I wish You a Merry Christmas

Christmas

I love making wishes– whether for birthdays or for special gifts for Christmas. Over the years I’ve wished for all kinds of things—some came true but were disappointments like Tressy, the doll whose hair grew on television but not one strand moved after Santa left, and the list goes on. Others, like that list of 50 million things from the Sears Christmas Wish Book, never made their way under the tree. Nevertheless, my wishes this year are a little more mature and wide-ranging, and technically, they’re gentle, but familiar, reminders.

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May ‘41 Inspire, Move us Forward

George H W Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, is being described as statesman, gentleman, role model, Barbara’s husband, W’s dad, servant leader, best-prepared president, point of light, intelligence chief, advocate for volunteerism, the poor, and disabled, a man who wore greatness quietly, and the list goes on. These words describe a man most of us probably didn’t give much thought to on a given day, yet, no matter the party or person, Mr. Bush was admired and praised for being what former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel called “humble, gracious and decent.” If we’re looking for a hero and bipartisan champion, this legacy of service and uplift seems to qualify.

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Time Keeps on Slippin

Ain’t it funny how time slips away…

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When Al Green croons these familiar words, I sing loudly and probably a little off key but in real life, it’s not even funny how quickly time slips away. The closer we get to 2019, the urgency to pay attention at all times and places is matched only by the hustle and bustle of shopping, planning, and staying safe. Between mall and school shootings, gun violence, obesity, major data breaches, fights over toys and drive-by lanes, increased border deployments, immigration, it’s easy to have a mindset that includes everything but holy thoughts.

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It’s Your Birthday, so Celebrate!

birthday

OK, so it’s really my birthday but you have one coming or you’ve already had it, so, let’s keep the party going! I’ve been celebrating all month because birthdays are fun, challenging, and important—all the ingredients you need to live like you mean it. Here’s what I mean:

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For Veterans Day This Year, it’s About Thanksgiving

Veterans Day

I don’t think it’s coincidental that Thanksgiving and Veterans Day come so close together each year. Perhaps I’ve drawn a line where there isn’t one, but as we enjoy the marches, admire the handsome uniforms worn by our heroes, this Veterans Day I pray we will be more thankful and count our blessings twice for these men, women, and families who have sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy our own.

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Is What We See What We Really Get

Are we more than we have become?

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I despise hypocrites and for many years now, I’ve said “It’s not what you say, but what you do all day that counts!” I’ve repeated this mantra as fervently as if it had been handed down from Moses and set in stone though it was simply my attempt at being profound and a gentle reminder for how I try to live my life.

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Remember, You Get to Decide

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About this time of the year every two to four years we hear the same rhetoric, “This is the most important election of our lifetime.” This time the advertising may be correct.

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Start With Peach Cobbler For Breakfast

Peach Cobbler

October is National Dessert Month and though I didn’t create or designate it, I wish I had because any excuse for pound cake and peach cobbler is fine with me! Here’s what I know: when the peach cobbler is right, I’m not satisfied until every bite is gone. And yes, I eat it for breakfast, as a snack, whatever excuse I need, I take it. Pound cake and fried peach pies fall in that same category—I tell you, this month is about as close to heaven as I expect to get on earth!

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I’ve Got Nothing But Love For You

Sears, please don’t go, I love you so…

Sears

With financial bankruptcy/rescue efforts being discussed for Sears/Kmart, you’re probably wondering why I’m singing love songs.  Here are three reasons:

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Let’s Focus on What We Can Control

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ENOUGH ALREADY! In my humble opinion, no matter what side of the aisle you rally for, the drama/trauma that resulted in our newest Supreme Court justice is nothing to celebrate or be proud of.  That confirmation process is broken—more precisely, all the processes are broken, whether you’re in the swamp or on a road that leads to it! We, voters and generations to come, deserve and must demand BETTER–better media coverage without so many talking heads and obvious slants, and better, not perfect, politicians who are focused on what’s good for America and the world and not the next re-election!

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