Sad child looking out the window. Toning photo.

Undernourished

May 29, 2022

I read a page in a book called The Choice today that was disturbing. The author was treating a young girl battling anorexia. Here is how she evaluated the family dynamic at the crux of this challenge. ”The strict environment, the black and white nature of the rules and rules imposed upon the children, the […]

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Choice

May 29, 2022

“You can live in the prison of the past, or you can let the past be the springboard that helps you reach the life you want now. We can choose to be our own jailors, or we can choose to be free. Despite…and really, because of…the struggles and the tragedies in our lives, each of […]

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Sanctuaries

May 27, 2022

Yesterday, it was a beautiful spring day in Colorado with a bluebird sky and temperatures reaching the 80’s. Like many Americans, I struggled with the news of the senseless massacre in Uvalde, Texas. It sure seems that we, as a country, have not moved the ball forward in terms of school safety since April 20, […]

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When will it end?

May 25, 2022

At times like these…as we are drawn together by grief, maybe The One who made us is sick of our coming apart and unbelief.

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Priorities

May 22, 2022

“Let us endeavor so to live, that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.” Mark Twain

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Challenges

May 22, 2022

“Every day the clock resets. Your wins don’t matter. Your failures don’t matter. Don’t stress on what was, fight for what could be. “   Sean Higgins

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Sagging britches

May 20, 2022

This morning, Sally delegated dog walking to yours truly because of the rain and colder weather. With umbrella in hand, Sadie and I began our customary route. It wasn’t two minutes into the walk that it occurred to me that I must have recently been shedding some weight. You see, or surely better that you […]

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The Pistol

May 20, 2022

Wearing long hair and floppy gray socks, Pistol Pete Maravich arrived on The LSU campus like a tornado.In 1967. The Pistol would light up arenas around the country with never seen before shots, passes, and dribbling. In three years he would set the career scoring record of 3,667 points averaging 44.5 points per game. It’s […]

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Mischief makers of Prairie Village

May 19, 2022

The year was 1963 and Mike Hodes invited a group of friends to a Saturday night party at his parents home near St. Anne’s Church in Prairie Village, Kansas. Those in attendance included Steve Fasone, Tom Finholm, Cowboy Bob Fahrencroggin and MIke’s girl friend Deirdre Mura. Deirdre had earned a reputation at St. Anne’s as being […]

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Perspective

May 19, 2022

On the road yesterday to the beautiful falls at Tarryall Reservoir, a not so young cowboy reflected on reality. Two days ago, it was tempting to have a pity party concerning my now non existent mobility on the tennis court. With further introspection, I flashed on Connor whose sparkling tennis is produced from a wheelchair. […]

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Gotta love it

May 15, 2022

The Italian Open featured some amazing tennis this week! John Isner teamed with Diego Schwartzman in men’s doubles and reached the final losing a heartbreaker in the third set. Here’s hoping they play more together as it’s quite a sight to see.      

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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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Good old days

May 12, 2022

I’m looking forward to reading the book pictured here. Many times in the last few years, I’ve thought of how much simpler life was when not tethered to electronic devices.

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Fortitude

May 11, 2022

Tim Egan wrote a terrific book about The Dust Bowl and in two pages his writing excellence is on full display. As we deal with creeping inflation and continuing covid variants, maybe we can draw on the fortitude of those people of the 1930’s. Many details about these trying times are hard for anyone to […]

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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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Hope

May 9, 2022

“We can choose to hold onto the childlike part of us, the lively and curious part, the part that is innocent.” Dr. Edith Eva Eger

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Growing pains

May 9, 2022

“Maybe every childhood is the terrain on which we try to pinpoint how much we matter and how much we don’t, a map where we study the dimensions and borders of our worth.” Dr. Edith Eva Eger from the terrific book The Choice

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Answered prayer

May 6, 2022

Ten years ago, a much younger cowboy was pressed for time on a quick lunch break between tennis lessons. I inadvertently took a bite of a banana, and in my haste instantly realized it was much too large to swallow. Seconds later, a sense of panic overwhelmed me as it was impossible to breathe.  Remembering […]

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Oh my!

May 4, 2022

A very young cowboy is trying to branch out and add not so common subjects to my reading list. Last month, I enjoyed the fascinating book by John Burke entitled Imagine Heaven. This week, I picked up Beyond Death by noted authors Gary Habermas and J.P. Moreland. Both books include great stories about NDE’s or […]

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A no brainer

May 2, 2022

After much deliberation, we have decided to move from dog sitting to pet sitting. Our first experience pictured here worked out wonderfully.