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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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Kansas/California (or anywhere else for that matter)

ShareIt’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and I’ve had several ideas in mind for the latest one, including a reference to an earlier post, “Sense of Community.” After thinking about it, I’ve come up with something a little different but with a tinge of that particular topic. I call it “Kansas/California”, which refers to the journey I’ve taken going all the way back to 1975. After my mother passed away in 1972, our family was basically ripped to the core.

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Standing Up for Christians

ShareOne of my dearest friends on Facebook sent me this message on my wall this morning: Hey! Mr. Writer look on my site and write for me an editorial on standing up for Christian religion that is being under attack. I’m not sure where to begin with this one. Those who know me well know that I say I’m not a “bible-beater” and I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense. It’s just that I don’t go around quoting scripture

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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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Does God Give You Only What You Can Handle?

ShareTwo weeks ago, I had the good fortune and opportunity to meet and visit with a lady in San Diego County who is a professional counselor, one who has been in this profession, as well as teaching, for many years. This meeting came at the suggestion of someone special in my life, a woman I met recently, though we both feel like we have known each other much longer. Since that time, she and I have discovered we have many

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An Awakening

ShareI remember the first time I heard someone say, “I don’t know when it happened, where it happened, or even why. And I really don’t care to know. It just is and life just gets better and better every day.” I was attending an AA meeting in Liberal, KS. in the fall of 2008 when I first heard that. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. To me, they were just words. The gentleman who uttered these words

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~ Ramblings ~

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~ Facebook ~

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Ebb & Flow

ShareI’ve written and said many times “things happen for a reason.” Most people think when they hear those words, of events in their lives, situations that come up, or circumstances placed into their lives. But the biggest of all is one perhaps many don’t “see” in those words. People. Special people. People that come into your life for a reason. The key difference is how we react. We can of course react positively to the good that comes our way

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Inspiration/Hope & Two Young Men

ShareWhere do I start with this one? Hmmm…in just the past couple of days, I noticed there was a new “fan” on the Gusto page I created on Facebook, a young man who lived right next door to me in Elkhart, KS. I think he’s around 17 and his father has a very successful construction business in S.W. Kansas, doing all kinds of work including home and commercial buildings. His mother is a teacher at the local school district and

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Living In The Moment

ShareRecently, someone came into my life that asked me to “live in the moment” when we planned our first one-0n-one encounter. Living in the moment is something that goes in line with many of the teaching and lessons I’ve learned over the years and though I know we all try to practice this principle, it remains difficult, at least for me, to keep from “projecting” future events based on current feelings and emotions. In one of my earlier posts here

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FEAR

Share I’m not exactly certain where I’m going with this one but it’s been on my mind a lot lately for some reason. FEAR. “False Evidence Appearing Real”, a term a close family member once told me he thinks the word stands for. For a long time I wasn’t sure what he meant because life can be so harsh, so REAL, that fear is something hard for us to let go of. It can be done. One of the keys

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People Who Inspire – Part II

Share I have a facebook friend who has someone in her life very very special. In the interests of privacy though, I will be using fictitious names with this story. It’s a story that gives me inspiration and it is my hope it does the same for you. First though, allow me to give you a little background on “Jane.” I became “friends” with Jane on facebook about a year ago. She was involved in threads with a mutual friend

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People Who Inspire – Part I

Share Things continue to “happen”. The other night at the Eagles concert, Glenn Frey introduced a song called “No More Cloudy Days”, a love song I hadn’t heard in awhile. Odd moment, too. It was shortly after dark, not a cloud in the sky, moon about half-full just above the stage. Just as they began to play the song, there suddenly streaked across the sky center right just above the top of the stage, a shooting star. I looked over

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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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The Circle of Life

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“PASSION”

ShareWhat is your passion? What drives you to do what you do in life? What is it that stirs your blood, the fire in your soul, that which motivates you most about LIFE? Mine can be traced in to shortly after I got out of the “Holliday Inn” in Elkhart. After being imprisoned for 158 days of acts of my own doing and will, it was time to re-evaluate what is important about life. Today, nearly 2 years later, I’m

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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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Sense of Community

Share I was talking with one of my sisters the other day about the Southern California lifestyle. I remarked how some things have changed from when I last lived here over 27 years ago but there are other things that haven’t. There’s one in particular that is especially troubling that hasn’t changed….the lack of a “sense of community.” I don’t mean that to mean derogatory, it’s just that many people seem to be caught up in their own worlds to

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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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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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Group Dynamics

ShareI was thinking earlier today about this one. There’s over 30 of you on the “Gusto” facebook page in just two days now and 7 “followers” here on “Ramblings.” Here’s something I do often and I know this is weird but I’ll share it anyway. Here’s how it goes…. I said to myself, “Self? You’ve done a boat load of rambling, gushing, and spewing since this started. And almost ENTIRELY about you, other than the story with your daughter, don’t

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Freedom

ShareOne of my friends on facebook who follows my “Gusto” page sent me a private message saying she has family members whose husbands are abusive alcoholics and that she would suggest they take a look at this site. She also mentioned she was sure it wasn’t the only thing to be discussed among us and she’s absolutely right. That’s my hope and intent as well, very much so. That’s why I’m encouraging you to share of yourselves. Having said that

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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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