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April 27, 2017

“I don't want my life to be defined by what is etched on a tombstone. I want it to be defined by what is etched in the lives and hearts of those I've touched.”  ― Steve Maraboli   I recently read a devotional on motive and how your motive for...

April 27, 2017

Last week I was fresh from returning my cat to the ARL (animal rescue league) in Des Moines.  I was full of guilt and regret.  In my ongoing attempt to extract a lesson from absolutely everything that happens to me, good or bad, the lesson I learned was the cat...

April 20, 2017

The art of alchemical experimentation simultaneously reaches its most superfluous redundancy and it’s most illustrious summit with the creation of the homunculus*. “Homunculus*” means “an artificially made dwarf, supposedly made in a flask by an alchemist.” Most connotations describe the dwarf as a miniature version of one’s self.  Our son,...

April 20, 2017

Me stuff:  1. I took my cat back to the animal rescue league on Saturday.  We just weren’t a fit.  My bloodied and battered limbs thank me … hopefully, the cat will find some other household that can appreciate his energy.  I feel like a massive loser, regardless.    2....

April 13, 2017

The 17th annual run at the lake is taking place this Saturday.*  The family is running with me – my one nephew is claiming that this will indeed kill him.  I told him we’ll just roll his body into the lake after he perished.  He said he always thought burial...

April 13, 2017

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.”~ Les Brown Lately it seems that everywhere I turn there is some kind of negativity or drama. Whether it is with the kids at home or the meetings I am in...

April 6, 2017

Disappointments This week I scheduled away from work in anticipation of making some college visits.  Tomorrow we will be going with Hunter to the University of Iowa*.  He was offered and accepted a full tuition scholarship (and partial room and board) for his academic pursuit of policy debate.  He will...

April 6, 2017

To make puff pastry you have to work really hard.  To quote the internet “While insanely delicious, puff pastry is also quite possibly one of the most finicky and labor-intensive things that you can make in the kitchen.”  Raising a kid is the same (and a cat for that matter)....

March 30, 2017

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” ~ Alan Alda I was fortunate to be able to attend a nursing team lead meeting this past week. I left the meeting...

March 30, 2017

I once told Dr. Kakade that any losses I take in my business (when I had the coffee shop) were fine because that’s a tax deduction.  He said you have to lose money first, and then basically you can only take 25-35% off your taxes.  He said “YOU HAVE TO...

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....

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