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This is the rose I choose to add to "the Deck" in memory of Kelpie's friend, Joyce, who lost her battle with Hodgkins. I choose this one for several reasons: It's named ... Read more
"Happy Hour on the Deck", Imagination and the power of community
One of biggest perks, to me, of being retired is that I get to start each day with the time to truely allow myself to awaken to the world around me. I get up early each morning, but not to the demanding command of an alarm clock. I turn on the... Read more
...and in a moment, Life has been changed forever!!!
It has certainly become a cliche "to live today, because you know not what tomorrow brings" or some version of the same message, but I wonder, if we don't hear that same thing so often that we no longer really pay attention to it. Then somethin... Read more
Being different is what makes a difference
Yesterday, LUV and I were on our way to step aerobics but hadn't even gotten more than several hundred yards from our house when something in the woods caught my eye. I had only glimpsed it with my peripheral vision and it didn't register in my... Read more
LUV (dw) and I will be walking in the annual "Crop Walk" for world hunger tomorrow. This one's special because it's the 40th anniversarry of the walk and it was started largely through the efforts of a good friends of ours.
If you'd like to s... Read more
A new adventure in PA
You know it's funny how we think we have to vacation somewhere far away from home in order to make it special. We live in PA, but normally when we travel we head hundreds of miles away to such places as Virginia, North Carolina, Maine, or for t... Read more
Celebrate a New Year
The following is taken out of the “reflections” article by Ardath Rodale in the January issue of Prevention Magazine. Not an original blog by me, but certainly reflects my way of thinking and is certainly appropriate for us here at SP.
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What gives a person power? What is it that makes one man a success and another a couch potatoe? Why are some women natural leaders and others sheep that will follow anywhere? Why are some people inventors of amazing things and othe... Read more
Americans Saving America
I believe we are living in a very difficult time here in the U.S. I also still believe in Americans. This is something I wrote outside of SP and wanted to share it here as well. Please feel free to respond.
Life is still good!
A... Read more
A Warm Fuzzy Tale
This is not an original entry by me. On the contrary, it is a tale I came accross about 30 years ago and used it for many years in my inner city classroom. This simple story had a profound impact on my life and I believe it left impressions o... Read more
Taking pride in what you do - an old fashioned idea
I'm presently reading a novel entitled "High Plains Tango" by Robert James Waller. The main character is a man named Carlisle. Although he's the holder of a degree from Stanford, Carlisle is a carpenter. No he's much more than that, he's a cr... Read more
Knowing how to find it -
The story goes that although the father had taken his son fishing many times, his son had come to the conclusion that there were very few fish, since they seldom caught more than 1 or 2. Then after going out with an older friend of the father i... Read more
Still a contender
Sometimes inspiration comes from some of the strangest sources. This time the source was the movie "Rocky Balboa".
Now for those of you who don't know me (which is most of you), you may not realize that one of the biggest issues in my life ... Read more
Reach Out and Touch Someone
A long time ago, (although it seems like yesterday), there was a commercial that simply went "Reach out and touch someone". I think it was AT&T trying to get more people to subscribe to their long distance telephone service. The concept was th... Read more
Today is my birthday
Fear has always been a big motivator in my life. Not that I was a fearful person. Just the opposite. I've always sought out things that got my endrenoline pumping! But fear keeps me in line.
When I was a teen, it was fear of what my pare... Read more