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From Funk to Spark
Sunday, May 06, 2012      15 comments

Today I woke up in a blue funk. This happens sometimes, especially when I am exhausted. I use the acronym H.A.L.T.- Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. These aren't the only status checks I take, but just saying "HALT" reminds me to stop and evalua... Read more
"Neigh", said the horse, as she jogged by.
Sunday, April 22, 2012      12 comments

This morning I nudged myself out of the house for a short run before the heat kicked in. Along the way, I was "grooving to my tunes" when I noticed a horse across the street, surrounded by sheep and lambs, whinnying at me. His head was bobbing... Read more
I'm a 10 Today :-)
Sunday, April 15, 2012      12 comments

I've been battling furiously against my tendency to become depressed and discouraged this past two weeks. I've been using all the "tools in my tool kit" to remain optimistic, grateful, loving, and productive. Today is Sunday, a day of re... Read more
A Great Article About Happiness
Tuesday, April 03, 2012      8 comments

My husband forwarded a great article to me today. This past decade, I have been on a mission to be more spiritually fit and happy, joyous, and free. This article capsulizes all the components I have been working on. I thought I would share... Read more
Special Day
Thursday, March 15, 2012      25 comments

There are things in our lives that we don't think we will ever share with the general population, let alone blog about it some day, but today I will share my special day with you all. Today I have 10 years sober by the grace of God, the s... Read more
Racing Heart, Gold Medal Gratitude!
Sunday, March 11, 2012      11 comments

I have a history of heart problems. 22 years ago I had my first MI caused by ventricular spasm. Then 20 years ago I had another MI due to the same cause. Medication has controlled the problem over the years and the damage to my heart is mild.... Read more
Good Health Makes the Good Life Possible
Thursday, March 08, 2012      12 comments

I am blessed to be able to maintain a wonderful "mother/daughter" relationship with my dear aunt this past 10 years. She is the mother I never had. She is my role model and... Read more
Sparkpeople Makes Me Cry....tears of empathy.
Saturday, March 03, 2012      9 comments

Today is the first day of my Spring Break. I am excited to spend time with my husband, tackle chores that I don't normally have time for during the work week, finish projects like my granddaughter's rocking chair, do some yard work, lunch with ... Read more
When to Say "When"
Sunday, February 19, 2012      13 comments

In one of my favorite movies, "Regarding Henry", the main character is challenged with recovering from a gun shot to the head. He must relearn most skills and reevaluate the value of his life. During recovery, his very patient secretary explai... Read more
Palm Springs 1/2 Marathon- Magical!!!
Sunday, February 12, 2012      13 comments

This will be short but I had to share the amazing weekend I had in Palm Springs with my friend Ame. We had a blessed girl weekend, ran the P.S. 1/2 Marathon today, and met SanDiegoJohn. We had such a great time. The weather was gorgeous, the ... Read more
"Ditch the Drama"
Wednesday, February 08, 2012      4 comments

I just read an article by Dean Anderson, on Spark, about "talking yourself into reaching your goals". It was about the power of positive or negative self talk on our progress and outcomes. The very best section (section 3) was titled "Ditch th... Read more
Palm Springs 1/2.....Ready or Not......
Saturday, February 04, 2012      6 comments

Next Sunday, February 12th, I am going to attempt my second 1/2 marathon. It will probably be my last because I know that my body will be happier training for 5 and 10K races. Today my husband and I drove out to P.S. to check out the course... Read more
Working Out the Bumps
Saturday, January 21, 2012      10 comments

We all have bumps in the road of life. Sometimes we have small speed bumps that warn us to slow down. Sometimes the bumps are a bit larger and we come to a stop before proceeding. The important thing is that we do proceed. "Working it o... Read more
Doing for Others........MLK
Monday, January 16, 2012      9 comments

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Martin Luther King, Jr. I was in Jr. High School and High School when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was making his mark on the world. At the time he was co... Read more
Special Day- 40th Anniversary
Sunday, January 08, 2012      16 comments

At risk of sounding redundant or boastful, I have to acknowledge that today is my husband, Chris, and my 40th wedding anniversary. It has caused me to be quite reflective and melancholy. We have lived quite a life together so far. As I have d... Read more

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