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Accepting The Challenge

Monday, May 09, 2011      16 comments

The last couple of weeks have not been my best. With my basement flooding three times and finding out that flood insurance is only good if you have to commute to and from your house by boat, my moods took a marked turn south. Things just seemed ... Read more

Following The Light Towards My Happiness

Friday, May 06, 2011      24 comments

Happiness is not elusive. Itís pretty straight forward. I think Iím the one who has had issues with happiness, not the other way around. Iíve had a hard time defining it. Itís as if Iíd walked into a store and asked for a piece of clothing that ... Read more

Go Your Own Way

Thursday, May 05, 2011      36 comments

I once told my children that if you didnít get out of bed until eight am the day was already half over. Joan would look at them through the steam of her coffee and let them know that while they should always respect their father, what I just sai... Read more

Please Be Happy

Wednesday, May 04, 2011      32 comments

The suns out, the basement has no water in it and the work has just begun. We were fortunate. We ended up with water about a third of the way up the baseboard in three rooms. Itís drained, it smelled and we are cleaning up. We are happy. A... Read more

The Little Things

Monday, May 02, 2011      23 comments

Thereís a part of my life I always look back at with fascination. I was twenty two and given the responsibility of supervising sixty five people. It took me a few months but I realized why they hired ten people at a time. A year later only thre... Read more

My Lawn and I

Friday, April 29, 2011      29 comments

We reseeded our lawn last fall. The drought from last summer killed most of the grass. We thought it was a good time to reseed. I have to tell you that initially I wasnít very pleased with the result. The lawn care service told me to let it get... Read more

Defeating the Evil Flood Water Part 2 (video blog)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011      18 comments

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An Update of Sorts (video blog)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011      18 comments

If you cant access the video here you can view it on YouTube @
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Meeting An Angel

Monday, April 25, 2011      33 comments

The last words our pastor had for us yesterday as Mass ended were these. ďToday is Easter. Take some time today to remove all your burdens and put down the cross youíre carrying and enjoy the specialness of Easter.Ē We tried, we really did. All... Read more

A Time To Rise

Sunday, April 24, 2011      22 comments

It would have been easy for him. No one would have batted an eye. He could have picked up a stone, and joined the crowd. The law, after all, was on their side. The woman was wrong, she had broken a law. She had sinned and she must be punished an... Read more

Sometimes Even I Get Miffed

Saturday, April 23, 2011      31 comments

Iím not sure if this qualifies as venting, a rant or just being very perturbed. I will leave to you to decide. I do know itís not Bit$%ing. I had a telephone appointment yesterday at eleven with a potential client. Itís important to note t... Read more

Taking Stock and Listening

Friday, April 22, 2011      19 comments

If I took the time to listen to what Iím saying on a regular basis I just might find out a bit more about what makes me tick. But, like many people I am a bit scared to understand myself. That would mean Iíd have to do something and Lord knows w... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Stumbling Upon Success

Wednesday, April 20, 2011      43 comments

Itís easy to get lost or as the saying goes, ďYou canít see the forest because of all the trees.Ē You get up in the morning and if youíre honest a plate of bacon and eggs sure would taste a whole lot better that a bowl of oatmeal and a banana. S... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Putting Me First, Sometimes It's Even Hard To Write About

Monday, April 18, 2011      51 comments

I had a really good weekend. My wife is a fireworks fanatic. Thatís not an exaggeration. We sat in thirty degree weather with light rain off and on for seven hours to watch forty minutes or so of fireworks. We werenít alone. There were close to... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts " I'm Fixing A Hole..........."

Wednesday, April 13, 2011      43 comments

For whatever reason, there are days I find myself thinking about donuts. There is no particular shape, flavor or sizeÖÖ.. Just donuts. I donít crave them; I just often have an image in my mind. Iím glad I do. I had one of those ďAh-HaĒ moments l... Read more

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