Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, September 1, 2012

When it comes to hurricanes, there are two major types of people.

One group is adventurous enough to think hurricanes are just one more adventure.

The other group gets anxiety ridden as a hurricane nears.

I used to belong to the adventurous group. Because we usually vacationed at the Outer Banks of North Carolina during hurricane season, we were there during four or five hurricanes. We regarded each one as an adventure with never a thought given to danger.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How loud would you sing if you didn't know you couldn't carry a tune?

How long would you dance if you didn't know you can't dance?

How differently would you live life if you didn't say the words, "I can't?"

We all have voices that guide and shape us parents, teachers, perhaps loved ones. But the most powerful and influential voice in our life is the voice inside our head.

That inner voice controls our actions. Sometimes our inner voice clips our wings and stops us from doing something we would enjoy.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

What's the biggest mistake you ever made in life?

My answer is, I gave into a lifelong dream and bought a boat.

When I landed my first job, the first thing I did after I saved some money was to buy my own car. Then I wanted to buy a boat.

I still recall the day I was riding with my dad and saw a bright red boat with a for sale sign sitting on a lawn. It listed $500 as the asking price.

"Dad, I can afford to buy that boat," I said.

I will never forget his answer.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

What's the most important thing you ever lost?

I thought about that question this week when I lost my cell phone. For 10 days, I went crazy searching every corner of our home.

Being without a cell phone makes me feel vulnerable. Leaving home without my cell phone is almost akin to going nude – I am completely aware something essential is missing.

How did we ever manage without cell phones?

One thing is certain: I feel safer driving with my cell phone handy in case of emergency. I especially feel that way when it comes to biking.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

When I called a relative to wish him a happy 65th birthday, he said the day was nothing special. He was just having a quiet day at home.

His good news was that for the first time in four years, he received a birthday card from his estranged daughter. It was just a small, generic card, he says. Totally without sentiment. Not enough of a gesture to heal whatever happened between them. But perhaps it's a start.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Near twilight, I sit outdoors behind my home, totally content as I listen to the sounds of summer.

The tree frogs are serenading and a bird that sounds more like a goose with a cold is making itself heard.

Then I hear a discordant sound that it is out of place at this hour trucks with big engines. When I go to check it out, I see a fire truck, two emergency response trucks and two police cars, all idling in front of my friend Kay's house.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

On an absolutely beautiful Sunday, we spent the day with other water lovers on Charlotte Harbor near our Florida home.

There were lots of colorful kayaks as well as powerboats of all sizes. Some were lounging on big yachts while others were bobbing along in plastic floats or rubber inflatables.

With so much to see, my eyes stayed riveted on a little girl in a tandem kayak with her father.

She wasn't just along for the ride. She was the principal paddler on the boat. At least she thought she was. Her high wattage smile was probably as bright as Fourth of July fireworks.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This is a story about one couple's unwavering walk of faith and the extraordinary things that came about because of it.

The story of Mike and Deena Van't Hul sounds like that of so many ordinary couples. They met in college, married, started their careers and eventually had two sons.

They went to church because that was the way they were brought up. But they didn't view themselves as especially spiritual.

One night during a special church service, they were nodding their heads as the minister talked about wanting to do more.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Growing up, I was just like every other kid on the block. I thrived on being outdoors, playing kick the can and playing baseball in the street.

One day we saw a notice saying the recreation commission was organizing a summer baseball league for 9 to 12 year olds. The day of registration, I showed up at Bunker Hill with my other neighborhood buddies.

The recreation director looked at me and said," You can't play." My neighborhood friends assured him I could. They should know. We played enough pick-up games in the street. I could bat, catch and run with ease.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sometimes, the Internet offers inspirational stories. The seventy-five year old bodybuilding grandma is one example.

Baltimore resident Ernestine Shepherd claims she was never athletic, didn't start exercising until she was almost 60 and didn't start body building exercises until she was 71.

Almost three years later, she won her first bodybuilding contest. Check out her amazing sculptured body on the Internet.