Author: <span class="vcard">klds</span>

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“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful”

Life is a constant process of creation and we will only be truly fulfilled and happy when our creativity is allowed to express itself.
Today- cook a meal, redecorate a room, take a picture, paint, plant a garden, sing a song (even if it is off key) Just have some fun some where in your day. Don’t forget to smile!

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“Wherever you go, there you are”
We tend to believe that if we were somewhere else- somehow we would be happier and more content. We wouldn’t! The truth is, if you have destructive mental habits- if you get annoyed or bothered easily, if you feel angry and frustrated, or if you find yourself constantly wishing things were different, these tendencies will follow you, wherever you go. As you focus more on becoming more peaceful with where you are, rather than focusing on where you would rather be, you begin to find peace right now, in the present.

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“Keep a sane pace.”
Today, more than ever, many of us live at a pace that can only be described as “crazy”. In addition to the incredible demands of simply getting by, earning a living, raising a family, and attending to our daily responsibilities, many of also attempt to partake in recreational activities and other ventures. The problem is, each of us only has twenty-four hours in a day. There is only so much we can do.

Keeping a sane pace does more than keep us sane. It brings richness to our experience that is impossible to experience when we are rushing around too quickly. There is something magical about having a little space between activities, a sense of calm, of having enough time.

I think you’ll find that if you can slow down, even slightly, the quality of your life will be enhanced in many ways.

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“If we weren’t all crazy, we would go insane” Jimmy Buffett.

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Well today is dad/ {{popup dad-5ish.JPG dad-5ish 397×599}}Poppy’s birthday- everyone remember to give him a call. Hard to believe he is 29!

“Remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it.”
It’s easy to see God’s beauty in a beautiful sunrise, snow-capped mountain, the smile of a healthy child, or ocean waves crashing on a sandy beach. But can we learn to find holiness in seemingly ugly circumstances-difficult life lessons, a family tragedy, or life struggle?

Somewhere, in the back of your mind, try to remember that everything has God’s fingerprints on it. The fact that we can’t see the beauty in something doesn’t suggest that it’s not there. Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with a broad enough perspective to see it!

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Today we had our convocation and the guest speaker was Jackie Pflug.As the article says- she was on board a hijacked airplane-shot in the head and left for dead only she didn’t die- her message was powerful and moving. I thanked God for the good fortune in my life- the health and well being of all my family, blessings beyond compare (healthy children, many children, love and laughter, successes and lots of wonderful memories) and it made you think about all the little things that bend us out of shape that really have no significance but seem to at the time. So today I make a commitment in my life to stop sweating the small stuff and I challenge all of you to do the same.

“Remind yourself that when you die, your “in basket” won’t be empty” -The purpose of life isn’t to get it all done but to enjoy each step along the way and live a life filled with love. Don’t waste any more precious moments of your life regretting the inevitable.

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Well we are blogging too! Just here to update everyone on “us” too. Kam will be starting flag football practice on the 20th – yes another era. Kenny’s 20 year class reunion is this weekend- look out all the guys are getting back together! Kevin, can’t wait to see you. Kay, can’t wait to see that tummy and catch up! I will be starting college courses full time at Oswego for a degree in Elem. Ed. on the 3rd. It has really been a very busy summer with some ups and downs, as I’m sure you know that our home was burglarized a few weeks ago. We will survive however. Well ta ta for now- blog later!

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It came in with a bang in the way of a thunderstorm. The sky lit up like a stobe and the rain fell- we needed it. I taught my first conflict resolution class Saturday (it went well), gave my in-service to teachers at St. Gabriel’s today (it went well), met with my UMKC colleague yesterday to design our new course (it went well)- tomorrow I am back at school! So today I will go finish decorating my rooms and take my last night off to have a little fun.

Stay tuned for more pictures of my house as I hope to paint the finale colors in the living room/dining room this weekend. If the weather starts to cool- I have to hit the barn (it is like a spare room- anything in the way- throw it in the barn and does it need some help!)

Any ideas on a new picture for the top- let me know- I want to change the lay out soon- open to suggestions folks.

Kevin- when you go home this Friday- show mom this site so she knows what I am talking about! Let’s impress her with a flood of blogs- tell us what’s up everybody!

Till we blog again…

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I don’t know if this is taking place where you are but it is in Kansas City. Monday night they say you can see a meteor every minute. Tonight I went out for 15-20 minutes and saw three- it was way cool.For more information- check out Perseid Meteor Showers.
I made three wishes- it can never hurt!
I wish you all well.

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Since we have talked about and have recently discovered some fairly significant health issues in our family I thought I would share this article.
This is the information my doctor suggested for me (not the diet/The Zone) but the concept of chicken/fish and veggies. This article talks about a lot of the health issues I currently have- aches in my joints, tired, can’t sleep. I have just started the zone way of eating (it’s a mental thing/ the nonuse of the word diet) and will keep you updated on my progress. The Zone does have a web site.
Till we blog again- Healthy Eating!

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Linda and I tried to finish the house painting this weekend- NO SUCH LUCK! We did complete part of the dining room {{popup MVC-522F.JPG MVC-522F 640×480}} The glass blocks are trimmed in wood that got stained, the upper wall is “Martha Stewart Soleil” and below the chair rail is “Ralph Lauren Suede Doeskin Grey”. We love the suede but think too much yellow is not good. We did paint another wall green and Linda said it had to go (she hates it) so it is a redo- I think it is going to the Suede and the other half of the wall- that runs into the kitchen is going to be a lighter shade of the Suede. So- more to come.

Linda starts her next 10 week session (2 left/20 weeks) and she will be done. The hospital she does clinicals at wants her to start work- she is not sure if she will do it (we will know when she comes home tonight).

I have “Back to School Services” today for my kids so I am officially back to work. I have spent the last two days decorating my new office at my new school- it is beautiful (I’ll take pictures soon).

Well I just looked up 17 of 48 articles for my college class and I am tired (remember- I have to get up early- UGH!)

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Well I have figured out how to change colors of links (now we can see them)and added some poems and quotes (let me know if you have some you would like added). My next goal will be to change the format of the layout but with school starting it may take awhile. Continue to enjoy and I’ll continue to learn- all suggestions welcome!

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To anyone who will be around, I am going to be going home the weekend of August 16-18. The rents just can’t live without me!

Anyways, it will be nice to see everyone and to get away from the humidity for a weekend. Talk to you all real soon.

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Hope this finds everyone cool…thanks for taking the time to sign up and keep in touch.
I made this post to see if it would change the calendar from July to August (it did). Still learning the program and checking things out. If anyone has any questions don’t hesitate to ask (I’ll probably have to ask Erin) but we are doing pretty good. Next goal is to rebuild the look of the page- this will take some playing around, suggestions welcome.

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Linda and I have been very busy with the money pit. We had the sewers put in this spring which tore up the yard and created some water issues (flooded my barn!) so we brought in a bobcat and rearranged the land, put in a patio{{popup patio.JPG patio 640×480}}-(we did the front flower circle too) we still are going to extend the poured concrete with paver blocks laid on the diagonal- you can see one in the picture (needed the pad for the future hot tub), put in two brick walls one off the patio{{popup wall1.JPG wall1 640×480}} and one leading up to the deck {{popup wall2.JPG wall2 640×480}}which we have torn off and are rebuilding (will finish it next year- ran out of steam and cash)plus {{popup steps.JPG steps 640×480}}steps. On the 101 days I redid my bedroom- finally scrapped the ceiling and painted it, painted the walls, stained the side tables, got new drapes and lights and pictures on the wall. Take a look at the before {{popup brbefore.JPG brbefore 640×480}}and after {{popup brafter.JPG brafter 640×480}}. Now school is getting ready to start both at Park Hill and UMKC so I have other work to do- the joys of home ownership!

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Hello everyone.

It has been very busy for me. But I am starting to reep some of the rewards, I am on my way to winning engineer of the month of July, as I am almost to $200,000 in sales bookings for the month!

Work unfortunately has taken most of my time, but I have been working on some other things as well like my golf swing. Just kidding.

I have been working hard to get back down to my college weight and have lost 35 lbs. sinced I moved to Florida!

Well, I hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to talk to everyone before then but if not I will see everyone at Christmas.

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