1. Thankful for the little things- like a stove…

    “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.”— Steve Maraboli November is upon us and it is only fitting that we talk about thankfulness. I have had an interesting reminder lately of something I have taken for granted for years. You see, a little while ago, my oven made an interesting “pop” it was a signal that said it was no longer going to be with us and that my days of baking in th…Read More

  2. When I’m 64

    "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now Will you still be sending me a Valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I’d been out till quarter to 3, would you lock the door? Will you still need me?  Will you still feed me when I’m 64?" Beatles' Song when I'm 64 Like many in my generation, The Beatles’ songs shaped many of my early perspectives on life.  As I entered…Read More

  3. The Best Place To Be

    How often do you find yourself lost in a tornado of thoughts? Thinking about the upcoming week, next month’s travel plans, what bill is due when … an endless world of worry and what if’s. If you’re like most of us, this describes your everyday mental journey. Let’s stop the madness! The best place to be, the only place to be if we want to truly live our lives with purpose and meaning is …Read More

  4. Conflict + Resolution

    The definition of the word conflict, when it is used as a verb, means: "to be different, opposed, or contradictory: to fail to be in agreement or accord" and as a noun, it means: "fight, battle, war." Conflict in relationships is inevitable. Interpersonal Conflict is a disagreement where two people see or understand something different than one another, opposed. We can't have a relationship withou…Read More

  5. Thoughts on “The Red Shoes”: A Woman’s Need to Keep Her Footing 

    (excerpts from Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Este´s, PhD) “Once there was a poor motherless child who had no shoes. But the child saved cloth scraps wherever she found them and over time sewed herself a pair of red shoes. They were crude but she loved them. They made her feel rich even though her days were spent gathering food in the thorny woods until far past dark. But…Read More

  6. Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, and Emotional Maturity

    Empathy is a key mechanism forming the template we use to evaluate our relationships.  The blueprint for this template forms as brain cells called mirror neurons develop.  These cells enable us to not only perceive but also to feel the emotions another person feels.  Like a mirror, we then reflect back to another that same emotion, through facial expressions and body language, tone of voice and…Read More

  7. Being Present In Changing Seasons

    Each year, as the summer winds down, I usually find myself saying, "Boy the summer sure went by fast!" If you have kids, this feels especially true. But, no matter what, when the temperature cools down and we get a little less sun each day, we have to say goodbye to what just was and welcome what's to come. A change of seasons and change, in general, can draw up past disappointments and natural fe…Read More

  8. The Power of Words

    The school year has started and the assignments are starting to pile up. Perhaps your kids are wondering if they like their teachers or even if they can make it through some of their tough classes. It is important for us to remember the power of words. Dr. Masaru Emoto did a study on water and the impact of words. Certain words were emitted over water droplets and then photos were taken. The resul…Read More

  9. The Dashboard Of Emotions

    This life often requires us to seek help to deal with everyday discomforts.  Being in community with others is often enough.  However, physical pain can become debilitating enough that we schedule with a physician.  We may turn to counsel for unique reasons, but what commonly prompts us to schedule is pain -- either pain for which doctors cannot find a cause or pain originating i…Read More

  10. I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE A LEGACY??

    I was reminded this weekend as my wife and I attended the memorial service of a 94-year-old long-time friend of the Emery family that LEGACY does have value.   I always intend for my blogs to instruct, challenge or encourage: This blog I hope will accomplish all three. Harold Bowyer (the 94-year-old family friend) went home to be with his heavenly Father last week and as we attended his service I…Read More