A Special Time of Year

As Fall envelops our daily lives, memories and anticipation sometimes raises our stress levels. The planning of the Christmas shopping list, festivities, and decorating the place of dwelling. For most, it is a fun and cheerful time of year.

Yet for others, Fall can represent a different type of emotion – one of reflection, sadness, and loss. The longer we live here on earth, the fewer seats at the festive family dinner table there will be. Most times, those empty seats are replaced with new memories, loved ones, and new beginnings. The human heart has Continue reading “A Special Time of Year”

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Life Is Like A Drive … Through The Tree!!

Last year, we took a drive up the California coastline to see the Redwood trees. If you ever get the chance to do this, I would highly recommend it. The majesty of these giant trees date back several thousand years. I would consider myself as tall but when I stand next to any of these Redwood trees, I feel as small as an ant!

One of the famous stops for tourists is the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree. It is wide enough for most cars to drive through but you must possess nerves of steel when going through such the journey. I was unsure whether my vehicle would actually fit. One tourist yelled out to me – “drive fast!” With my son inside the car to enjoy the experience with me, I aligned my steel chariot, folded in the side mirrors, took a deep breath, and slowly let go of the brake.

Drive Thru Tree

As the car moved towards the narrow opening,  Continue reading “Life Is Like A Drive … Through The Tree!!”

The Next Generation Arrives…

Wednesday was fast approaching and I was looking forward to seeing my son and his new bride. After their wedding day only ten days earlier, I realized that once they crossed the front door threshold, I would be seeing the next generation of the family tree and all the hopes and dreams that awaits us all.

Ding Dong!  My heart was beating fast as I opened the door. I must admit – there were a lot of mixed emotions but that was easily overcome by Continue reading “The Next Generation Arrives…”

Your Cup In Life

Is your glass half-full or half-empty?

I have attended many self-improvement seminars throughout the years in my career and have learned many things. One thing I have learned is that how you live your life depends upon your answer to the question above. Of course there are multitude of personality tests to choose from that supports the answer and many will usually say out loud what they “wish” they were – an optimist or a pessimist.

The other day, I was approached by a smart young man who was complaining about his present circumstance. Continue reading “Your Cup In Life”

A Beautiful Wedding Day

The journey has begun for my son. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon wedding and the Lord provided the perfect weather for this outdoor occasion. All the fears of dehydration and sunburned guests were put aside as everyone sacrificed themselves for the love of this newly married couple.

The venue was fantastic and with over 260 guests (including many children), the blending of two families was off to a Continue reading “A Beautiful Wedding Day”