Emotional Strength vs. Physical Strength

Yesterday we hiked the 16 mile Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the best one day track in New Zealand. The most difficult hike we had ever attempted before was the 13 mile Bee Hive around Lake Louise in Canada. This baby was that … times three. It didn’t begin with gentle switchbacks. No siree. It started straight up, many…

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Winners Never Quit

If you even remotely follow football then you’ve probably heard about the Alamo Bowl game between Oregon and TCU, with TCU taking the Oscar for Best Melodrama this season. I went to TCU back in the 60’s, long before Coach Gary Patterson crafted the football powerhouse it has morphed into over the last ten years.…

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Fixer Upper

Is your life in need of a fixer upper? Fixer Upper, the hit TV reality show, pairs renovation, design and real estate pros Chip and Joanna Gaines with home buyers to overhaul homes that are in great locations, but desperately in need of a transformation. Chip and Joanna’s gutsy clients have to take the plunge…

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Inside Out

The brilliant Pixar movie Inside Out scientifically proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that we all hear voices in our heads. What a relief to learn you’re crazy just like me. Over the years, I’ve allowed Anger, Fear and Disgust to say some pretty nasty, derogatory and harmful things to me. Sadness told me they were just…

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Weekly Excerpt: Whining

Whining wasn’t my native tongue. I only became bi-lingual during my rebellious youth. It was the late sixties and while other more progressive thinkers were protesting injustice, hallucinating at Woodstock, and conscientiously burning bras, I was fully engaged in discovering the fulfillment of chronic complaining. My family of origin maintained strict virginity about whining. Every…

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