A Picture of Contentment

A Picture of Contentment

Some photos are truly a picture of contentment. This is one of them. Do you have a favorite photo that communicates contentment and tranquility? I snapped this photo of my dad and my college buddy, Angie, in June 2005. The three of us were out poking around on Dad’s...
We Can Make It

We Can Make It

For some people, stating “we can make it” is not just an empty rah-rah phrase. Gracia Burnham is one of these people. Twenty years ago on May 27, 2001, Martin and Gracia Burnham were celebrating their anniversary at a resort off Palawan Island, the...
Dishing the Dirt

Dishing the Dirt

Here’s some dishing the dirt. There will always be a bit of Nebraska farmer in me. I can’t help it if I feel a connection to digging in the dirt, er wait, soil. You may have heard me share before that my soil science instructor in college lectured about the difference...
Teeing Up for Your Comeback?

Teeing Up for Your Comeback?

I love when people make an incredible comeback. I honestly applaud comebacks of all sorts from regaining health after injury and disease to refusing to quit when the odds look impossible. Merriam-Webster defines comeback as “a return to a former position or...

#$@&%* Pessimist?

Grrr . . . #$@&%*. In our world today, are you more Pessimist or Positive? COVID. Border crisis. Gas prices. Global warming. Gun control. Drought. #$@&%*. I know a number of people who get into a royal tizzy about most anything that doesn’t meet their...
Recipe for Success

Recipe for Success

Let me share a parenting recipe for success: When your kids mess up, look on the lighter side. Boy, I gave my parents plenty of reasons to look on the lighter side. I think you’ll enjoy this one classic “I Love Lucy”-style moment that spurred my mother to grin. Going...
Waiting. Again and Again.

Waiting. Again and Again.

Waiting. Again and again. Ugh. Do any of us really like to wait? I mean wait an unusually long time for a something we truly need or selflessly desire? I think most of us can handle waiting a few minutes in traffic or practicing patience while on hold on a phone call...
The Beauty and the Barbs

The Beauty and the Barbs

 Roses and thorns are the beauty and the barbs. The two are inseparable like peanut butter and jelly and salt and pepper. I am a rose fan but not a thorn fan. Who is a thorn fan, really? One of my long-held traditions is watching the Tournament of Roses Parade every...