on the plane, I couldn’t help but think about how short life is. I know we all have things in our lives that come along taking us by surprise in ways we never expected. If that hasn’t happened to you yet, it will eventually. When it comes to those we are closest to, those surprises can be life altering. Taking an...
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Treasure Island

August 05, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It was the summer of 1986 and I’d just completed my Naval boot camp in Orlando, Florida. When I enlisted, I intentionally signed up to be a Chaplain’s Assistant. The reason was to gain an understanding of what it was like to be enlisted and to get a better understanding of what being a Chaplain in the Navy might entail. Looking back, it was a good...
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Big Sister - Part 3

August 04, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
It’s Saturday in the Bay Area and the air is fresh, the sun is out, and we’re inside having just enjoyed a take-out Subway sandwhich for lunch. Earlier today, after looking through my big sister’s box of photos, we retired to the living room for conversation. It’s been a while since I’d visited her home and I’d forgotten about the living room’s st...
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Big Sister - Part 2

August 03, 2018  •  2 Comments
Today marks the first of three days I’ll have to see my older sister, Brenda. After a long day of travel, it was nice to finally reach San Jose, California. I was up at 3:30 a.m. CST and arrived at 10:00 a.m. CST., so I should rest well tonight! After catching up on work emails for a few hours and downing a large coffee, I went to pick up my renta...
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