Mess or Master Piece?

When your twelve-year-old asks to bake cookies and you already have your hands full with packing up leftovers and washing dishes after your dinner guests have left, you may opt to respond as I did by simply stating "You are old enough to read the directions and follow instructions.  The butter is already soft and … Continue reading Mess or Master Piece?

She Never Suspected This From Her New Boyfriend!

Many people may suggest that the current age of social media is a prime opportunity to pursue a new relationship or meet someone who they would otherwise never run into in person.  I agree that it opens doors to expand ones' horizons on the dating scene but it can also be very misleading, deceptive and … Continue reading She Never Suspected This From Her New Boyfriend!

Throwback to Yester Year!

Depending on your age and the area of the country in which you were raised, your memories of "throw backs" from child could vary vastly from the illustration assigned to this post.  Tonight I took my 12-year-old and his friends roller skating for this birthday.  It's difficult to find roller rinks in 2018 and if … Continue reading Throwback to Yester Year!

Become a Gold Kinabalu Orchid!

Rothschild's Slipper Orchid is the most expensive orchid in the world.  Nicknamed "Gold of Kinabalu Orchid", it grows on the slope of Mt. Kinabalu in Malaysia and is an endangered species.  It is illegal to pick the Orchid even though there may be a few still accessible at the Kinabalu National Park so if you … Continue reading Become a Gold Kinabalu Orchid!

Is she more distracted than informed?

In the world of social media, I'm learning that its more difficult to find and secure REAL people who want to be connected with REAL experiences.  Although I'm fully aware that many use these platforms more as a means of escaping the real world rather than participating in it, I'm still absolutely floored by the … Continue reading Is she more distracted than informed?

Scared to Life!

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself.  In the words of  Julia Roberts, from one of my favorite movies Pretty Woman, "I could almost pee in my pants"! For now I'll just cross my legs instead but you get the general idea.  There's no new man, great job opportunity, fancy foreign car in my … Continue reading Scared to Life!

Have You Checked Your Failure List?

As we move into 2018 I've spent some time in reflection and I've drawn a very specific conclusion; all of my failures have led up to this very moment in which I need to make a decision to either apply the lessons or go back through the cycle of those failures all over again.  No-one typically … Continue reading Have You Checked Your Failure List?

The Power of Focus

If you've ever had to host overnight guest during a Holiday season like Thanksgiving or Christmas then you know the level of planning, cleaning, scheduling and preparation necessary to ensure a successful visit for your family and guests.  When you have a family of your own your normal routine doesn't allow for much room to … Continue reading The Power of Focus

The PINNACLE Only Comes with the CLIMB!

  Today I had the honor and privilege to do a mountain hike of Crowder's Mountain NC with my seventeen year old daughter, my girlfriend for her 45th birthday and 3 additional ladies that I met for the first time this morning.  It had been 22 years since the last time I hiked and I … Continue reading The PINNACLE Only Comes with the CLIMB!