Another Trip Around the Sun | Happy Birthday to Me

The cat is out of the bag…Today is my birthday.  Even though New Years was twelve days ago, I’ve personally made another full trip around the sun.  I’m 43, but honestly, that’s a number that doesn’t mean very much to me.  I feel so good that I actually woke up this morning and forgot for … Continue reading Another Trip Around the Sun | Happy Birthday to Me

It’s the Little Things | Happy Thanksgiving 2015

It’s a quarter to three.  To be real honest, there isn’t anything special about today, and yet it’s probably the best day I’ve had in ages.  On the productivity scale of 1-10, ten being about as productive as one can get…I’m scoring myself about a three.  I’ve taken a shower, prepared bacon wrapped water chestnuts … Continue reading It’s the Little Things | Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Nous Somme Avec Vous

In the face of tragedy, of great heartache so cross it is unbearable, we must continue to do the one thing we fear most when the dust settles on the morrow…Remain steadfast and true.  Be fearless when the sun rises, be brave, and have hope for a future where differences are celebrated and explored and … Continue reading Nous Somme Avec Vous

Ode to an Apple | A Guide to Making Applesauce

The tree stands lonely in the yard, though it didn’t start that way.  It was planted with another apple tree.  Two pluots were planted next to them.  Four trees in all.  Before long it was just one apple tree and the two others.  But then one pluot got sick and never recovered, and the other … Continue reading Ode to an Apple | A Guide to Making Applesauce

#HappyMothersDay

I’m incredibly proud of my kids.  I’m biased, sure, but I contend my kids are pretty damn awesome.  And not just because I’m biased.  Because I think it’s true.  Understand something, too, that I’ve always been pretty….strict, maybe…in my expectations. Here’s my thing… Years ago, I was sitting in a sterile, non-descript room with a … Continue reading #HappyMothersDay

YOU…Step Away from the Comfort Zone | Three Tips to Discovering a New Happiness

My life isn’t always a quest for balance.  There are times when, selfishly, I’m simply looking for happiness.  I want to laugh, be engaged with others around me, and most of all be released from the stresses that occur in daily life.  Maybe this is balance, but it feels different.  It feels selfish. My most … Continue reading YOU…Step Away from the Comfort Zone | Three Tips to Discovering a New Happiness

New Year’s Resolution #5: Be Inspiring

For those of you that actually read my journals, you are well aware I’ve made New Year’s Resolutions this year.  That is significant because I don’t believe in New Year’s Resolutions.  But as Resolution #2 is Break My Own Rules, I thought I’d start with making some decisions about my life.  Specifically, my health. If … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution #5: Be Inspiring

Why We Need to Stop Talking About Pete Rose

I enjoy good debate as much as the next person.  Well, no, I don’t.  Not anymore.  Good debate has become a thing of the past, a relic of days gone when men acted with class and chivalry.  As a culture, we held ourselves to a higher standard.  Sure, money was objectified and deified as it … Continue reading Why We Need to Stop Talking About Pete Rose

#MorningMotivation | Captain Phillips’ Leadership Lecture

Captain Richard Phillips speaks with a quick, high pitched New England vibrato, the type of vocal cadence where you nearly miss every fifth or eighth word being said but the message still gets across. When Captain Phillips speaks the message is clear, he is a man who is confident in his ability to lead others … Continue reading #MorningMotivation | Captain Phillips’ Leadership Lecture

When Success is Dressed Like Failure

“You don’t conquer the mountain, you only conquer yourself.” Jim Whittaker My plans for 2015, I think, are ambitious.  Maybe too ambitious.  But I’m okay with that.  It’s important that goals push what we’re capable of doing.  I think there’s a chance I won’t accomplish all of my goals for the year, but I think, … Continue reading When Success is Dressed Like Failure