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I Wish Heaven Had a Phone

Many of us would love to climb a stairway to Heaven or to make a phone call to our loved ones.  Seeking one more conversation of encouragement, one more memory, one more moment feeling connected to that special person, and to hear their voice one more time. My wish is that we will make these calls now while we can. One of my favorite sayings is “Yesterday has passed. Today is a gift.  Tomorrow is not a given.”  Yes, we all have very busy lives.  Please don’t put off sharing your joy, saying you are important to me, giving words of encouragement or mending a broken relationship.  My wish is that we will always cherish these memories made, and the comfort in knowing that they miss us too!   For more than a dozen years, I called my Grandmother’s every Sunday.  At first it was to keep promises to my Grandfathers that I would help look after my Grandmothers.  Then it became a promise to myself.  There were days that I just didn’t…

Sick to My Soul

To quote Pastor Cline after the Las Vegas shootings “I am sick to my soul”.   A church, movie theater, school, concert – these places should be safe, sacred, and protected.  I refuse to believe that these behaviors are becoming “the new normal”  These act of hatred are not normal and never will be.  They are horrific. They are inexcusable. They are unforgettable. Yesterday the largest mass shooting in Texas’ history took place. A 26-year old man began shooting from outside Sutherland Springs’ First Baptist Church church.  As of this writing, there are 26 dead and more than 20 injured. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. My heart goes out to the survivors and their difficult journey to recovery. My heart goes out to the families of the shooters, what a heavy burden they must carry.  My heart goes out to the first responders who will forever have these images stored in their memories.  My heart goes out to  the bosses and co-workers who deal with the loss of…

Life Is About Timing

Life is about timing – expected or unexpected, for better or for worse, like it or not.  I know that everything happens for a reason.  It may take more time than I’d like to understand why.  Some things I may simply never understand.  Such is life. “If its meant to happen it will.  At the right time for the right reasons.”  – unknown  Merriam-Webster defines timing as: 1 a :placement or occurrence in time, b :the ability to select the precise moment for doing something for optimum effect.  Personally, I choose to think of timing as the lines drawn on the road in this journey called life. Here is an example of when timing was great.  I was a 19-year-old receptionist at The Production Company.  I came back from lunch one day to a notice on my desk that they were folding.  I could apply with the new start-up cable sports network, Home Sports Entertainment.  HSE is now known as FOX Sports Net Southwest.  I spent a few years on the production…

Proud to be a Geek

Yes, I am a geek and I am proud of it.  There I said it! Last week my friend Brad teased me because I was studying for my upcoming fantasy football drafts. He said I was a fantasy geek. I said there is a big difference in fantasy football champion and fantasy football geek.  He said geek. I admit that I was slightly offended and uncomfortable with the term.  The more I thought of it, yes, I am a geek.   If GEEK stands for Gives Everything Excels Keeper, then yes I am a geek.     I was surprised when I searched for the term geek how many different images and quotes came up. It seems I am not the only one who has a change of attitude about the word. “The word ‘geek’ today does not mean what it used to mean. A geek isn’t the skinny kid with a pocket protector and acne. There can be computer geeks, video game geeks, car geeks, military geeks, and sports geeks. Being a geek just means that you…

The Heroes of Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane (classified as Category 3 or stronger) to hit the United States since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in Rockport, Texas with winds of 130 MPH.  My Aunt Sam lives in this wonderful small town on the Gulf Coast.  While her house has suffered damage, thankfully she is safe. Harvey, much like life itself, was erratic in its development and it’s path remains unclear.  At first the storm was not well-defined and there was a chance it would not become a Tropical Storm.  Once the eye formation started, it quickly grew in size and strength.  Much like our words and actions, the impact of the storm extends far beyond the area where it makes landfall.  The slow speed and size of the outer bands of this storm will cause life-threatening, catastrophic flash floods and tornadoes in many Texas counties for several days. This morning KTRK reported that an estimated 370 billion gallons of rain fell here in Harris County…

The One Who Overcomes

“Small business isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for the brave, the patient and the persistent. It’s for the overcomer.” – Unknown The lure of the American dream – owning your own company, being your own boss. Having the ability to overcome the risks and challenges of starting a business. Having the opportunity to control your own destiny and to make your own mark. Many of us ponder – should I take the risk or pass on the opportunity? When I ask myself what do I want to do in the final years of my career – I want to tell stories through words and photos; and to help others solve problems. On one hand, I am confident that I have the skills, endurance, patience and drive to do this.  On the other hand, I am afraid that I am too old, too out of touch, there won’t be a market for what I am selling, and I won’t be good enough to make enough money to live on. It is…