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Family Relationships

Giving “Thanks”

ShareThere’s something different this year about “Thanksgiving.” Today, as I reflect back on past Thanksgiving days, I realize I can’t recall a year when I spent this day with family. And when I say “family”, I mean ANY of my own family. Last year, I spent it alone in Elkhart, Kansas. Literally. I had planned on seeing my children in Tribune but, for reasons not worth mentioning, that didn’t happen. The year before I was in Liberal, Kansas and spent

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Instant Gratification & The Simple Things

Share Of the many things I’ve written to date in the first 7 months of existence of this blog and website, one that seems to keep coming to mind is this phenomenon ingrained in our culture known as “instant gratification.” One of the reasons why it resonates deeply in my soul is a result of the recent elections held in our country. It was only two short years ago that our current Commander-in-Chief was hailed as our savior but, because

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Integrity, Vulnerability, & Perfection

ShareThe essence of integrity isn’t just speaking of moral and ethical principles. It’s putting those principles on the table for the entire world to see by virtue of your actions. A microcosm of yourself that others look at. Being brutally honest with yourself, God, and those you love and hold dearest to your heart is one thing. Doing the very same thing with everyone you know and come into contact with is entirely another matter. In the first instance, the

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Why Are People Afraid to Speak About God?

ShareNormally, I don’t have an agenda when I write. I go with instincts, writing whatever comes to mind, letting my thoughts flow freely. However, on occasion a topic surfaces that deserves more than that. This one falls into that category. Recently, one of my friends and a follower on my Gusto page on facebook, where I share some of my thoughts and experiences, had this to say when I asked for a topic that people wanted to hear more about:

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“The Big Guy”

“The Big Guy”

ShareI’m doing this one in honor of my son, Jess David Rowe, who’s known by several names in our family; Jess the Mess, Jessie, Bam Bam, and the one only he and I know of, “The Big Guy”. Why? Because from the moment he was born, everything about him was BIG, not that he was overly large at birth, he just simply packed a lot of punch in that little body when I held him for the first time. I

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Giving All You Have

Share“Gus, you always hear it spoken, relationships are 50/50…..I don’t believe it……in my eyes they are 100% / 100%….without that commitment you have nothing……think you can run with that????” That was a private message I received recently from one of the followers of Gusto on Facebook, in response to a question I posed of its readers for a topic to write about. I replied by saying that was a great one since it’s something that hits home for me. At

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“A Change Will Do You Good”

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A Tribute to “Mom”

Share     Everyone loves their Mom and think their mother is the best Mom in the world. Of course, that isn’t true. MY MOM was the best Mom in the world! Seriously, this tribute to my Mom comes over 38 years after her death due to a tragic farm vehicle accident when I was only 13. Unlike the tribute I wrote about my Dad, who turned 80 earlier this year, my memories of my Mom aren’t nearly as extensive.

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An Ode to “Sweet Pea”

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John Mayer – Daughters (Acoustic)

John Mayer - Daughters (Acoustic)

Share“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” ~ Euripides, Greek playwright, 480 B.C.  

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Just Be Yourself

Share“Just be yourself.” How many times have all of us heard that one? Think of the times you’ve heard it yourself; a job interview, meeting someone for the first time, a school play, or any time you’ve had to speak in front of others, regardless of who or how many people are around. I’m sure simply hearing those three words causes stomach knots for some of us. Question is, why? Why do people say that to begin with and why

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Is It Ever Okay to Lie?

ShareYou’re walking on a sidewalk late at night. It’s dark but there are light posts to guide your way. Suddenly, out of the dark, a man comes running towards you. As he passes he screams, “Save me! He’s trying to kill me!” You look back and see him rush around a corner near a large trash bin where you think he might try to hide. Then, you wheel around because you hear the second man running towards you out of

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Perfection

ShareShakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” He forgot to mention that I was the chief critic. I was always able to see the flaw in every person, every situation. And I was always glad to point it out, because I knew you wanted perfection, just as I did. A.A. and acceptance have taught me that there is a bit of good in the worst of us and a bit of bad

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Judging Others & Keeping Emotions In Check

ShareThis topic comes to mind because of recent personal events. Rather than dive in with the details of it, I’ll try to give it a perspective that gives you something to think about and how it might apply to your own lives. When you look at others, particularly someone you’re close to such as a family member or a co-worker, who is having personal issues you have strong opinions about, what do you do? Do you rush in with advice?

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“P L A U G E S”

“P L A U G E S”

ShareI remember when I first thought of this acronym. It was about a year ago when I was encountering a lot of anger and resentments from family members about past issues. I could never remember the 7 deadly sins and this acronym helps me to remember them: “PLAUGES” = Pride, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Greed, Envy, and Sloth. I had to fudge on the U, substituting gluttony instead! When I think of those words though, there’s 2 more that I think

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The Power of Prayer and Doing The “Right” Thing

ShareThe power of prayer and doing the “right” thing. Two nights ago, I posted a song called “Daughters” by John Mayer on my Facebook page. Daughters is one of my favorites of his because the lyrics and the message he brings carry deep meaning for my own feelings about my daughter. But there was another reason. Shortly after I arrived in San Diego in late March of this year, I learned that John would be playing live at the Cricket

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The Internet and Being “Connected”

The Internet and Being “Connected”

Share Back in late April, I wrote a blog about the Internet, Cell Phones, iPods, Computers, and Facebook. The main thrust of that blog was how our world these days is based almost entirely on being “connected”, and how that phenomenon has led us to being “disconnected” in a way. One of the things I mentioned in that particular blog was an experience I had in the Dallas, TX. Airport in December, 2009. I was sitting patiently waiting on my

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Psychological Phenomenon

ShareI’ve been thinking a lot about the psychology of relationships lately, especially family dynamics. When I went to SDSU in the early 80’s, I took psychology courses as electives and discovered I liked the subject so much I almost changed my major. Course, I didn’t, but did it up only a few credits short of a minor in the subject to go with my major in Business. Got all A’s too. One aspect of psychology that I find especially intriguing

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Destiny and Coincidence

ShareThis topic comes to mind for several reasons. As you recall, on April 27th, 2010 I wrote that I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. I’m not sure if I believed this prior to two years ago but I sure as hell do now. Reason being, is there is NO WAY anyone can tell me that everything that has occurred in my life, both good and bad, but especially the good ones the past two years, came about

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Emotions

Share I’m an emotional guy. And that’s a broad area. Most that know me well know I don’t hide how I feel and frankly, I don’t care to. I’ve learned that expressing one’s feelings, good or bad, in an open and honest way has several impacts with those I interact with. First, people can tell pretty damned easily if I’m happy, sad, upbeat, mad, melonchaly, or whatever. I say this often; what you see is what you get, I mean

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“Less is More”

ShareThis one baffles me. I’ve heard this mentioned a lot among many people. I’ve tried to “cotton” to this concept but I just can’t seem to grasp it. Sure, I can come up with a few words here and there that sound catchy but I have to really try hard at it. Like most things I suppose, its probably better that we stick to what we know best. I feel more comfortable with the longer version, so I figure if

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Rick Warren

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The Internet, Cell Phones, iPods, Computers, & Facebook

Share The past 24 hours have been some of the toughest I’ve had in a long time. Deactivating my facebook account was more difficult than I thought, probably because its been such a huge part of my life since January 2009. Its hard to describe to anyone what I mean by that. After I was released from the “Holliday Inn” in Elkhart, KS., one of the very first things I did was to find my way to a computer. Being

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Things Happen for A Reason

Share There’s been some strange things that have happened since I arrived in San Diego a little over a month ago. And so many things, too! First, my kids and I arrived after leaving Elkhart together on March 15th around 2 p.m. It was a Monday. It had only been the prior Tuesday when I left work that day for the final time. I had a lot to do; sorting through “stuff”, pitching loads and loads of things into the

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Expectations & Serenity

Share One of the best things anyone should remember is that your serenity is inversely proportional to your expectations. The higher your expectations of other people are, chances are that your serenity will be lower. You can watch your serenity rise when you discard your expectations. But then “rights” try to move in, and they too can force your serenity level down. You have to discard your “rights”, as well as your expectations, by asking yourself, How important is it,

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