It Was a Very Good Day

“I remember telling myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as it it were Saturday. – C. Gaines

I woke early this morning.  The strong cold wind that had chilled me on last night’s walk had subsided, but the morning breeze combined with temperatures in the low 30’s made the trip down the drive for the paper a chilling experience.  The wind lasted into the early morning hours, stripping the trees of leaves and also clearing those in the yard; no need to worry about raking today. …

Thanksgiving Mindfulness

Every day can provide an opportunity to pause, 
to embrace what brings joy, to share abundance, to do what warms the hearts of others, and to nourish your soul.
– Roni Beth Tower

This coming Thursday, the annual “Unity in the Community Thanksgiving Spectacular” will be celebrated in Tustin California.  This event is sponsored by Operation Warm Wishes, a 501c3 Organization founded by TyRon Jackson, a community activist who has a passion for helping those in need and making a positive difference in the  world. …

It Takes a Village

“Well sometimes that enemy is not just the enemy abroad for these heroes, sometimes that enemy follows them home.”

– Mike Trymbiski,
Former US Army Ranger
2/75th Ranger Battalion

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”   It’s an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must provide for and interact positively with children if they are to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.  Who can argue with that? …

The Old Dog

“Aging is an extraordinary process,
where you become the person you always should have been.”

– David Bowie

For the past few days I’ve been Tuckersitting in Jersey while my son and his family are out of town.  Tucker is the family’s dog, a Black Shepard/Korean Jindo mix.  He’s about 11 years old and his muzzle and coat now include a distinctive grey.  He’s still a big boy, weighing over 100 pounds, and like his sitter, he doesn’t move quite as quickly as he did in his younger years. …

The Acknowledgement

“No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

                                  – Alfred Lord Whitehead

It took longer than I thought, but everything seems to be in place and it looks like my book will be published later this month.  Entitled, Before I Sleep:  The Incredible Power of Journaling, the book contains a sampling of my Sunday evening mailings with a little twist; following each story there is a reflection page designed to encourage journaling. …