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March 23, 2017

My coach told me to stop after “That’s a great idea …” and not add “but if it were me I’d do it this way.”  She said I had an issue with power and control.  So I applied this wise perspective to my cat.  Basically, if he is in a...

March 23, 2017

“Opportunities” “Opportunity” is a word that has changed connotation in my life. Formerly, it was a positive word. Getting accepted to a school, passing a test, becoming a starter on a team or getting a new job, these were all “Great Opportunities!”  It has now become a euphemism for “this...

March 16, 2017

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ― James Baldwin     This week is spring break in Belmond, and I took the week off to spend with my family. We were planning on going to Missouri to see...

March 16, 2017

Sitting here looking out at a truckload of snow.  “sigh …” Snow in any fashion and form is depressing to me.  I am not a monochromatic type of guy.  I need greens and browns; colors of all sorts.  White is not a color.  I was saying at lunch today that...

March 9, 2017

This past weekend we went to see “The Shack”.  Fantastic Movie.  Especially for those of us who have dealt with tragedy (there are those who have dealt with tragedy and those who will). It is the story of a father whose 5 year old daughter was abducted and killed.  It...

March 9, 2017

I’m trying really hard to infuse tranquility into my life right now. It doesn’t help that my cat starts howling every night at 2:30 in the morning.  (Perhaps tranquility is a cousin of lack of sleep – if it is, I don’t have far to go.) People I’ve told this...

March 2, 2017

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." --Harriet Ann Jacobs We are getting closer to spring, warmer temperatures, and green grass. I love spring as it is a time of rebirth and new beginnings. It is interesting the parallel...

March 2, 2017

I’m writing this on Monday with deep and resounding anticipation and appreciation for the first of March.  Usually, my favorite day of the year because it is the farthest away from February you get.  This February though, wasn’t so bad.  Is it because I am in a good place?  It...

February 23, 2017

You may feel unwanted or unworthy to some, but you are priceless to another. Don’t ever forget your worth. No matter how good you are to people, there will always be those who criticize you, and some of those people will desperately seek to tear you down. Take the high...

February 23, 2017

I read this thing on being polite and not wanting to make a scene.  Basically, it can kill you.* The third rule of Larry** is that if “I am resting comfortably, and you try and bother me or pick me up, I will scratch and bite your arm – you...

February 16, 2017

“Spend as much time as possible with positive, joyful people and as little time as possible with negative, unhappy people.” ~ Molly Friedenfeld It has been so nice to see the sun the last few days. I love how just seeing the sun can improve everyone’s mood and put a...

February 16, 2017

Today is Valentine’s day … also it is the 11th anniversary of Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics (Clarion) doing orthopedic surgery.  Now, big time surgery is routine for us but back then, this was huge for both Orthopedic Specialists (then OSMS) and us.  Wright Medical Center (our name back then)...

February 9, 2017

Learning to Fly A couple weeks ago my wife posted a picture of her back while working out.  It was perfect anatomy.  Very muscular.  The caption was “Learning to fly”.  It looked like it.  The caption had a double meaning. She is also growing her wings as a business woman,...

February 9, 2017

When in doubt – flee.  This is my motto for today.     I was excited to have an active cat because I’ve had mice in my house before, but then I read that a sign of affection is when a cat presents his dead prey to you.  In your...

February 2, 2017

“Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, Wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.” ~ Dr. Jonas Salk I constantly say that parenting isn’t for the faint hearted. This week Rick and I had two opportunities with regards to Shaila....

February 2, 2017

February one.  Hmmm … I hate this month.  Hate.this.month.  #februaryhater.  However, being on a path of healthy perspectives and rising above the emotions, I am compelled to not judge this month by what it is (a small, cold, dark month designed to test the will of even the strongest) but...

January 26, 2017

Drama is a Choice. I know we’re not really supposed to talk about religion or politics very much, and I do talk about my faith quite a bit here.  This week I am venturing out enough to make a comment involving politics. Eight years ago I did not vote for...

January 26, 2017

I went to the Ragbrai announcement party the other night.  If you have ever had the desire to ride the whole week of Ragbrai or even just a day – this is the year.  It’s up this way, Northern Iowa, and flat.  Janel, for years told me I should ride...

January 19, 2017

“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” ―...

January 19, 2017

I thought my hair looked darker when I looked into the mirror this morning.  Instantly I moved to “because of my mega vitamin intake and massive exercise, I must be aging backwards.”  I’m halfway expecting my wrinkles and sore joints to be replaced with smooth skin and a bounce in...

January 12, 2017

2017. This is my first chance to sit down and think about what that means.  A new year is a great time to just stop and reassess. Be still. Listen. What I’ve heard so far; I’ve heard my son graciously accept consequences for a mistake that seems huge for the...

January 12, 2017

Encourage courage.  This is kind of a theme for me lately.  As I wrote last week I was skiing with my family last week in Steamboat Springs.*  One of the family members hadn’t skied before and despite being drug on the ski lift and completely humiliated, he went back and...

January 5, 2017

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” ~ Leo Tolstoy The other night I was attempting to prepare supper. We were going to have a simple supper of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. I went to the store with Maleigha and picked up two cans of tomato...

January 5, 2017

So here it is the new year, and I’m already expecting negative news.  “Steve, hope and optimism are on our collective plates, be happy!”  Yes, I know … I’m supposed to be on vacation, flying to Colorado to ski with the nephews and niece, but Winter Storm Helena is coming...

December 29, 2016

Christmas is far and away my favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the event that inspired it, hoping for a white one, to wrapping presents. But mostly I love having family and friends gathered, and sharing traditions. ~ Ellen Hopkins As I think about this holiday season, I...

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