Choosing Hope #4: Hope for when things go bad

(Fourth in a week-long series on hope and optimism for the future.) Some days it’s hard to see the good. I'm not talking about trying to be "sickeningly sweet and optimistic." No, no, I'm talking about being realistic, but still seeing the good that comes up in life. We've all had those days. You try... Continue Reading →

Preparing my rain dance!

Oh, I got nothing today. The proverbial "can" as in having a blog post prepared and "in the can and ready to go at a moment's notice" is empty. The in-the-moment water spout is dry too, in fact it’s as dry as the Mojave Desert. Oh, it's not for the lack of trying. I sit... Continue Reading →

How a creative mind works

When the music teacher came into our third or fourth grade class and gave us small plastic recorders to try out for ourselves to motivate us to think about learning to play an instrument, I yawned. I didn't care much for the tinny sound. I gave the recorder and any other instrument for that matter... Continue Reading →

The Best-Laid Plans

I find it amusing. I first started blogging on WordPress with a completely different idea in mind. I had it all mapped out. I would write the occasional lifestyle or thought piece, but I was looking to focus most of my time on writing a book and thought I would use my blog to showcase... Continue Reading →

The House at Pooh Corner

English author A.A. Milne came up with the idea for Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in 1921 after he watched his son Christopher Robin play with his stuffed animals and saw him give them various voices and character traits. Christopher’s stuffed bear, originally named Edward, was renamed Winnie-the-Pooh after they visited the London Zoo and fell in... Continue Reading →

Five minutes with dad

I’ve been thinking about my dad a lot lately. I wrote about him in Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door, how he made an appearance in a recent dream that I had where I got a chance to get the VIP treatment and visit heaven for a day. I've been thinking about him at other... Continue Reading →

The best day

A rainy chill has come in the middle of the night. It's not overly cold, but still cold enough and it’s one of those mornings when you run quickly to the bathroom to do your business and then back again to get back under the warm covers. The sheets and comforter on the bed are... Continue Reading →

100 things I love!

I was waiting for my wife to finish up an appointment recently and I watched as dark, gray clouds took over the once bright, sunny sky and a silence fell over the parking lot. A few minutes earlier birds had been chirping and two squirrels seemed to be playing by a tree. Now, you didn't... Continue Reading →

Thank a librarian

If you've learned anything in your life, thank a librarian. I wrote this week in Saved by a library about how a library helped me. I know that I'm not the only one who has benefited from a great library, no matter how big or small. The American Library Association celebrates National Libraries Week in... Continue Reading →

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