5 Tips on Improving Your Writing Skills


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It boils down to this:  Read. Write. Review.


  1. Read more.  Yes, reading will help you write better.  As you read the works of others, you will become aware of various writing styles.  You’ll also learn new words and how authors make words work together in a sentence or paragraph.   Most-likely, you’ll see that writers use short sentences.  As you’re writing, take a look and see if a long sentence can be turned into two shorter ones.  Your readers will appreciate it.  Honestly.

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My Three Words for 2013

New Year.  New Beginning.  New Opportunities.  It’s that time again.  New choices to be made.  Where are you in all the resolution-making, goal-setting, scratching-your-head-looking-for-something-new-and-better process?

 Time Heals Nothing

Each year, Chris Brogan asks his community of followers to choose three words that will be the focus of the new year.

My three words for 2013 are: Live. Laugh. Serve.

Here’s the breakdown:


I promise  to LIVE in the moment.  I’m not going to get hung up on yesterday’s failures or missed queues.  I’m going to focus on the NOW.

I plan to be fully present in all I do.  At work.  In the car.  At home.  At the grocery store.  Everywhere.

Yesterday is in the record book.  Tomorrow is just that:  tomorrow.  Today is where I plan to be.  One-hundred percent.


I’m going to LAUGH more.  Can I share something with you?  Taking life too seriously will kill you.  Sure, there are serious issues to deal with in a serious way.  But, piece by piece the stress and negativity of your everyday existence will tear you down.  Don’t sweat the small stuff.  And, as they say, most of the stuff is small.

Negativity?  Being torn down?  I’ll have no part of that in 2013.


The plan is to do more than just “show up”.  Showing up is easy.

I will serve my wife and sons by giving them my full attention when I communicate with them.  It’s been a bad habit of mine to allow background noise to overtake conversations.

Television, streaming video, the internet, iPhones, iPods, iPads, iThis and iThat are all wonderful pieces of technology.  But…they have their time and place.  It’s too easy to allow them to take over.  Who’s in control here?

During the workday, I will serve my co-workers by making them feel appreciated and valued.  I will teach them and show them how to do their tasks easier and in the most efficient way.

I will give them positive and negative feedback in a humane, loving way.  Because, like me, then are not just employees or team members — they are human beings.

To all of you reading this post, I will serve you too.  I will share all sorts of tips, tricks, stories, life-lessons and resources.  It is my desire to help you in some way, shape or form.  Life truly is about making choices.

Bottom line:  I hope to help you Live. Laugh. And Serve this year.

All the best.

I wish you all the best in 2013!

YOUR TURN:  What are your plans for this year?  Leave a comment below.






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Life is Not for Cowards

Max Lucado is one of my very favorite authors.  I’ve been reading his books for more than twenty years now.  His writing style is wonderfully ‘conversational’.  I find it tough to put down one of his books once I’ve started to read it.  Seriously.  They are that good.

August 6, 2009: Late night hands

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We all deal with fear at one time or another.

  • The fear of failure.
  • The fear of not measuring up to someone’s expectations.
  • The fear of the ‘worst thing’ happening.
  • The fear of getting a disease.
  • The fear of not fitting in.
  • The fear of losing our job.
  • The fear of not being a good enough husband, wife, mother, or father


The list goes on and on.

Somewhere along the way, I picked up an MP3 of Max Lucado’s Radio Special:  “Fearless:  Facing 2010 with more Trust and less Fear”

Lucado hosted the event with several members of a church congregation and some pre-recorded questions.    They talked about fear and how they deal with it.

Fear can make us feel small and insignificant.  Lucado told the group that God doesn’t want you to face your fears alone.

I want to share some of the program’s highlights with you today.

  • Be honest about your fear(s).
  • Don’t go it alone (you need a community).
  • Fear (by itself) is not bad.  Sometimes we need it to wake us up.
  • Putting your fear into words (prayer) can be a big help and bring the fear down to size.
  • We can’t control everything.  It’s not who we are.  But we CAN go to the One who IS in control – God.
  • Don’t fool yourself:  Storms happen.  Life brings us tough times.
  • Fear will come.  Anxiety will come.  Dread will come.  Let it come and do its work…but then dismiss it.
  • Living in a state of fear is an unhealthy thing.  It turns us into control freaks and unhappy people.
  • Respond to fear with faith.
  • Fear:  a feeling that the world is out of control.
  • Keep a worry or fear list.  At the end of the week, review your list and determine how many of those things actually came to fruition.  More than likely most of them didn’t.   : – )
  • Keep a journal of all the times God has answered your prayers.
  • Memorize a favorite bible verse.  At the onset of fear, recall the verse and repeat it over and over again.  Some possible verses include:  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” (Psalm 23); “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians  4:13)
  • Help someone else through a tough time.  You don’t have to have all the answers.  In fact, you don’t have to say anything.  Just being there is enough.


Your Turn:  What are you afraid of?  And where do you find comfort when the feeling of fear overtakes you?  You can leave a comment here.

What’s Your Life Story?

I am constantly amazed at the power of God and how he intercedes with me at just the right time — for all the right reasons.

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I love my roles of husband and father.  I wouldn’t trade them for ANYTHING.  But here’s the thing.  I’m soon-to-be fifty-one years old.  I want to do so much more with the rest of my life than just go to work each day.

I want to write.  I want to speak to groups of kids and adults.  I want to encourage others.  I want others to know the never-ending love of God.

I want people to know they are so important to God and the world.  I want to let people know just how powerful words can be.

These thoughts tug at my heart every day.

And today, God spoke to me in a big way.  As I was searching the Amazon.com site, He led me to this daily devotion from Joel Osteen’s book Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year.  From the very little bit I have read, I am encouraged and must get a copy of this book!

Here’s the daily devotion for January 1:


This is God speaking to me.  I am especially connecting with the second paragraph (see the text I underlined in red) where Osteen says this about my dreams:  “…dare to unpack them today and ask God to rekindle them…It’s time to enlarge your vision.”  YES!  It is time.

It is the biggest and toughest thing I struggle with every day.  I want my dreams to become reality, but I seem to run out of time and energy at the end of the day.  I wake up each morning between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m.  It takes me forty minutes to get to work.  I work from 8-5 Monday through Friday.  I drive another forty minutes to get home.  When I’m home, there are always projects that need to be tended to.  I’m not complaining.  I’m so incredibly blessed to have what I have and do what I do.  Really.  I am.


Somehow I need to find some time to work on my ‘dream’.  I have to be able to carve out a chunk of time each day so that I can move forward with my writing and blogging and public speaking.  I am so frustrated by all of this.  Can you tell?!

We all have gifts and talents.  We just need to get in touch with them and use them for the good of the Kingdom.  What would your BEST LIFE STORY be about?  You can leave a comment here.

Back-to-School Tips for Students and Parents

Today is the first day of school for my boys.  Matt, a seventh-grader, is very excited about going to middle school.  I took him to orientation last week and he has it all figured out:  class schedule, locker combination, lunch time, the whole deal.   Nate, who is a high school senior this year, is not as anxious to go back.  What he IS happy about is the fact that this is his last year of school.  He’s already busy with college visits and applications.

I’ve put together a list of tips for both students and parents.  Getting a good education is the foundation for a successful future.  School should be a fun time, but at the same time, you need to make good choices.  Read through the lists and share your feedback in the comments area.

School buses in the fall

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  • Don’t skip breakfast or lunch.  Your body and brain need fuel to stay in good shape.
  • Stay current with your homework assignments.  If you miss a day of school, contact your teacher(s) for a list of work that needs to be completed.  You might also want to contact a fellow student to find out what went on the day you were out.
  • If you have questions or don’t understand something, make sure you ask the teacher right away.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Chances are — someone else has the same question.   This is especially true in math class.  Many times, one concept builds on another, so it’s really important to ‘get it’ before moving on.
  • Use your school planner.  Many schools provide their students with a planner.  If your school doesn’t provide one, get one and use it.    It’s really important to keep track of assignments, test dates and other important school-related events.
  • Remember to bring home anything and everything you need to do your assignments.
  • Do YOUR personal best.  Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • All work and no play makes for a pretty boring day.  Allow some time for exercise or something that you enjoy. Do your work.  Study.  But don’t burn yourself out.
  • Limit your television, phone and computer use during school days.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Wash your hands!
  • Don’t get all upset if your mom or dad pushes you to do your best.  They only want you to be successful.  Hey:  We all need a little nudge sometimes!
  • Remember:  you’re not perfect:  you’re a student!


  • Be involved.  Stay involved.
  • Each evening, ask your child what they did at school that day.  What was the best part of their day?  The worst part?  Talk through the issues.
  • Get to know the teacher.  You don’t have to be a room-parent or be at the school all the time.  Use e-mail and the telephone to stay in contact with your child’s teacher.  Let the teacher know that you want to be a part of your child’s learning process.  Invite the teacher to contact you if there is ANY issue or trouble involving your student.
  • Attend as many school-related events as you can.  It boosts your child’s morale and it keeps you in the loop on what’s going on.
  • If you have ANY questions or concerns, communicate early-on.
  • Make sure your student eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Kids will get sick.  Do everything you can to keep them well.  Proper diet, rest, and hand-washing are three good ideas to help keep them well.
  • A strict ‘electronics policy’ can help kids focus on their school work.  At our house, there’s no television, video games or computer time during the school week.
  • Help your student plan ahead.  It’s easy to get in a pinch where several projects are due the same week.  Make sure your student understands that planning and budgeting his time are two important life lessons that will keep him on track.
  • Know when to give a little nudge and know when to back off a little bit.  It’s a fine line sometimes; let your intuition guide you.
  • Try to plan your evening meals.  We’re not always 100% successful, but my wife and I try our best to use the weekend to figure out what we’re going to have for dinner during the coming week.  Thank goodness for our slow-cooker and re-sealable plastic containers!   There’s nothing worse than coming home from work and wondering what we’re going to have for dinner.
  • Remember:  you’re not perfect; you’re a parent!


Your turn:  what tips, tricks or advice do you have for back-to-school time?  You can leave a comment here.

Are You Moving Forward?

Given the fact that the world is constantly moving and changing, it makes sense to wonder if we are too.  If you were an automobile, what gear would you consider yourself in:   “Drive”?  “Neutral”?  “Reverse” ?  Are you taking advantage of opportunities to move forward – in the right direction?

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It’s been said that you aren’t the same person today that you were yesterday.  And, you won’t be the same person tomorrow that you are today.  Perhaps the changes are only slight; but they exist, for sure.  You’re a day older for certain.  Are you smarter?  Do you feel happier?  Have you taken the steps to get closer to the goals you’ve set?  In which direction are you headed?

While I’m a big believer in the ‘you’re never too old to change’ adage, I’m also a realist and know that the younger you are, the more time you have to make choices (take advantage of opportunities) and move in the direction of your life goals.  Back when I was going into high school, I took a battery of tests that were supposed to help me figure out what vocation/occupation might be a good fit for me.

Tests are tools.  Nothing more.

Honestly, I don’t recall what those tests told me.  I’m pretty sure they didn’t indicate that I’d become a credit manager or a support manager for a business development department.  They also didn’t have me pegged as a professional basketball player or trapeze artist. Which is good, because I’m not very tall and I’m not fond of heights.

If you’re not continually learning ― if you’re not taking advantage of opportunities to increase and use your knowledge ― you’re not on an upward path.  And if you’re not heading upward, you’re heading in the other direction.  –SUCCESS for Teens.

Teens and young adults:  this is especially for you.

In your teen years, you have the power and freedom to invest in where your life will head in the long run.  Right now is the best time for setting your life on the right course.  Habits, actions, and attitudes are powerful.  The earlier you can get on the right track, the better.  Putting it off is not the way to go.

What you’re going to with your life is much more than a question of what kind of job you’ll have or how much money you’ll make (although both are important).  It’s really more a question of what kind of person you want to be.  Now is the time to decide and take action.

 Older adults:  hear me out.

While younger people may be in a better position to make some life-choices, it is NEVER too late to decide to make changes for the better.  Just be aware:  there is a cost to waiting.  Whether it’s saving money or developing the attitude and skills you need to succeed.  It’s never too late to start.  But it’s always too late to wait.  The earlier you start…the better.  J

Your turn:  Are you truly in a mode of learning?  Young or old, are you making good choices that will be take you to the places you want to be?  You can share your thoughts by leaving a comment here.


P.S.  Later this week, you’ll have a chance to win a FREE copy of the book SUCCESS for Teens.  Stay tuned for more details for your chance to get this fantastic resource for your library – or to give as a gift! 

It’s Time to Focus on the IMPORTANT Things

It’s so easy to get swallowed up by our projects.  So much so that we almost forget that we have a family.  I feel like I’m there.  And I hate the feeling.  I really, really, hate it.  Yesterday afternoon was a bottom-of-the-barrel parenting experience for me.  I’m not even going to tell you about.  Just know that it was a “bad dad’ moment that I am not proud of.

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I’ve had an epiphany (with some help from my wife, bless her heart).  Between working a full-time job and my (selfish) self-interests (like blogging) I’ve become a part-time father.  I’m distant — disconnected from my family.  The bad part is:  I’ve done it for so long that it feels natural.  That is scary.  Parents:  you DON’T want to go there, trust me.


Perhaps I’ll find an early, early morning or late, late evening time to continue my writing and blogging.  If not…that’s okay.  I need to really (consistently) focus on being a full-time father and husband.


Here’s a list of some things I am going to do to become more engaged with my family.


  1. Stay off the computer.  At least until much, much later in the evening.  Family interaction is priority No. 1.
  2. Create some ‘family time’ where the computer and television are off.  A time when we can all be in the same room and talk about our day, discuss upcoming projects/events/family fun times, etc.
  3. Get up a 15-30 minutes early each morning so I can spend time talking with my wife about the day’s activities, dinner plans, what tasks need to be taken care of, etc.
  4. Kiss my kids goodnight and tell them I love them and that I’m proud of them.  I pretty much do this every night, but I want to be SURE that I keep it up.
  5. Make sure the house is de-cluttered and tidy before going to bed.  It used to not bother me to have things in disarray’ but, the older I get the more I’m finding that waking up to a messy house puts me in a bad mood (who needs that?!?!).   I seem to need more order and structure and clean spaces these days.   I’m okay with that.


I’ll try to keep you posted on my progress.  Depending on how much time I can spending updating the blog, you will hear from me sooner or later.  J

Your turn:  do you ever feel like a Bad Dad or a Bad Mom?  What steps did you take to get back on solid ground?  I will sure appreciate your help.  You can leave a comment here.

Decide to be Happy — Now

Have you ever found yourself thinking or saying, “I’ll be happy when…

  • …I get a new job.”
  • …I get rid of this crummy car.”
  • …my kids learn how to do their own laundry.”
  • …I lose twenty pounds.”
The big red one

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Or perhaps it’s, “I’ll be happy if…

  • …I get the raise I deserve.”
  • …I can buy that new cell phone.”
  • …my son makes the varsity team.”
  • …we can finally get some new furniture.”

Why do we feel like something needs to change or we need to buy something to make us happy?  Don’t get me wrong:  I’m all about self-improvement.  But let’s face it:  most of us are truly blessed beyond belief with what we already have.  We have a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, and a job.  Additionally, we have a family and friends that love us very much.

Maybe it’s Time we Become Content with Less

I recently came upon this website on minimalism and I am enjoying it very, very much.  Joshua Becker is the host of the blog and has also authored two digital books:  Simplify and Inside-Out Simplicity Both are available for the Nook and Kindle.  I bought both the books for my Nook.  They are enlightening to say the very least.  I encourage you to take a look at them.

Here’s a passage I want to share with you today:

Your happiness is not reliant on the acquisition of any possession.  Your happiness is based solely on your decision to be happy.  – Inside-Out Simplicity by Joshua Becker

We seem to be caught up in the Madison Avenue spell where we succumb to advertisements that tell us to buy-buy-buy.  Television, internet, magazines, and billboards seem to call out to us, “Come on, it’s easy:  just pull out your credit card and call this toll-free number.  You know you want to buy this.  You need to buy this.  It will make you thinner, sexier, full of energy, stronger, smarter.”

Have What you Love; Love What you Have

It was William Morris who said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  The more I read that, the more I love what it says.  My wife and I are adopting that policy.  We’re tired of all the crap and clutter that surrounds us.

We recently began a project to replace all twenty-two windows in our house.  Wow!  What a project, let me tell you!  This home-improvement project has caused us to take a look at other facets of our house.  We have promised each other that we are going to make some drastic changes in our house (physical) and how we live (mental).   In other words, it’s out with the old and in with nothing.


Your turn:  take a few minutes to reflect on what you are currently focused on.  Do you need to make some changes?  Rather than buy something that makes you happy, perhaps you’ll become happy if you get rid of something.  Please, leave a comment here.

De-Cluttering: An Example of Making Good Choices

Please excuse my absence for the past several days.

My uncle, who is like a second father to me, and a grandfather to my boys, was hospitalized on July 5th with some serious complications.  While I won’t go into details, I will tell you that he was close to death’s door a couple of time.

He’s had a feeding tube inserted in his stomach.  And two days later, he had his entire colon removed.  It’s a surgical process called an Ileostomy.  You can read all about it here, if you want the medical details.  Be warned:  it’s not for the very faint of heart.


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Life is Crazy!

I’ve spent a great deal of time at the hospital, trying to bring some comfort to my aunt and her immediate family.  It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride.  Let me tell you!

I’m happy to report that he is doing much better as of this writing.  He is out of the intensive care unit and on a post-operative floor of the hospital.  Your continued positive thoughts and prayer are very much appreciated.  J

On a more personal note, I’m here to tell you that, in addition to this blog, I’ve just launched another blog site.  (I swear:  it’s the Attention Deficit Disorder coming through again!).  I am going to REALLY try to keep both sites current with posts.  Both subjects are near and dear to my heart and I want to give them the attention they deserve.

To Everything There is a Season

The new blog is “My Clutter-Free Life”.  It’s been along time coming.  And with the visits to the hospital and going through such tough times, I began to think?  What is really important to me?  What’s important to my wife and kids?  Is it all the ‘stuff’ that we have lying around the house?  Or is it the time and connections and memories that family members share?

Stuff Be Damned!

I am at a point in my life where the stuff is no longer important.  Sure, there are things that have great meaning and I’m not going to part with them.  But…there is a great deal of ‘stuff’ that I’ve accumulated that simply needs to go.  It is beginning to smother my creativity.  (And it’s driving my wife nuts, too!).

What is all this stuff, you ask?  It’s a variety of things, actually.  It’s books and papers and kitchen gadgets and craft supplies and tools and DVDs and collectibles (that I swore I was going to sell on eBay).  It has simply taken over the house.  No, I’m not the hoarders you’ve read about or seen on television.  It’s not even close to that extreme.  But still.  It’s too much. WAY too much.

De-Cluttering is a good example of Making Good Choices

We all need to reflect on what is most important in our life, right?  And for me, at this very point in time, it’s NOT the stuff.  It’s the relationships.  The wife.  The kids.  Making a difference.  Creating a legacy.

Unfortunately, all the junk that I’ve dragged home is beginning to crown out the important things.  And I cannot allow that to happen.

It’s Time for Change

I invite you to check out the new site.  It’s in the very beginning stages, so don’t expect too much.  As with this site, I will sure appreciate your feedback and comments on the new site.

Your turn:  what has your attention these days?  Would it be a good idea to reflect on that and make some changes so you’re focused on the important things?  Feel free to leave a comment here.


Three Things to Remember When Your World Gets Turned Upside Down

Every so often, life throws us a curve.  Sometimes we can duck out of the way and miss getting hurt.  Other times, we’re not so lucky.  For whatever reason, we are in the cross-hairs.  Sometimes it’s the loss of a loved one, sometimes it’s a terminal illness.  No matter what, we’re in it for the long-haul.

Upside Down House

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It Started with a Phone Call

I was at work when my cell phone rang.  It was December 24th, 2011.  Visions of family get-togethers and Holiday time off danced in my head.  The call was from my aunt.  In a tearful voice, she called to tell me that my uncle had fallen out of bed.  He was sleeping and had some sort of violent seizure-like episode.  She found him with his face buried in the carpet, blood running out of his nose.  His lower legs and feet were still on the bed.  He was unable to move.

A Little Background Information

My aunt and uncle are like my second set of parents.  I lost my mom to colon cancer seventeen years ago.  She was in the final stages of recovery when her stomach began to hurt so bad she was admitted to the hospital.  The doctor thought it was just a side effect of some of the medicine she was taking.  He was wrong.  Dead wrong.

She had developed an incurable blood clot in her intestines.  She only had a day or so to live.  It. Was. Horrible.  As her oldest son, I was the one who told my mom there was nothing they could do for her.  Telling my mom that she was going to die was the most difficult thing I’ve ever had to do.

After she passed, my aunt and uncle took me and my young family under their wings.  My dad was having a very tough time dealing with my mom’s passing.  That’s a whole other story.  My aunt and uncle were there for us.  And have continued to be very close to us ever since.  They are wonderful people.

That Was only the Beginning

My uncle was in a hospital or rehab center for nearly SIX months.  He came home in late May but was still unable to walk.  He lost a great deal of weight and muscle mass.  He was thin, frail-looking and confined to either a bed or motorized wheelchair.

He had trouble with all the day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted.  Like eating, brushing our teeth, walking, and going to the bathroom on our own.  His world was completely upside down.

Why do I tell you all this?

I share this with you because, in the BLINK OF AN EYE, your life could be changed forever, too.  While I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, I’m still having trouble finding the answer in my uncle’s situation.  Perhaps someday I will figure it out.  Until that day comes (if it ever does) there are three things that I DO have figured out.

  1. Yesterday is gone.
  2. Today is a gift.
  3. Tomorrow may never come.


Every day is a gift.  We need to make the very most of each twenty-four hour block of time and not squander the minutes away.    We really don’t know when our time will come.  So I am suggesting that we all do the following:

  1. Exhibit GENUINE love every day.  Don’t just tell your wife or husband and kids that you love them.  SHOW them love.  Hug them. Kiss them.  Be there for them.  Go to the soccer matches, the dance recitals.  Take the time to put down your phone or put away your work-related concerns and listen to them.  Be present.  Look into their eyes.  Let them pour their selves out.  Take it all in.  Then pour yourself into them.
  2. Stay calm and carry on.  Don’t sweat the small stuff (and you know 99.9% of the ‘stuff’ is small, right?).  Keep your temper under control.  Take a deep breath and – move on.  Spending your energy on negative ideas or thoughts is a waste of brainpower.  Don’t go there.  Focus your time and energy on the positive things
  3. Think about creating a life plan.  Truth be told, most of us spend more time planning our family vacations than we do our life.  Crazy isn’t it?  I suggest you check out Michael Hyatt’s e-book Creating Your Personal Life Plan – A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You’ve Always Wanted.  It’s free.  You can get a copy of it by clicking here.  You just need to subscribe to Mr. Hyatt’s blog updates.  And, trust me; you’ll want to do that — his blog is top-notch in every way.

Sorry if this post is a bit of doom-and-gloom.  I think every so often, we need a wake-up call.  Something that shakes us up.  So we can snap out of our daydream existence and move on to something more meaningful and productive.

Update as of July 12, 2012

My uncle suffered a setback and is back in the hospital.  My wife and I sat with his wife and kids (and other family members) most of this past weekend.  It was a roller-coaster of good and bad news.  As of this writing, he’s doing better.  But he’s not even close to being out of the woods yet.

I will sure appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers in the coming days.  There’s power in prayer and right now, power and strength are two things my uncle can use.

Your turn:  are you living the life you want?  Have you shown your loved ones how much they mean to you?  What can you do to make every day a positive, meaningful event?  You can leave a comment here.