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Nov 21

Compassion & Generosity

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Values

As I was approaching fifty years old I sought the wisdom of my elders. I sought out men and women older than I was to learn lessons on life that they had been learning.

Monday I began a series entitled A Treasure Chest Of Wisdom. 

The first lesson the wise would teach us is Don’t Hold Grudges
The second lesson was Take Care Of Your Health.

Compassion Makes Sense

Compassion is more important than pleasure. Many people intentionally blind themselves to the needs of others. When I didn’t listen to my mom my mom would call it “selective listening.”

Oct 31

Halloween

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I hate Halloween!
I love Halloween!
Both sides equally passionate.

Here’s my take, I love people visiting our house.

Every year on October 31st many children and adults come to my front door filled with hope.

They come hoping for a tasty treat.
They come hoping for something to make their life better.

What they get is a smile, a sense of community, and a moment to realize that the world is a better place than it seems.

Jul 2

Remember Me

Posted on Monday, July 2, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, Relational, Social, Spiritual, TreeHouse, Values

Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come near and rescue me. 1

Sharon Williams is sixty-six years old.  She is a mother of five children, and a grandmother of several grandchildren.  Sharon spent her professional career trying to make the world a better place.

Several years ago she chose to hear God’s call to “remember me.”

Sharon was a good person, but with God’s help she became a life-transforming person. 

In the years since Sharon retired from public service she continues to serve the community helping organizations raise money from the comfort of her living room.

Mar 20

Coffee!

Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in Emotional, Financial, How To, Values

While we were in Hawaii Amy and I bought some cool souvenirs for her, my daughter Shannon, my son Josh and my son’s girlfriend Tay.

One day Amy asked, “Don’t you want any souvenirs?”  Then, before I could answer Amy answered her own question, “Oh, yeah, food is your souvenir!”  Unfortunately, based on the size of my waistline, I may have those souvenirs for a while.

Truth be told, I did come home with souvenirs.  I brought home five different blends of different Hawaiian coffees from three different plantations.

On Oahu we tasted our favorite coffee was the Dole Plantation’s Waialua Coffee.

Mar 14

Dreaming Of A Whale Watching

Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 in Financial, Intellectual, Spiritual, Values

Amy’s dream vacation — and therefore my dream vacation — was to go to Hawaii.  Not just to go to Hawaii, but to go to Hawaii and see whales.  That meant, of course, that we would have to do many things that we had never done before. 

As many of you know a very kind and generous man gave us his frequent flier miles so our airfare to and from Hawaii was free.  Thus began our scramble to do our part to make the rest of the dream a reality.

Jan 2

Christmas Recap

Posted on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Financial, How To, Relational, Values

This Christmas week was very different. For the first time since we got married we did not travel.  We had a great time the 23rd — our Christmas — but the 24th & 25th felt a little empty and lonely.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a peaceful and blessed Christmas week, it was just different than in the past.

Perilous Presents

If our family and friends depended on me knowing their interests and needs they would never get anything.  Whether I’m being frugal or I’m ignorant, I simply don’t know what people like.

Dec 7

Clean Water

Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values

I love this picture.  It takes me by surprise how much I love capturing this picture. 

 

This little squirrel lives in our backyard.  We call this squirrel “Junior White Paws.”

Junior White Paws lives with White Paws in a nest in the tree outside our sliding glass door.

Junior White Paws is an active little squirrels who likes corn, peanuts and clean water.

This little squirrel gets to enjoy cleaner water than millions of people on this planet.  Clean, filtered water — free from contaminants — this squirrel is among the wealthy and privileged class of squirrels and people alike.

Nov 1

Halloween Harangue

Posted on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Values

Curiously I googled “I hate Halloween”.  About 255,000 results.

There is a Facebook page “I Hate Halloween” and “3,701 like this”.

I have met many people who love Halloween, and people who hate Halloween.

One blogger ranted, “It’s not even a holiday, it’s a faux holiday. A Fauxliday.  It’s nothing more than a chance for Wal-Mart and Target to sell more cheap Chinese-made crap that no one needs, and a chance for Big Sugar to rake in big profits on cheap sweets none of us need. As usual, some Christians have responded in a predictably hilarious fashion, while others see it as a chance to engage in a little advertising for Jesus.”

Oct 13

Today is My Wife Amy’s Birthday!

Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in Relational

9493 days ago I met this really cute blond girl in the lobby of her college dorm. A couple months later I was thrilled she agreed to go out with me.  You can read more about our relationship here.

As Amy and I started dating it became clear that she set a benchmark of kindness, humility and thoughtfulness that far exceeded my own.

Amy does not pursue unsolicited attention for her actions, but I watched and wondered, “Could I ever be like her?”

Aug 30

My Story, Day 1

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in Relational

Would YOU like to read my story?

My guess was your answer might be “Maybe.  Yes.”

Yesterday, I began telling “my story.”  The “why” was told then. 

You can read it here.

I Love My Parents

I was born at a very young age.  That’s the joke I often tell.

I’ve seen the paperwork.  Here’s a photo of when I was really little, but I don’t remember anything about that time.  These two people do.

My mom, Karan, and my dad, Paul, welcomed little Scott into the world in the fall of 1962.