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Monday Mottoes – #61

One day at a time. One step at a time. Break it down into manageable steps. Don’t take on more than you can handle. All wise words. I like looking at the big picture, but, let’s be honest, sometimes the big picture is simply… too big. It can be overwhelming. Maybe you’re facing a health…

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Monday Mottoes – #60

What makes you spring from your bed in the morning? What gets you motivated? What puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step? In general, that’s the direction in which you should head. Not that we always undertake activities that are pleasant, enjoyable, and amusing; however, the alternative is not the…

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Monday Mottoes – #59

Have you ever tried to ask a friend or family member for moral support? You know, you can’t take it anymore, or you need a change in your life, or someone’s working against you, and you feel the need to have someone in your court? It’s a sad day when that supposedly trusted person decides…

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Morning on the Golf Course

“The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy” (Psalm 65:8). ———-

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Positive Peer Pressure

How do we keep our kids on the straight and narrow in this day and age, you ask? Carefully, very carefully. In a nutshell, we limit their access to everything. The goal is to keep them safe until they can make wise decisions for themselves. Do we ever let them mess-up? Only every day. However,…

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Monday Mottoes – #58

Today is Monday, the start of a wonderful, new week, full of potential. The possibilities are almost limitless. Everything can change in a moment, an instant, when you say the right thing, or make the right contact, or close the right deal. Sure, it’s an uphill battle at times. Maybe the children struggle with school,…

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L’Shana Tova 5775

Happy New Year! Wednesday night through Friday night this week marks the start of the Jewish New Year 5775. This begins the High Holy Days, the Days of Awe, when folks examine their ways leading up to Yom Kippor, the Day of Atonement. On Rosh Hashana, “the head of the year”, we enjoy apples dipped…

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God Bless You

I stopped for five minutes in a store, aiming to pick up a random birthday gift before our oldest turns 18. We already had some nice presents, but I was looking for the fun factor. While checking out a few things and coming to no firm decision, someone sneezed nearby. She was not browsing that…

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Rough Times in Russia

Russia’s day of retribution is coming. You mistreat orphans, you invade other countries, and it’s going to come back to haunt you. According to my worldview, whatever you sow, you’re going to reap. It may be sooner, it may be later, but life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Many of Russia’s actions in recent years…

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Monday Mottoes – #57

“Easy money, ka-ching, ka-ching!” our youngest daughter, almost 14, enthuses. I am not amused. How she has developed a love for money, and a desire for “easy money”, I have no idea. But I believe it’s born of low self-esteem. “Why can’t you work like other people?” I gently probe. “You’re smart, outgoing, have lots…

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