Our Lives

  • What Part of Your Life Needs New Landscaping?

    Good landscaping invites, enhances and complements. Recently, the grounds committee at my church decided that the property could use a fresh look. The landscaper got to work, and now the facilities are verdant and inviting. Change is not only necessary – it is often healthy. A new room color, with furniture rearranged, can add visual appeal and improved comfort. An updated hairstyle or clothing can increase ...

    Posted at June 6, 2015 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Blogging Sabbatical

    Last fall, I decided to take a sabbatical from blogging for The Entrepreneur's Friend ®. Why?  I am using the time to focus on books that will be introduced via Amazon -- hopefully by May 1, 2015! In the meantime, check out the category "cloud" on the right of each web page.  It will lead you to over 180 blogs related to: Our Work - Plan, Produce, ...

    Posted at September 27, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Our Work | 0 Comment
  • Step Up to the Plate

    We are all familiar with the Scout motto:  Be Prepared!  All aspects of life benefit from preparation.  But, we need to be able to go beyond preparation and have the willingness to take action when action is required. It is much easier to take action when we expect the need to arise.  But, sometimes we are taken off guard. When my daughter was in the seventh grade, I volunteered to chaperone at the middle school’s eighth grade ...

    Posted at August 29, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • Contingency Planning for Life

    I probably do not have to convince you that life is full of surprises – some good and some bad.  Thus, the Scout motto, “Be Prepared,” is appropriate for both work and life. Planning is an important aspect of being prepared.  Some of us love to plan in great detail.  ...

    Posted at August 22, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Uncategorized | 0 Comment
  • Outsource Personal Projects

    When we are self-employed, it can be tempting to tackle home projects on our own – such as painting and landscaping.  However, doing it ourselves may not be the wisest use ...

    Posted at August 19, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Beauty Stirs the Soul

    Why does beauty stir our minds and hearts?  Why does looking at the natural world create feelings of deep joy? I cannot answer those questions.  However, I experienced these feelings during two recent weeks spent in Alaska.  There is one word to describe the scenery there:  spectacular! For the ...

    Posted at August 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Lemonade-Stand Lesson

    In warmer weather, small kid-run businesses pop up from time to time, offering cookies, lemonade and more.  When I see one of these, I always buy something.  I want to encourage entrepreneurship! At age seven, our daughter did quite well with her own small business effort.  A cousin had noted that yard sales should always be accompanied by a refreshment stand.  She ...

    Posted at August 1, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Help a Kid Understand Business

    There are far too many people who do not understand how a business operates!  Sometimes our own family members – especially the younger ones -- are oblivious to the central functioning of a business. This summer, when you are traveling with your own children, other young family members or friends, seek out opportunities to ...

    Posted at July 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Have We Forgotten the Importance of Applause?

    Proper etiquette at a non-worship event is to clap our hands at the end of each individual performance, thereby demonstrating our appreciation.  This can range from polite applause to enthusiastic affirmation with shouts and whistles – depending on our reaction and personal comfort level.  Recently, however, I have noticed that many of us have forgotten the importance of applause. Last Sunday evening, ...

    Posted at July 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment
  • Our Lives: When Garbage Comes In

    Someone in every household removes the trash on a regular basis.  Garbage leaves our home and good riddance!  But, are we paying attention to the garbage that enters into our daily lives? The easiest way to deal with this “living” garbage is to avoid contact.  However, that is ...

    Posted at July 12, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment