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June 22, 2017

“Give yourself a gift of five minutes of contemplation in awe of everything you see around you. Go outside and turn your attention to the many miracles around you. This five-minute-a-day regimen of appreciation and gratitude will help you to focus your life in awe.” ~ Wayne Dyer I was...

June 22, 2017

Communication – Proverbs 12:17 “A good man is known by his truthfulness.”  My good friend Jen told me once that if you want to excel in life it helps to be a good communicator.  I’ve been struggling with communication as of late.  The message in my head doesn’t always come...

June 15, 2017

Our son, Hunter, just returned from a trip to Europe with his girlfriends’ family.  It was his graduation gift from Shelly and me.  While he was in London there was a terrorist attack.  He was actually set up to go to the London Bridge the very next day.  That was...

June 15, 2017

“Welcome to the next chapter in the story of your life journey” … I told this to someone yesterday and I thought, “hmmm, that’s cool”.  So we all have these curves and twists that define our path – a lot of times we remember them because they are stamped in...

June 8, 2017

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”  - Carol Burnett We had confirmation this Sunday, and Shaila was confirmed and I officially joined the Catholic Church. In order to complete my education and be able to join the church I had to participate in...

June 8, 2017

A friend from Iowa City said that I should run against Representative King because the person running against him in 2018 said she was dropping out of the race.  After laughing and sighing deeply, I said “absolutely not”.  The political situation is so drama filled and toxic right now, I...

June 1, 2017

I will soon be adding additional responsibilities at work.  I have been praying about being a good leader.  I have also been reading leadership “stuff” (John C. Maxwell, Tony Dungy, CS Lewis, etc.).  I stumbled upon this;   A Leader I went on a search to become a leader. I...

June 1, 2017

I had a lot of time to think this past weekend as I put about a hundred miles on my bike; rode a couple of trails down around Des Moines.  As I pedaled I came to the conclusion that I’ve been wrong about a lot of stuff in life.  Don’t...

May 25, 2017

“Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect.” - Victoria Osteen As we come to the end of another school year and prepare...

May 25, 2017

Last week on vacation, my one “ah-hah!” moment was in the hotel gym.  It had mirrors all around, and I watched myself as I ran.  I saw that I looked really stupid when I ran.  My gait is too short, and I run with an old person shuffle.  (long, dreadful...

May 19, 2017

So I was in Tucson this week.  Did I miss anything??  “Yeesh!” on everything … seems like the weather apocalypse happened while I was gone.  (The folks of Tucson were equally mortified … it was 53 degrees one morning, I know, gasp.)  You all are troopers, and I’m so glad...

May 18, 2017

Commencement season is always bittersweet and this year is no exception.  What is really sweet right now is that the boys are home for the summer. Cole has spent the last 4 months in Clarion working at Fuel.  He made some friends, learned independence, and is looking forward to heading...

May 11, 2017

“Freedom begins the moment you realize someone else has been writing your story and it's time you took the pen from his hand and started writing it yourself.” ― Bill Moyers One of our house rules is if you commit to doing something than you have to see it through. Just...

May 11, 2017

I did a talk last night, and it was inside and there were lots of flies buzzing around me.  I had a mini anxiety attack and ran out of there.  (It wasn’t noticeable and I finished my talk … but it still freaked me out a bit.)  I’m not sure...

May 4, 2017

Ransom Most would think I’m fixin’ to start talking about a kidnapping.  No, Ransom is a person.  Ransom is a contracted sleep technician in Belmond.  The reason I know is because I  had a *sleepstudy (see attached photos) in Belmond last week. Ransom (her grandfathers’ name) is from Georgia with...

May 4, 2017

Wow, what a beautiful spring day.  May is the best month of the year.  By far.  It’s the month of new things (flowers and leaves) and graduations.  It’s the month of May baskets and moms.  It’s the month of remembrance … seriously, it’s got everything.  (except Halloween, which is awesome.)...

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...

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