Monthly Archives: August 2008

Labor Day Weekend – Part One

What a wonderful, wonderful weekend! Saturday morning, the house was all cleaned, and smelling fresh, the yard looked great, and the fence was adorned with red, white and blue bunting banners – a gift from my darling neighbor, Kay. I … Continue reading

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Interconnected Experiences

Noticing Synchronicity When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of coincidence. These synchronous happenings, though, are much more than that, for, if … Continue reading

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Being A Strong Container

Grounding Ourselves We often hear people telling us to ground ourselves, but we may not be sure what that means and how we might do it. Grounding ourselves is a way of bringing ourselves literally back to earth. Some of … Continue reading

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What Can I Do?

This is a message I posted on one of my hometown’s websites, WILLKIE’S PRIDE. This morning, my sixteen year old son came into my study before leaving for school and said he was really frustrated with something in marching band. … Continue reading

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Part Of The Process

Feeling Stuck When we feel stuck in our lives it’s important to take stock of what is going on and find out if there is something we are doing or not doing that is keeping us stuck. Sometimes the situation … Continue reading

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First Day of School….

7:35am, Jose walked out the door to begin his fifth year in Kettering Public Schools. Today he starts his sophomore year. Jose is always normally up by 6:50am, but this morning I realized he was still in bed at 7:10am. … Continue reading

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Outside The Comfort Zone

Things We Don’t Want To Do Most of us have had the experience of tackling some dreaded task only to come out the other side feeling invigorated, filled with a new sense of confidence and strength. The funny thing is, … Continue reading

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A New Baby In The Family…

My mother’s younger brother, Ronald Dean Barmes, would have turned 56 years this past May. Sadly, he took his own life in June 1987. Uncle Ron had married, and had two daughters, Alicia and Amanda. Both girls are married and … Continue reading

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The Weekend…

Friday night was a home football game – the first of the season against Fairmont’s biggest rival, Alter High School. I skipped it. The heat and humidity were unbearable, and although I was not feeling great pain with my finger, … Continue reading

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Undistracted Energy

Pure Thoughts If we make no effort at all, our thoughts usually scatter in a vast array of directions. They start and stop and move in surprising ways from one second to the next. If we try to follow our … Continue reading

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Elmer Fudd & Grandpa Virgil…

THURSDAY Squirrels. The ones in our yard are really aggravating me! They have been going after the tomatoes, as well as the neighbor’s. During the dry times, they suck the juice out of the tomatoes. They also break into the … Continue reading

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Life As It Is

Making Life Work For You Sometimes we have so many varying responsibilities in our lives, ranging from work obligations to caring for children to running a household, we feel we cannot possibly make it all work. We may feel overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Being Clear About Desires

Getting What We Want The best way to get what we want from life is to first know what we want. If we haven’t taken the time to really understand and identify what would truly make us happy, we won’t … Continue reading

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Tearing Down To Rebuild

Rethinking Complaining We all know someone who has elevated the process of complaining to a high art. Sometimes funny, sometimes exhausting, these people have the ability to find a problem just about anywhere. In its more evolved form, complaining is … Continue reading

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International Celebrities…

In 1908, Wilbur Wright, demonstrating the Wright flying machine for the French government, captured the attention, and imagination of the entire world. Wilbur, along with his brother, Orville, who was preparing for the United States’ demonstration at Fort Myer in Virginia … Continue reading

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Small Steps To Big Change

Making Big Change Easier When we decide that it’s time for big changes in our lives, it is wise to ease into them by starting small. Small changes allow us to grow into a new habit and make it a … Continue reading

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Beethoven, Bach, Broadway and… Bon Jovi?

When I was a teenager in high school, and throughout college, I did listen to rock music, but preferred the music of the late 1960’s and early to mid-1970’s. There was some incredible music written during that era. I was … Continue reading

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Repeating Patterns Of Meaning

Numbers Glancing at the clock may cause us to look again sometimes, especially when we notice that we’ve caught it at the same time over and over again. Maybe we see the same number pattern echoed everywhere we look—whether on … Continue reading

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This past week… and next….

Last week was busy. Jose had marching band rehearsals, and also began his work at One Lincoln Park just around the corner from where we live. Thursday morning Jose, Flyer and I left at 8:00am for Fowler, Indiana, arriving shortly … Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Tree…

GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — Standing just 150 feet from the platform on which President Lincoln delivered his most famous speech, one of the few remaining “witness trees” to the Battle of Gettysburg has been severely damaged by a storm, National … Continue reading

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Parker & Fred

My brother, Destin, had to come to Elwood for some business, and he told Mother he was bringing Parker, 3. However, he surprised her with Fred and Stacia. Here are some photos of Parker and Fred. Parker, age 3 Fred, … Continue reading

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United We Stand… Divided We Fall…

“For united we stand, divided we fall And if our backs should ever be against the wall We’ll be together; together, you and I.” I remember the words to this song when I was quite young. It seemed to resonate … Continue reading

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I Feel Like A Musical Theatre Character…

For the past several months, or so, I have been experiencing a feeling – as John Adams called it in the musical 1776 – “discontentment.” As I was writing a good friend earlier this afternoon, I feel like all these … Continue reading

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