- 5:59 pm Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 by Staff Writer
I think one of the greatest gifts of my parents gave us kids, was the gift of great memories.
I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood, growing up with my siblings, our family, and our circle of friends. We went camping and boating and fishing and had thousands of cookouts and barbecues… OK maybe hundreds. But every holiday, and especially in the summer, we spent countless hours at the beach, on a lake, or in a river, having fun.
I’ve tried to re-create those memories for my children and a multitude of other children that I love.
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- 5:28 pm Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 by Staff Writer
All month long we’ve been discussing the concept of Anticipating Greatness. It seemed to be a good time to do so what with all the graduation and wedding planning going on.
When you think of future happenings, anticipate all the wondrous, marvelous, miraculous, fun, fulfilling, and exciting things… too many of us are addicted to gloom and doom, predicting nothing but everything that can go wrong.
Are you on a journey? Is a new chapter opening up for you? Are you one of the many graduates or someone that will be exchanging nuptials this summer? Maybe you’re starting a new job, retiring [More]
- 5:18 pm Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer
I’ve spent time lately wondering why we are programmed to anticipate the WORST. I suppose it’s all part of self-preservation, after all, it would be foolish to think that we are immune to the negative forces of the world, that we could never come to harm physically or emotionally, and those we love and care for are too, immune.
But… How did this instinct for self-protection become, for many, the addiction to WORRY, to imagining the most terrible outcome of any situation, or even manifesting a situation that doesn’t yet exist. How do we become trapped in fear and anxiety?
Guess what? [More]
- 12:26 pm Thursday, May 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Are you anticipating greatness today? This week, month or year?
I hope so. I hope you are looking forward with anticipation to greatness in yourself, your family and your community.
When we forget to anticipate greatness, and joy, and happiness, and instead focus on the negative, the oppressive, the miserable little things, we begin to live in fear and dread. Doing that messes with our health, our relationships, and our serenity.
While it’s important to prepare for the worst (emergency stores, emergency funds) anticipate the best!
If you’re a “future tripper” anticipate fun trips! What have you got to look forward to in late [More]
- 12:16 pm Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by Staff Writer
Ah May, glorious, glorious, May!
Stepping out my door, I’m delightfully assaulted by the scenes and scents of May. Daffodils, tulips, bluebells. Plum, apple, cherry, and pear blossoms. Twining grape, wisteria, passion, and clematis vine. Although Pacific Northwest skies are still more drizzle than dazzle, the buds and blooms don’t seem to take notice.
I hope you all survived the unrest that has come to define May Day in our country. Remember when it was all about construction paper cones filled with rhodie blooms? Knocking and running and watching as the neighbor found your surprise? I sure do.
That’s how we still celebrate [More]