Here in Minnesota, we are mourning the loss of one of our own.  Our PRINCE will be dearly missed!

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life." - PRINCE

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”

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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.


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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?

Photo by Heath Robbins

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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