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Never A Blank Page

“Parchment”, Lithograph on Paper, 1987

I opened my journal, preparing to jot down my morning thoughts and prayers. At first glance, the page seemed stark, even void of a date to delineate its location in time and space. I was encouraged by this, as it indicated a new day, a fresh start. All that had gone before was forgotten; as if all my poor decisions, all my hurtful words, and all my blundering actions never existed.

It didn’t take long, however, to realize that this perspective was nothing more than an illusion. A single page before, just on the other side of the paper, there existed evidence to the contrary: Documentation of yesterday’s journey with its struggles and its successes written in scrawling hand. Turning five flimsy pages back and the journal read like a Dickens’ tale of cruelty and longing, broken promises and frustration. (Also, lest you think I’m really that deep and reflective, I note what I ate for lunch and the fact that my dog enjoyed our walk to the park.)

You see, there is never a blank page. Our lives are not new each day. Instead, they are an unfolding story with twists and turns, highs and lows, deep moments and shallow, perhaps enjoyable experiences. The decisions we made yesterday herald the actions of today. Sure, we can write a new chapter, but the prior pages tell a riveting tale that should never be ignored…or forgotten.

For the story of our life can, and should, serve as a cautionary tale, a guidebook for the future days of our lives. We can learn from our past mistakes and correct our ways. We can relive our successful moments and build on them.

The book of our life, much like Dickens’ famous character Scrooge, is not fully written. Tiny Tim does NOT have to die. We can live in the past, present, and the future, making the most of every moment and in so doing, writing new chapters that will herald a feel-good ending when all the “I’s” are dotted and all the “T’s” crossed. 

If done well, the readers of our lives who have watched us struggle and succeed, will celebrate when we come to The End of the story of our lives.

The Meaning of Life

You might find that some people have a smile on their face all the time. Perhaps they discovered the meaning of life; or, it’s possible that they’ve finally found the right combination of medications.

You might find that some people are constantly boasting about their newest grand purchase. Continue reading “The Meaning of Life”

Resolve to Revolutionize My Life

This is it. This is the one. This is the day when everything changes: You will make and save more money today than ever before. You will lose that last (or first) pound toward then next ten. You will find a meaningful hobby. You will volunteer in a way that changes lives. You will rehab your home, add a new shirt to your warn out wardrobe, and even start reading War & Peace. Continue reading “Resolve to Revolutionize My Life”

Don’t Mention It

Lately, I’ve had a hard time carrying on a conversation with people in my life. For some unknown reason, there is a disconnect that never existed before. Perhaps it’s my age. It could be my new aftershave. It’s possible I’ve lost my mind and everyone else is completely sane. Whatever the source of the problem, I just can’t get through a conversation without someone pointing out the evils of my life and how I am responsible for the destruction of the planet.

While I know that many topics have passionate supporters or detractors, I simply didn’t realize they were all around me. Continue reading “Don’t Mention It”

1000-Foot View

You’ve heard the phrase and you’ve probably said it yourself:  “Can’t see the forest for the trees“. And, if your life is anything like my own, it is often so very true. We examine the situation, we study the problem, we analyze the issue, but the closer we look the less we see a solution. We can’t think about the bigger picture because we’re so worried about the details of the problem.

You know the solution. You know the answer. Take a step back. Continue reading “1000-Foot View”

Brad Pitt and Me


If I had a dime for every time I’ve been mistaken for Brad Pitt, I would owe myself $32.40.  That mirror gets me every time.

Obfuscate; to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.

You’ve seen it before. The facts and figures tell one story but the spin doctors tell another. The officer’s radar gun reports one speed but the driver is convinced it was much lower than that and has several good reasons why it cannot be correct. Some might call it a lie.  Others might say it’s nothing more than fudging the numbers. Whatever you call it in your day-to-day life, it is nothing more than obfuscation.

When the truth is hard to swallow… Continue reading “Obfuscate; to render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible.”

Spreading the Word

Do you know someone who might be interested in getting a short story that can make their day better, give them something to think about, or make them ponder the mysteries of life?

Do you know someone who likes to chuckle once and a while?

Do you know someone who already gets too much email but would love to get one more?

Why not pass along a link to  Or you can send them directly to the BLOG.  You could send it to them, they could sign up, for regular notifications of posts, and it could make their life better.

Well, that might be too much…but it certainly could increase traffic to my site and I would be so very grateful!


There are a few places in my life that bring deep peace to my heart and soul.  They are spaces where I find comfort and ease. Some of these sanctuaries of solace include the obvious locations: The church of my youth and a local chapel I visit from time to time.

Others are more obscure: McGregor Park, Turkey Run State Park, The Rocky Mountains, The Library. But one haven of healing stands out above all others.

Of all my precious asylums, our abode is my favorite. Continue reading “GRACE HOUSE”

My Newest Venture

By all accounts, I am an entrepreneur. With a little creativity and a lot of hard work, I’ve been able to earn funds from funerals and gather wealth from weddings. I’ve written blog posts for-profit and gardened for a little green. I was lucrative at landscaping and remunerated for my writings. In short, I am always looking for a way to make money.

And so, when I bought my new-to-me John Deere L130 garden tractor last fall, I knew there had to be a way to cash in: Enter my neighbor.

Having hired my kids to mow his yard each summer for the past decade, I knew he would be seeking a replacement lawn-boy after the boys moved out last autumn. As the grass turned green this spring, I subtly dropped the hint that I would be happy to mow his yard, but of course, only if he wanted me to. I knew I could knock his yard out in record time with my new 48-inch cutting deck and the teeth-rattling 23-horsepower under the green hood. Reluctant at first, he quickly signed on after he mowed his own yard the first time this year.

I was thrilled! A yard that took my boys 60 minutes to push mow would take me a mere 20 minutes of comfortable riding. For very little effort, I would make quite a bit of dough.

My neighbor paid the boys $25 per mowing job. However, because we are friends, I’m only charging $20. Unfortunately, problems started early on when my “friend” texted me one evening as the thunderclouds began to form on the horizon. He wanted me to mow before the rain hit; a difficult task as I was just finishing my own perfectly manicured lawn. The tension began to rise when I explained how his last-minute request fit into my pricing schedule:

  1. The Friend and Family Rate ($20) = This is subject to change by how snotty you are if I don’t respond to your beck and call (See #4)
  2. The Convenience Rate ($35) = I mow at my own convenience
  3. The Use-To-Be Friends & Family Rate ($50 + the cost of gas) = (See #1)
  4. The Emergency Rate ($75) = My car payment is due so I’m mowing your yard whether you need me to or not.
  5. The It’s About To Rain Rate ($85) = You didn’t look at the weather and now you need your yard mowed right away.

His text request clearly fell into price #5. However, the argument was entirely my fault. I failed to provide my pricing schedule upfront.  My neighbor was under the impression that every yard mowing came in at the Friends & Family Rate.

To alleviate any future confusion…or fistfights…I’ve decided that I should print business cards with my services outlined (blog writing, weddings, funerals, lawn mowing) and the pricing schedule for each. I expect that I should soon be able to retire from my day job and simply drive around the neighborhood on my mower, cutting grass, performing weddings, the occasional funeral, and writing blogs about my experience, raking in the cash as I roll!