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Blessings

I started my day today in a deer blind in the far northeast corner of the in-law’s farm. I enjoy hunting, but not for the same reasons I did when I was in my 20’s and 30’s. Back then, my only goal was to harvest a whitetail buck, and I’m happy to say I did on many occasions…

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A Good Day – According to a Four Year Old!

Just the other day on our way home from school and work, I asked my daughter Eva how her day was. She excitedly replied, “Great.” She went on to say, “How was your’s daddy?” With the same enthusiasm as Eva, I replied: “great too.” I peeked in the rearview mirror to see her smiling…

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Tick Tock

If experience were the best teacher, then all of the “mature” people would be running the world. They would be the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, have all the wealth, and hold all the most influential positions. Of course, that is not the case because “experience” is not the best teacher…

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Grit & Grace

If you’re like me when you the hear the word grit, you can’t help but think of the 1969 John Wayne classic movie True Grit. In the movie, Frank Ross is killed by his hired hand, Tom Chaney. Frank’s daughter, Maddie, wants justice, so she travels to Ft. Smith Arkansas where she hires U.S. Marshall Reuben “Rooster” J. Cogburn (John Wayne) to track down…

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

Before Christmas last year, my daughter, Jordan, told me she was going to Asia. I said, “well, that is fantastic!” But, inside I was full of apprehension and fear. After all, she is my daughter and was 24 at the time. She has lived and traveled extensively abroad. Yet, I suspect a father’s concern will always be present regardless of how old his children are…

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If I had a Nickel

If I had a nickel for everytime someone asked me what I do during the summer, I would surely be able to afford a Caribbean Cruise. I am finishing my 27th year in education, and as the summer months approach friends, acquaintances, strangers, and Facebook followers inquire what I do with my three months off each year – I only wish….

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Monday Calls and Mother’s Day

It took me nearly five years to break the habit of the Monday call after mom passed. I would pick up the phone, let it ring and then remember.

For years, every Monday I would call my mom on the way home from work. It was my routine and one that I sometimes dreaded…

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Lucky

April Fool’s Day 2013 was like no other April Fool’s Day. It was on this day our dog, Lucky was born. Or we think he was born, because we don’t actually know the exact day he was born. However, after the series of events that led him to become a part of our family, we felt April Fool’s day was, and still is, the appropriate day to celebrate his birthday…

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Say “Hi,” and Live to be 100

The other night at the grocery store people were scurrying about grabbing last minute Valentine’s gifts before heading home after work. I was grabbing some chicken to grill when I ran into my yoga friend, Pete. I was caught off guard to see him at the grocery store; this location was out of context…

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If at First You Don’t Succeed

February is without a doubt my favorite month of the year. It starts with Groundhog Day, reminding us that Spring is not far away. The month ends with my birthday (February 26 if you’re wondering). Most importantly, February is home to St. Valentine’s Day! The one day a year it is ok…no, it is imperative, that you woo your special someone…

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Hide & Seek and Priorities

Just the other day, out of the blue my three-year-old daughter, Eva, asked me to play “hide and seek.” It made me smile ear to ear! I didn’t realize she knew the game, and fond memories flooded my thoughts of playing hide and seek, war, and fishing along the banks of the small creek close to my childhood home in Turley, Oklahoma…

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