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Hope

December 1, 2022

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow. Orison Swett Marden

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Reality check

November 28, 2022

A very young cowboy had an idea. Having a long time interest in how the brain works, I scheduled a sophisticated brain wave test with The University of Colorado Medical School. The plan…run a test while I listened to an hour of reflective, spiritual music. Follow that with an hour while I watched a politically […]

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Looking good

November 20, 2022

Sally informed me today that there’s a new fad sweeping the country. Since I no longer read the paper or look at tv news, the craze was new to me. My wife has encouraged me to give it a try noting that, as one ages, you have to think outside the box and continually try […]

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Ms. Yoakim Rules

November 19, 2022

This, my friends, is the famous softball field at St. Ann’s school in Prairie Village, Kansas. Famous…you say? Well yes. It’s where an ultra competitive fifth grader named Tom Finholm made the mistake of missing school when the softball season was nearing its conclusion. Little did he know that his assistant captain (Jack Holland) would […]

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The legendary Terry English

November 19, 2022

My great friend of 65 years Tom Finholm related some sad news to me over dinner Thursday evening. Terry English, the legendary basketball coach from Bishop Miege high school in Kansas City, passed away recently from a stroke. My thoughts and prayers to his family and the hundreds of girls he coached and inspired over […]

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Fabulous

November 15, 2022

Great news indeed. We’ve just received confirmation from the folks at The Guinness World Record office that Eileen Ochitwa is now included as a record setter. In a recently created category, she stands alone. Fastest Dog Treat Consumer. Ms. Eileen raced 7 yards down the hardwood hallway and devoured nine doggy treats in 3.9 seconds. […]

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Wisdom

November 15, 2022

Some wisdom from Harold Solomon on playing like a savvy player. This quote is from Paul Fein’s excellent book The Fein Points of Tennis. ”I tried to be calm out there, when I competed. You want to use your head…not lose your head. You want to figure things out. You want to be the problem […]

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The sweet path

November 8, 2022

‘If we are going to be fearful of anything, it should be the fear of coming to the end of our lives and thinking…’what if? or if only. We should not be afraid that we tried something, and it did not happen. Success is getting up one more time. It’s falling forward. Falling builds strength […]

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Be careful warning

November 7, 2022

Beware friends…The National Park Service has issued a warning to tourists. Please restrain yourselves and do not kiss the toads. It seems that these ugly critters secrete a substance that can be fatal to pets and make horny adults extremely sick. It is rumored that Pfizer and Moderna are both nearing the release of a […]

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Peace

November 7, 2022

Heavenly voices with a timeless message of hope. Just click on arrow and scroll.    

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Priceless

November 2, 2022

A story is told of a young mother who gifted her 14 year old daughter with a magic bracelet on her birthday. It didn’t look extraordinary but, as the mom explained, the gift might be the most treasured she’d ever receive. The bracelet was called  ‘mind matters.’  It senses when a person is upset or […]

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Train Wreck

November 1, 2022

It was May of 1965 and our family had just moved from Kansas City to Arvada, Colorado. Surely, you could say we’d never find barbecue in Colorado to match Gates, Snead’s or The Smokestack in K.C.. Before entering high school at Arvada West, a much younger cowboy decided to play summer baseball in a junior […]

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Delicious

November 1, 2022

For months, my better half…Sally Ann, has been encouraging me to eat apples. Yesterday, I finally relented and realized how delicious they really are. What people have been saying for ages is true. Growing up, we’ve all heard the famous proverb, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. The proverb actually started in Wales, […]

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Classic

October 30, 2022

A classic song sung impeccably.   Click on arrow and  scroll.  

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Meaning

October 30, 2022

It was dark outside when I woke up this week. The mornings are getting colder as well (yes, even here in Los Angeles). I like that The morning gets your attention with its briskness, and I love things that get my attention. My friend and TM teacher Bob Roth, who runs the David Lynch Foundation, […]

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Transformation

October 30, 2022

What a caterpillar calls the end of the world…The Master calls a butterfly.

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A Touch of Heaven

October 26, 2022

“They say you forget your troubles on a trout stream, but that’s not quite it. What happens is that you begin to see where your troubles fit into the grand scheme of things, and suddenly they’re just not such a big deal anymore.” John Girrach

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Hang in there

October 26, 2022

There are days, for most of us, where the darkness blocks out the sun…when, no matter how hard we try, the day is an uphill battle with the odds stacked against us. I find hope in this photo. Inside the darkness, there is a ray of hope…something to latch onto until the storm passes and […]

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Tune in

October 24, 2022

“I think we all get a call of some kind at various points in our lives. Maybe not a literal phone call, but a sort of suggestion or prompting that forces us to consider how far we’re willing to go to change things, or find the truth, or discover what we’re missing.” Lisa Miller from […]

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Love

October 24, 2022

‘To be a parent is to live the greatest love story.’ Lisa Miller from the book The Awakened Brain

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Possibility

October 23, 2022

What sense is there in gazing longingly in the rear view mirror when the magic of this moment and the possibility of tomorrow are  so much more compelling?   btw…the young girl in this photo is getting married next month in Kansas City.

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Intrinsic

October 23, 2022

‘You don’t need to exhaust yourself trying to find your own value. You are not an IPhone needing an upgrade. Your value is not a condition of productivity or exercise or body shape or something you lose via inactivity. Value is not a plate that is continually spun. The value is there. It is intrinsic, […]

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Hope

October 23, 2022

Nothing is stronger than a small hope that always looks up and never gives up.  

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Faith

October 21, 2022

We are called to be patient and kind…to realize and accept that there are speed bumps in every life. They slow us down and increase attention. Sometimes these bumps threaten to turn the world upside down forcing changes never before considered. Fortunately, we, like automobiles, have been equipped with shock absorbers to steer clear of […]

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The candle lighter

October 20, 2022

In The Catholic Church, I recall how a minister would light candles on the altar before Mass. Very reverently, they would move from one candle to the next until all shone brightly. After Mass, when the church emptied, the minister would use the  same instrument to extinguish the lights. The part of the tool is […]

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Creativity

October 6, 2022

It took a while to figure this out but I think it now makes sense. Driving to the tennis club yesterday, I glanced to the left and was startled to see the huge head of a Great Dane protruding from the sun roof of a passing vehicle. I guess folks have gotten very creative to […]

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Top shelf

October 1, 2022

A voice as pure as the driven snow.   Just click arrow and scroll.  

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Classic

September 30, 2022

There’s not a chance that anyone can top Bonnie Raitt’s version of this classic. Surely, this is a superb cover by two great singers.   Just click arrow and scroll to see/hear    

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Life saver

September 28, 2022

Randy and a very young cowboy had lunch with Coach Bob today and what a treat it was…made extra special by our terrific waitress named Dee. Coach has so many great memories from his basketball and baseball coaching career at Arvada West High School. He told us that a doctor had recommended he undergo a […]

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The battle

September 28, 2022

In the frigid waters of a Colorado mountain lake, two competitors battled for dominance and reputation. Neither feared this day and knew it was coming…knew, with every cell of their being, that it was time to rise to the occasion and make a stand. Life’s battles call for a majestic effort to confront our foes…even […]

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Thinking of you, Cha Cha

September 22, 2022

   

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Grit

September 20, 2022

Some people are, have always been, and will always be, unstoppable. Are you?

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World Class

September 6, 2022

  One of the neatest stories that shows why Roger Federer is beyond world class. Just click on arrow and scroll.   K

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Power

August 29, 2022

Ok…I’m going out on a limb here but here goes…this may be the most powerful song this young cowboy has ever heard. Just click the arrow and scroll.  

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Laugh master

August 29, 2022

Try not laughing at this character. Just click on arrow and scroll.  

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Smooth as Butter

August 25, 2022

Surely, one of the most talented singers in America. Just click arrow to hear song. Tip…don’t watch the video, just close your eyes and savor.  

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No limits tennis

August 24, 2022

The ultimate competitor. Click on arrow to see short video.

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Heart and Soul

August 16, 2022

  One of the best songs ever and a grand slam version here. Just click the arrow to see/hear this terrific talent.  

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Discovery

August 16, 2022

Love discovering new artists. Just click the arrow to see/hear a classic.  

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ATOB

June 14, 2022

I’m still hopeful that The Boston Celtics can bounce back in Game 6 and then win against Golden State in Game 7. If not, they should schedule a week long shooting clinic in August with legends Ray Allen and Larry Bird. There’s a reason Golden State jump shooters are more effective…they have better mechanics. Why […]

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Stanley’s favorite chair

May 15, 2022

Martha had developed a liking for a friend named Stanley. She decided to present him with a special gift for Christmas. By all appearances, he loves the idea of sitting down for meals.

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The town of Toad Suck

May 9, 2022

A very young cowboy is reading a book when the town of Toad Suck, Texas is mentioned. Not believing what I’m reading, I investigate and learn that the town really doesn’t exist. Fear not fellow pioneers, there is a town in Arkansas that is named…Toad Suck. From the looks of the picture, there’s loads of […]

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Destiny

April 29, 2022

We were at the tennis club when a front desk team member alerted my wife to a phone call placed on hold for her. I thought that was a bit odd and wondered who’d be trying to reach her there. She spoke for just a minute and then turned with a huge smile on her […]

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The Greatest Ever

April 17, 2022

The power and promise of another Monday is just a drop in the bucket compared to the love and saving grace of last Friday. Nothing…no inhumanity, no brutality could keep Him down. May we always remember.

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Old Lady Gates

March 17, 2022

The year was 1960 and three curious and harmless ten year old boys were seeking adventure. We followed the narrow, winding creek that bubbled along behind Neal Dufur’s house. A large snapping turtle confronted us and seemed to hiss and growl simultaneously. We continued on for more than a mile and our hearts beat faster […]

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It is well…

February 1, 2022

A cowboy prayed that on that very last day…vivid memories would stream through his mind like the water flowing under Bridge Crossing high in The Colorado Rockies. For just an instant he’d feel that heavy tug of the gorgeous 21 inch rainbow that ambushed the olive Woolly Bugger before dawn… He’d hold once more his […]

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Life

February 1, 2022

Take things in stride. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be happy in the moment. Keep perspective. Accept what you can’t change. Be strong for those around you and ask yourself how your disposition and reactions affect them. Take on every challenge. Don’t run away. Take ownership of everything that happens in your life. Learn it. […]

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Joy

April 17, 2021

“Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born.” David Whyte

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Thanks coach

January 28, 2021

A very wise coach was mentoring a perfectionistic laden young student and was making little headway with the player. Flummoxed, he went to bed that night and in the morning he awoke early. Two minutes into his morning shower, a memory from his playing days popped into his mind. You see, he had had a […]

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Ellie

February 28, 2016

A very young cowboy finished twenty-six holes of golf and was famished. A Mexican chicken salad sounded great and Cafe Rio was only five minutes away. Two twelve year old girls were laughing non stop while deciding what drinks to select. The taller youngster looked at her friend and said, ‘Ellie…I love you, you make […]

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Why didn’t I think of this?

December 2, 2022

Sally and her very young cowboy husband love to kick back and watch Shark Tank. Tonight’s episode was a classic. A couple from Loveland strode onstage to introduce their product/contraption. They, like most of us, are fascinated by hummingbirds. So, to get an up close and personal look at these fantastic, feathered friends, one just […]

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Creativity

November 29, 2022

Without a doubt, I was Ill prepared for the intensity of Covid 19 coughing episodes and the sore throats that often accompany them. Last night, I decided to take up residence in the recliner in the tv room. Notice, I did not say I chose to sleep in the chair as two half hours does […]

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Good fortune

November 27, 2022

There was a story this week about a fellow who fell overboard from a cruise ship. His mishap went unreported for a number of hours and then a search party was formed. Fifteen hours after the fall, the gentleman was plucked alive from the ocean. I wonder if he bought a few lottery tickets once […]

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Birthday buddies

November 13, 2022

It was Elliot’s birthday today and she was playing tennis like a person possessed. Pretty remarkable that she could play so well in her slippers! Her lefty friend Anna plays great in sandals too.

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Love

November 10, 2022

‘A mother’s love is indescribable…but a mother’s sacrifice is priceless.’ Cora Jakes Coleman

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Composure

November 7, 2022

Equanimity means to maintain mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a challenging situation. As the turbulence increases and the boat begins listing this way and that, take a deep breath and then two more … remember that the solution comes more quickly to those who take things in stride.  

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Free at Last

November 1, 2022

Well…with a gentle nudge from a great friend, I’m thirty days into a toxic cleanse from listening to or watching news shows. I’ve coined a phrase to describe all of them whether left or right….Agitation Stations. What have I noticed in this first month…a much less congested brain now freed up to consider more productive and […]