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Casseroles and Turtlenecks (Or 2018 Thoughts)


As I drive toward my neighborhood, I now pass a temporary yard sign that says Be Kind.  I know that my reaction should be, “Isn’t that a great reminder”.

This is probably not the right thing to say, but that sign makes me think, “I wonder what made them put that sign up?” and “I wonder if their neighbors think to themselves that they should start being kind by being good neighbors, and take that sign down?“. And maybe even a part of me thinks “I wonder why they think they should tell me to be kind?“.  Yes, I know… that is not the reaction that I should have!

In writing Our year-end blog, I am consciously thinking about that sign. It’s not for me to tell you what your goals should be for 2018. Goals are personal.

Maybe you have just decided that in the coming year, you will not wear turtlenecks.

Maybe you are thinking that you want to eat more vegetables in the coming year. Does it count if you are eating vegetables, like they have at Ruth’s Chris Steak House? You know, the sweet potato casserole that is prepared with 12 sticks of butter and graham crackers. Or the broccoli and ice cream vegetable medley? (or something like that)

At the age of 101, Larry Lewis ran the 100 yard dash in 17.8 seconds setting a new world record for runners 100 years old or older. How is that for a goal?

Remember, I promised that I would not tell you what your goals should be. So maybe we call Our blog today… The no criticism goal zone!

Let me take you on a wandering thought tour. What I am thinking for the new year. But first, a New Year’s thought:


I am told that men in their twenties typically take it hard when their hair starts falling out. I fell into that eg0/insecurity twenty-something. I do applaud those who embrace baldness. I just didn’t.

So, I found myself at a doctor’s office for a hair transplant consultation. Soon, I had gone through several hair transplant “procedures” and I felt pretty good about the results. Looking back, it makes me shake my head (not so much my hair). One of those times I would have time-traveled back to tell myself not to do it! (We are still not quite finished with our time machine at the firm)

In February of 2008, I had a kidney transplant. As I left the hospital, they explained the anti-rejection medications that had to be taken. Then, they also explained the side effects. One specific pill could cause hair loss. At that moment, hair loss didn’t matter. Perfectly happy to take the medication! Hair loss was not important compared to the benefits of the medication.

It was true, I did suffer hair loss. Maybe it is medication related. Of course, I also like to say that I have summer hair. Some are here (hair) and some are gone. Boom!

I have written several “Resolutions” blogs over the past few years. Sometimes I list several goals I have for the new year and other times, just some general positive thoughts.

This year I made a personal list of several goals for the new year. One specific goal is much like that medication. To focus on the real things that matter and not get hung up on what doesn’t matter.  Much like the benefit of the medication instead of the detail of those side effects. Major on the major! Not to spend time thinking and majoring on the minor.

Buckling up, with my seat in the upright and locked position. Whenever things seem difficult, I want to focus on the big picture.

Yes… that’s why they are called goals!


I so wish you a very happy new year.  2018 is going to be a great year! I just know it! These are the good days!




After Christmas Blog

This is the time of year that you put away the decoration’s but you don’t really start thinking about your new years resolutions unless the clothes are feeling a bit tight.

Right after Christmas, sometimes the ride of emotion begins to set in. That or maybe it’s the thought of credit card bills. That’s why some people come out of this holiday in a bit of a mood.

For their sake, it’s probably best not to write some thinking blog.

For everyone else, it’s just nice to be able to relax and hold on to the memories. I hope that’s how you’re feeling.

No Resolutions Blog

     I kept sitting down to work on a New Year’s  blog and kept coming up nothing, really.  Then, I realized that it becomes more difficult to come up with something creative, when it involves a topic that has so many authors.

     Instead, I thought I would blog to myself a reminder; almost a time capsule, so I could look back at past blogs and be reminded of the simplicity of what I should be doing at the beginning of a new year.

     Usually, people exhale when they come to the end of the year and get ready to turn the page. The decorations are probably down by now and you’ve already begun your new year’s resolutions. In fact, I have already seen several “new runners” on the road, and I know that the gym will be filled with enthusiastic faces, as they tackle their workout and weight loss goals.

     I look at resolutions like birthday wishes; maybe you shouldn’t really verbalize them; Just blow out the candles and get to the cake.

     For me, this year I decided to focus on concepts, rather than just goals. Look forward in the morning and backward at night and value what happened during the day.

     “Our Daily Bread” reminded me of a letter that Albert Einstein wrote to his son. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving”.

     I’m not sure what 2011 has in store. Already, it has brought some smiles. I just know that I am determined to try to focus on every day. That goal isn’t that easy, but maybe it will help me keep my balance the whole year.

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