9 11, 2012

Spring Forward, Fall Back: Pushing Through the Setbacks

By | 2012-11-09T05:00:33-08:00 November 9th, 2012|General, Inspiration|17 Comments

Spring Forward, Fall Back   Spring Forward…Fall Back… Here in California that is an easy way to remember which direction to set the clocks when the time changes. But for me, this phrase pertains to a lot more in my life than just time. Whether we want to lose weight, build muscles, learn a musical instrument, take art lessons, start writing a blog, or begin a new business venture, we find that we will “Spring Forward” enthusiastically for a time, only to see ourselves “Fall Back” with some failure or hardship. Why do we do this?  And how can we [...]

24 10, 2012

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

By | 2012-10-24T05:00:40-07:00 October 24th, 2012|General|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 [...]

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|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 [...]

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|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 [...]

18 09, 2012

Sitting Outside: A Surfer’s Perspective On Letting Life Pass You By

By | 2012-09-18T05:00:40-07:00 September 18th, 2012|Inspiration|24 Comments

Sitting Outside: A Surfer’s Perspective On Letting Life Pass You By   Have you ever watched surfers as they sit and wait for the waves to roll in?  At most surf breaks, the line-up of surfers stretches from the inside section closest to shore, to the middle section which is usually at the most active peaks, to the outside section where a few surfers sit and wait for the largest of the set waves.   Over the decades that I’ve been surfing, I spent most of my time in the line-up sitting outside, usually way outside, waiting for the biggest [...]

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 [...]

5 09, 2012

Help! How Do YOU Answer the Call?

By | 2012-09-05T05:00:50-07:00 September 5th, 2012|Inspiration|17 Comments

Help!  How Do YOU Answer the Call? Help.  We all need it at times for a million different reasons.  It can be as simple as someone opening the door for you when you have an armload of groceries or as complex as a stranger pulling you from a burning building.  In either scenario, you are truly grateful for that gesture.  But does that make you think of how YOU can help someone else?  I sure hope so!  Whether you help a stranger or a loved one, the fact that you thought about them and chose to assist is more meaningful [...]

30 08, 2012

Have You Knocked At Every Door?

By | 2012-08-30T05:00:02-07:00 August 30th, 2012|Inspiration|31 Comments

Have You Knocked At Every Door? I'm reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Do you ever begin a book & realize you were destined to read it at just this time in life? That's how Les Mis feels. Yes, it's a huge, thick book but I like those the best. It's like meeting a new friend & having lots and lots of long talks. The right book can become a beautiful relationship & I already know just 1/4th of the way through Les Mis that this is going to be a life-long companion of mine. The pages of this book [...]

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 [...]

10 08, 2012

Journey Mercies . . . Life’s Lessons

By | 2012-08-10T05:00:51-07:00 August 10th, 2012|General|40 Comments

Journey Mercies . . .  Life’s Lessons When do “life lessons” begin and when do they end?  From the time we are born our days are filled with rules and regulations.  Do’s and don’ts that are supposed to make our lives easier, richer, fuller, better.  Don’t touch this, don’t do that.  Don’t hit, don’t say bad words, don’t be mean to your sister, always say your prayers, wash your hands before dinner, say yes ma’am and no sir, please and thank-you.  Don’t yell, keep your room clean and don’t say “hate”.  Just writing this takes me back and makes me [...]