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Priorities

March 2, 2021

“Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” Rose Kennedy

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Appreciation

February 25, 2021

“No matter how awful your life seems right now, you have something to be grateful for: You have been granted 2 billion seconds on this planet, give or take. You are a billionaire!” Megan McArdle Maybe your dog can teach valuable lessons about gratefulness.

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Faith

February 18, 2021

A very young cowboy is midway through a book about the 33 miners in Chile who were trapped for nearly ten weeks before being miraculously rescued. One miner spoke of ‘the 34th. miner, my little compadre.’ ‘The thirty-fourth miner is the soul of every miner who’s ever toiled, the spirit of the God who protects […]

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Friends

February 12, 2021

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson

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Grandpa’s chair

February 8, 2021

What if you began, as a child, to record your thoughts about gratitude…about each and every thing you were thankful for? And what if there was a favorite place in the forest you could go to where in picking special flowers you’d be reminded that you too are special and chosen to shine? What if, […]

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Friends

January 31, 2021

“My door is always open, coffee is always on, and my sofa is always warm and a place of peace and non-judgment. Any of my family and friends who need to chat are welcome anytime. It’s no good suffering in silence. I have cold drinks in the fridge and tea and coffee in the cupboard, […]

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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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Blessed assurance

January 26, 2021

What if it’s true that you are caught up in a greater story? What if the day to day ramblings you’re immersed in are all merely minor scenes in the feature film that is your life? Would you still be anxious or upset if you…the actor or actress in this drama, could fast forward and […]

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Strength

January 25, 2021

“Sometimes the strength within you is not a big firey flame for all to see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly, “you’ve got this, keep going.” Unknown

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Hope

January 21, 2021

Richard Kerr and Will Jennings wrote a terrific song fifty years ago with lyrics sung masterfully by Dionnne Warwick. A very young cowboy heard the song on the way to work tonight and the lyrics seem especially pertinent this year. “No night so long that you can’t find the day… No day so wrong that […]

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Blessings

January 14, 2021

A little morsel for you spawned whilst driving to the river Monday. Our minds are like radio channels or frequencies. We control the channels that stream to us. There are some frequencies that are static free and play the most beautiful songs 24/7. They put us in this peaceful place where no worries intrude. There […]

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Holy Schmole

January 10, 2021

How is it that I’ve lived these many years and never heard of Tommy Emmanuel…or explored the genius of Roy Clark? The people I admired most resided in the world of sports…Dr. J, Pistol Pete, Magic Johnson, Jenny Finch, Michael Jordan, and Sandy Koufax. Well, time to add three more…Eva Cassidy, Tommy Emmanuel, and Roy […]

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Favorite Sounds

December 29, 2020

My good friend Hodgie encouraged me to try a little experiment. After relating a story about his family’s pet owl that lived in their house, he suggested identifying my top 5-10 sounds of all time. A very young cowboy loved the idea and decided to share it with friends. Here goes… The sound of kids […]

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Panic in the suburbs

December 16, 2020

A very young and tired cowboy was about two Ahhhhmen breaths away from la la land last night when rudely awakened by Sally. She was, and I’m not exaggerating, in a frenzied state of panic screaming ‘THERE’S SOMEONE IN OUR HOUSE.’ I jumped from my bed unfortunately neglecting to grab the Louisville Slugger baseball bat […]

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Wish I’d met you, Mr. James

December 5, 2020

A very young cowboy viewed a somewhat dated fishing video yesterday featuring a well known guide and author Ian Colin James. He and another angler were fishing streamers in very low water in Canada. Mr. James was utilizing a technique I’d never seen before. I decided to try to find him online to forward a […]

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Ascent

November 22, 2020

We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” Hermann Hesse

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Appreciation

November 22, 2020

It is a pretty safe bet that 99 percent of us will never be elite level tennis players, golfers, or fly fishermen. Given that, maybe it’s wise to embrace each moment trying to improve a bit each day.

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Back to basics

November 15, 2020

With all that’s going on in our world, people everywhere are searching for answers…contemplating how we can turn this ship around. Who can stem the tide that has been pushing us under since March? Who can bring our fractured country back to some semblance of togetherness? Some intuitively know that it’s not this candidate or […]

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Favorite places

October 25, 2020

The loveliness of running water appeals to everyone. I have never met a person who would turn down a picnic by the river. M.R. Montgomery

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Life saver

October 15, 2020

With flows down to a trickle, Deckers fishing is extremely challenging these days. You pretty much have to be content with being in beautiful surroundings with a chance to see some wildlife. The river has shriveled to where you can see every rock and former holding spot for browns and rainbows. Today, a very young […]