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Monday Mottoes – #196

A lot of transitions occurring at our house. Everybody is involved in some sort of change— a couple of them being pushed and pulled into the future and others leaping their way there. It’s all in the mindset, I’m convinced of it. The fact is, everybody is capable. Either find a niche where you naturally…


Semi-Adult Children Who Desperately Need Guidance

Two young men in their twenties have recently hit international news headlines and it’s not for helping little old ladies across the street. Though vastly different, their stories are similar in their tragic nature. Two men on the cusp of adulthood, their futures cut short through the poor choices executed. Now, as a parent of…


Monday Mottoes – #194

Everyone has a lot to accomplish, between work and family, leisure and upkeep of homes or cars. These things take time, not to mention community or volunteer obligations. So much vies for our attention, even in our careers, how do we maintain our focus? I have friends who laugh at me because I can multitask…


Celebrating The Six-Day War: 50 Years Later

For ten points: how long was the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War of 1967? Believe it or not, I know people who have gotten the answer wrong…. But more often than that, they don’t understand how the Jewish State has been attacked time and again. For some odd reason, they believe that Israel has been the aggressor…


Monday Mottoes – #193

Incremental steps, I remind myself. Baby steps, when I really need to be taking weightless, moon-walk leaps. But Rome was not built in a day. And neither will our lives. Have you ever been trying so hard to complete a project that each setback looms big on the horizon? There are so many interchangeable, interdependent…


Monday Mottoes – #192

It’s Memorial Day in the U.S. and our thoughts reach beyond barbecues and the beach to those who served our country. They laid their lives on the line so that we might have freedom. So today, we honor those who gave their all. It was not in vain. Which brings us to two quotes: “America’s…


Cause for Celebration

I’m in the midst of a very busy time of life. This season, which has nothing to do with seasons of the year, has been particularly stressful. I need grace under pressure. Lots of it. Pulling myself out of bed this morning after three hours of sleep, I realized that I must count my blessings….


Monday Mottoes – #191

The headlines over the weekend said it all: “At Least 3 Climbers Dead, 1 Missing After Tragic Weekend On Mount Everest”. These were smart people, educated people, athletic people. Why risk it all to say you had conquered a particular summit such as Everest? Personally, I don’t get it. I guess my life is extreme…


Monday Mottoes – #190

Today we are entering the positivity zone. I tell you, most days I’m around people who could turn anything positive into an absolute negative: from a sunny, gorgeous day, to a happy getaway vacation, to a bouquet of roses, to a healthy body, or gainful employment. There’s always something wrong. And they want to blame…


In Transit: Me and My Birthday Baloney Sandwich

In transit. That could be the story of my life. I seem to always be in one locale… and headed for another. Pressing forward, moving on, not stagnant. That could be an epitaph of sorts: In Transit. I’ve seen many that are worse…. So, yesterday was my birthday. Today is Israel’s birthday. Great ones tend…