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Gratitude

Posted: December 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

I’m sure that my good friends Mike and Marcia at M&M’s Musings won’t mind if I re-gift.  This is a link that they included in the holiday wish on their site.  It is so good that I just have to repost it here.  My thanks to them for pointing it out.

To my current Phoenix guys, their families and the alumni of past groups,
We’ve talked a lot about the importance of gratitude in our lives.  This is what I mean:

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Happy Holidays!

Posted: December 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

However and whatever you celebrate, may the next few days be filled with family, friends and good times.  For just a while, let the troubles, stresses and conflicts melt away.  Reflect on Hope, whether it be from a child in a manger to the renewal of a celestial cycle.  We all deserve that.

I Digress

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Here’s something clever to amuse you until I can get around to writing something.

Looking Ahead

Posted: January 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

There’s nothing really juicy happening in the news these days, other than a silly debate about plastic bags in Toronto (which I might weigh in on if it doesn’t just go away).  I haven’t done any heavy reading for the past few days.  The only cultural event I’ve been to recently was to see “Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert” last night, which I’m going to pass on reviewing as it was the final performance.

What to write on??  Well I guess the obligatory year starter would be resolutions and plans for the New Year.

As I said earlier, the retirement thing got off to a reasonable start over the past few months, but one of my main goals was to devote more time to personal maintenance.  This would include better fitness and diet, along with more time for personal development in other areas.  My copy of Integral Life Practice (A 21st Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and Spiritual Awakening) has been sitting on my living room table for about four months now, and I’ve polished off a whopping 48 pages.  That about sums it up.  Ok, so resolution #1 is to hit this personal maintenance plan a little harder.  After all, I can’t really complain that I don’t have the time.

2011 will see at least two major trips.  The first is my photo trip to Costa Rica, which is in the latter half of Feb.  This promises to be a great educational opportunity and the people I’m going with seem like they’ll be a lot of fun.  I’m sure you’ll hear lots more about it later and inevitably there’ll be the photos.  The second trip will be during the summer, when I plan to take my Phoenix youth group to the Smoky Mountains.  I’ve done this trip a few times before and it’s always been highly successful on all fronts.  Photography can be fantastic there, too, but it’s also about the great hiking and other attractions.

This blog has give me the opportunity to polish my writing abilities, but it’s all rather informal.  Again, people are encouraging me to write something more formal.  I don’t know whether it would be fiction or non-fiction or maybe even autobiographical, but I’m feeling more and more ready to tackle that, and hopefully something will gel in 2011.

I didn’t get nearly as far as I’d hoped in revamping my web site.  The current stuff is set up, but I wanted to put up a scrap book of all of my old youth groups, and add a Travel section.  That’s still a goal, and should help keep me out of trouble for the next year.

Anyway, enough about me.  What are your goals for 2011?