R.I.P. Glenn Frey

R.I.P. Glenn Frey.  Thanks for sharing your gift of music with us through the years. You will be missed!

Fun song fact:  Jackson Browne couldn’t think of a way to finish ‘Take It Easy’, and passed it on to the Eagles’ Glenn Frey to finish.

RIP Glenn Frey

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R.I.P. Natalie Cole

Natalie Cole was not only a very talented woman, she was a courageous woman.  In spite of the difficulties she faced in her life, she never gave up.  It takes a tremendous amount of courage to get back up and continue to fight after life has knocked you down more than a few times.  Natalie’s memory will continue to live on through her music, and her courage will be an inspiration to many.

R.I.P.

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Chapter 2016

This book keeps getting better and better!

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Happy New Year!

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.

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You’re Never Too Old for a Snowball Fight!

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Before We Greet a New Year

4fc68e85-bd23-41fe-bc77-f8faa26fd885I hope you find some time this week to get really, really quiet.  To curl up in a big, cozy chair and watch a movie you’ve seen a million times before.  To hug the people you love.  To wrap up in a warm blanket and read a good book.  To drink hot cocoa from a Christmas mug.  To stand outside in the crisp night air and marvel at the stars.  To give someone a gift that makes them smile, or even cry (in the good way).  I hope you find some time this week to sit silently in front of your life and contemplate how magical it really is, before we turn the page and greet a new year.

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Blessed is the Season

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Hello 2015, Goodbye 2014

This morning as I awaken to a brand new year, I find myself humming the words to an old Beatles song, “Hello, Goodbye” – “You say goodbye and I say hello – hello, hello – I don’t know why you say goodbye, I say hello…”

I think The Beatles understood that in life, goodbyes are a gift.  When certain people walk away from you, and certain opportunities close their doors on you, there is no need to hold onto them or pray to keep them present in your life.  If they close you out, take it as a sign that these people, circumstances and opportunities are not part of the plan for the next step of your life.  It’s an indication that your personal growth requires something different or something more, and life is simply making room for it.  So embrace your goodbyes, because every “goodbye” you receive sets you up for an even better “hello.”

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What Did You Do All Day?

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Photo by Heath Robbins

One afternoon a man came home from work to find total mayhem in his house. His three children were outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog.

Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall…In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing.

In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a  broken glass lay under the  table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.

He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she may be ill, or that something     serious had happened.

He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.

As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, “What happened here today?”

She again smiled and answered, “You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world did I do today?”

“Yes,” was his incredulous reply.

She answered, “Well, today I didn’t do it.”

 

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I Want to Install LOVE

Tech Support:  Yes, how can I help you?

Customer:  Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support:  Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer:  Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support:  The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer:  Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support:  What programs are running?

Customer:  Let’s see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support:  No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer:  I don’t know how to. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support:  With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer:  Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support:  Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer:  Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not run on external components.” What should I do?

Tech Support:  Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer:  So, what should I do?

Tech Support:  Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files:  Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer:  Okay, done.

Tech Support:  Now, copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer:  Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support:  Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up.

Love is Freeware.

Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer:  Thank you!

Tech Support:  You’re welcome, anytime.

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