Category Archives: Encouragement

Life Lessons in a Box

I don’t pretend to be a do-it-yourselfer or handyman but sometimes there are undesirable projects that just beg for my unprofessional help, all in the name of saving a buck. Been married nearly 45 years and my wife still hasn’t gotten the message that she didn’t marry Tim the Toolman Taylor or Bob Villa.  She still expects me to fix stuff. Now, I try. I really do. Installed a new ceiling light and dimmer switch in a bedroom a couple of weeks ago. Now the power is out in the adjoining bathroom. Nothing has burned down yet so I suppose […]

Whatever Happened to Civility

Since the concept of CIVILITY has somehow been lost, here is the definition: formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. The synonyms that go along with CIVILITY are also a forgotten commodity:  courtesy · courteousness · politeness · good manners · graciousness · consideration · respect I can already hear the words of response to this soapbox article. “Shut up old man. Nobody cares about what you have to say anymore.” Recently, someone attempted to persuade me that words don’t mean the same now as they did in “my day.” Hmmm. “My day.” So, am I to understand that these days in which […]

The Winter of My Life

Sometimes we like to divide life into seasons. You know, Spring is birth through childhood, Summer is the young adult phase, Fall is the middle adult era, and then finally the winter years, when, well, you know. By the government standard, the winter years begin at 65. So, I suppose it’s winter for me. I am officially OLD. My high school reunion comes up this year. SHS class of ’66. Fifty years since graduation from the hallowed halls of Strasburg High School (Strasburg, VA). Do I really want to hang around with all those old people? Thankfully, I am blessed to […]

Living Better On Less

Most of us have financial difficulties. You know…making ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck, a day late and a dollar short.  Plenty of clichés to describe the problem. Enter Dave Ramsey and other gurus who have a solution. By the way…much of their advice is dead on.  However, easier said than done, right? It’s like eating healthy. Seems like a great idea…but giving up pizza and cheeseburgers is just too hard. After all, we live in a stressful world. Got to have our comfort food and we have to buy trinkets like expensive smart phones and over the top cable bills to […]

An Image Overhaul for Monday

What’s so bad about Monday?  How many times have you heard this (or said it)? “Having a good day?” “Well, you know, it’s Monday?” Poor Monday gets blamed for just about anything that goes wrong.  Problem at work? Blame it on Monday. Lousy traffic.  Monday is at fault.  And so it goes. I recall getting yelled at for whistling on Monday morning. My annoyed co-worker told me that he couldn’t stand happy people in the morning, particularly on Monday. Nobody gets worked up over Tuesday. Wednesday gets a little love when we refer to it as Hump Day. Thursday is now recognized as the day to […]

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