24 10, 2012

Don’t Get “Webbed”: Halloween, Pumpkins and Spiders!

By | 2012-10-24T05:00:40-07:00 October 24th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|16 Comments

I love October.  Autumn is beginning to settle in.  My wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and her birthday.  We take our fall vacation.  We decorate for Halloween and my wife carves a few pumpkins.  Not ordinary pumpkin faces, but creative, scary pumpkin faces.  She definitely has a talent for pumpkin carving. At our house, October is also spider month.  We usually have six or seven major webs strategically built around our walkway stairs, deck and landscaping.  And this year, our garden spiders are BIG! Halloween Craft Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com My wife doesn’t appreciate the webs.  They [...]

17 10, 2012

What Comes to Mind When You Think About the Holidays?

By | 2012-10-17T05:00:04-07:00 October 17th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|19 Comments

What comes to mind?... when you think about the holidays.   I was shocked and I have to admit a little disappointed in my one word response to that question when it was poised to me. “Hectic” Hectic, really?   What happened to the sheer joy of the holidays that I used to feel as a child and young man? Where did those feelings go? Now don't get me completely wrong, I still can find some joy in the holidays and I’m lucky because being around my family on both sides is pretty much always a great thing with positive [...]

15 10, 2012

Are You Naughty or Nice? A Coworkers Perspective

By | 2012-10-15T05:00:22-07:00 October 15th, 2012|Community, General|24 Comments

Fall is a time of transition and drawing in. The holidays are around the corner and with them extra focus on family & tradition. It's a wonderful season. But do we allow it to permeate our workspace? I want to shift the focus from family to your coworkers. We spend so much time with these people, sometimes even more time than we have with our actual families & friends. Every thing in life has a cycle for change and maybe you need a refresher for your work relationships. So, how are your relationships with your coworkers? I've noticed that if [...]

10 10, 2012

Life Changes in an Instant: When We Are Faced With the Possibility of Losing a Loved One During the Holidays

By | 2012-10-10T05:00:53-07:00 October 10th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|30 Comments

The first day of Autumn has come and gone. Years of experience tells me that it is a downhill slide into the holiday season. The time of hustle and bustle has arrived. The streets, malls and restaurants will all be filled to capacity. It is the season of memories and family traditions and for some, a season of loss. This is the time of year when I long for my childhood. The holidays were easy and carefree back then. My biggest concern was whether or not Santa Claus would remember exactly which doll or bicycle I wanted. I knew I [...]

4 10, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall

By | 2012-10-04T05:00:11-07:00 October 4th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|57 Comments

Journey Mercies . . . Memories of Fall There’s a change coming, a really comfortable change. I love the fall and when I was a kid fall meant the start of school and seeing my friends again. Halloween was coming and so was my birthday. It meant Thanksgiving.  It meant that it was almost time for Christmas! Now that I am older, I can reflect much more deeply about how much I love this time of year.  The days are shorter and the air is crisp. Trees that were a common green are now vibrant with color. Beneath my feet [...]

1 10, 2012

It is an October in my Soul: A Tragical Fall Tale

By | 2012-10-01T05:00:28-07:00 October 1st, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|39 Comments

Is Fall your favorite time of year? I'm guessing if you chose to read this blog then yes, you treasure and savor the change in light and the color of the trees & look as giddily forward to October 1st as I do. For the last 8 years fall brought me charming semesters with my fellow English majors. Fall meant long evenings sipping lattes on the third floor of the library pouring over books on Shakespeare, Milton & Marlowe. Fall meant paradise for me. If you know an English major you won't be surprised to learn that they are some [...]

27 09, 2012

Preparing to Die . . . The Final Season

By | 2012-09-27T05:00:06-07:00 September 27th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|38 Comments

Preparing to Die…  The Final Season   My friend, Elinor is a deep thinker.  She doesn’t mind admitting she hit the big “7-0” last year, which is a milestone. Out of the blue one day she said to me: “I just had a bolt of realization! I am preparing to die!!”  Sounds pretty morbid, right? But being in the funeral business, we are surrounded with death and dying and helping those who are grieving.  When we can, we encourage people to pre-pay and pre-plan their funeral to save themselves money and extra stress when the time comes.  This is all [...]

10 09, 2012

4 Valuable Life Lessons I Learned From Jumping Out of a Plane

By | 2012-09-10T05:00:46-07:00 September 10th, 2012|General, Inspiration|16 Comments

4 Valuable Life Lessons I Learned From Jumping Out of a Plane By: Krystal Penrose   I’m dangling out of an airplane 2.7 miles in the air, and I’ve got “Dave the Dark Side” strapped to my back. He tells me that he’s going to count to three, and we’re jumping. There’s no looking back now. 1….2…. and before we even get to 3, I’m spinning, flipping and soaring through the air at a mere 120 miles per hour. It’s almost like riding the wild winds of a tornado. There’s no feeling in this world that comes close to jumping [...]

27 08, 2012

Journaling: The 5 Year Plan

By | 2012-08-27T05:00:27-07:00 August 27th, 2012|General, Seasons of Life|21 Comments

I began journaling when I was 5. I have loved writing and recording the memories of my day for a long time. Writing down the day's events was a delight to me every night. Between the ages of 5 and 13 I filled over 15 journals with entries, taping tickets to a movie into the page or a letter from a pen pal; I even illustrated some days - they were THAT good. As I got older my entries became less frequent and began to feel like a burden. I couldn't commit to all the detail I was used to [...]

19 08, 2012

“Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”: 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues

By | 2012-08-19T22:21:32-07:00 August 19th, 2012|General, Self-Help|26 Comments

"Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" 5 Things You Can Do To Bounce Back From The Blues   Something that may surprise those who interact with me on a daily basis is that I once suffered from debilitating depression. I am not announcing this for shock value or to seek sympathy.  It is a fact that I went through a period about six years ago when there were days at a time I did not even get out of bed. There were multiple factors that contributed to this dark period in my life. I do believe that I am genetically prone to bouts of [...]