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"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." ...Charles M. Schulz

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams" ... Dr. Seuss

Quotes: Pure Love Quotes

The World Around Us

Great poems not only express the heart and mind but evoke emotions in creative ways that allow us to see and feel another's thoughts. When Robert Frost speaks of "Miles to go before I sleep" we can see the snowy woods, the darkest night, and understand the promises we make...



Creating an Extraordinary Life: Breaking Through the Abyss















Many of us make life a little too complex. For example, we all share common physical attributes and need simple necessities such as shelter, food, water, and air to breathe. We need companionship, and seek out friends who support and sustain us daily.

We also share the desire to know who we are; how to find happiness, success, and achieve our dreams; what is God’s plan for us; and how to improve the way we view and image our self and worth. For more detail

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Creating an Extraordinary Life: the Poet's Heart















Creating an Extraordinary Life: the Poet's Heart is a composite of 95+ poems that reflect some of my innermost thoughts to create a puzzle to fit together, ponder, and enjoy. Sometimes the poems flowed out in almost final form. At other times-- not so much -- the poems told a story that had to be hammered and chiseled to find their place. For more detail

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Book Trailer

The video is a short introduction to the book "... The Poet's Heart"...




Poem of the Week


Icarus & Daedalus

Wings of Wax

With wings of wax
Icarus flew
on strands of an autumn air


But like moths drawn to the sun
Icarus learned
what Daedalus had ever warned him
not to do      ... Read More



Recent Updates


The Widow and Her Two Mites (and others)

Profound Lessons from Women in the Scriptures

We often hear about Mary – the mother of the Savior, Mary Magdalene, Eve, and even the woman at the well as great teaching moments.

But just as important are those lessons encapsulated in some very short passages. Three of my favorite are      ... Read More




When a Poor Self-Esteem Becomes a Vicious Cycle

A newborn does not enter the world with a poor self-esteem, but develops a self-image in intimate interaction with care givers and others. As the child develops the brain learns to interpret its environment, e.g., crying gets attention, those wet areas around the bottom aren’t very comfortable      ... Read More



Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene, companion & disciple of Jesus, was trusted and greatly loved by the Lord. At the tomb her sorrow and desire to know where they had taken her Lord turned to joy on hearing one word ‘Mary’. It was enough for she knew the Master’s voice, and immediately responded ‘Rabboni’

    ... Read More



Searching for a Happy Productive Life?


Happy, Productive Life

We all search for a good life, to be productive (well, most of us), and be healthy come retirement. But do you know what made the biggest difference in one of the longest recorded studies on happiness? An amazing 75 year Harvard study tracked 724 men from 2 different groups: ...      Read More



Woman at the Well


Jesus teaches a Woman

The woman at the well is one of my favorite biblical stories. And, for many years I didn’t really know why, just that it was very touching. Often I heard suggestions that this Samaritan woman who had five husbands was quite promiscuous, unworthy by every measure. Yet intuition said otherwise. Why would the Savior travel so far out of his way to meet with the ‘one’, and how could she be so unworthy yet spiritually in tune enough to eventually recognize that she spoke with a prophet?
     ... Read More


Picture By Carl Heinrich Bloch ([Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons








When a Truck Backs over your Self-Esteem

Fortunately self-esteem is not static but a living, breathing entity -- at times amazing similar to a coral reef. These beautiful structures are formed by minute coral cell secretions (events) that across time take the shape that we are familiar with -- some to wither and die, or conversely, grow to a point where they alter the very currents that make up seas and oceans.

Our reef -- self-portrait -- emerges in response to myriads of events , continues to evolve and respond to the environment to give shape and definition to that which we are. And like the Great Barrier Reef self-esteem is sensitive to the fierce storms, disasters, and toxic elements yet is resilient enough that somehow most of us manage.

This video is a short introduction to the topic with some suggestions and thoughts...

     Click for a PowerPoint Version      Read More



Investing Mistakes to Avoid


Ideas for the Investor

If your intend to invest, mistakes will occur! The slide share presentation below covers some of the more common, including failing to appreciate diversity to not having a plan and knowing where you want to go.

     Avoiding investment mistakes





Finding Happiness in the Holiday Season - Part One

Christmas Noel

Especially for the Single

Ever wonder if the Grinch stole Christmas? You're not alone -- the Holidays can be a tough time for singles (and others).

There can be many causes for unhappiness around holidays from SAD (basically a lack of sunlight) to man over board (trying to create the perfect Christmas).

One of the Grinch's master elves is social isolation that can creep in at Christmas. For example, many single activities are often canceled from Christmas Day until New Year's Eve and leave a vacuum for some. Others may be facing the "it's the 'X's year" leaving ...another vacuum. And the multitude of pre-Christmas family activities may remind you of your 'singleness'. And it can be tough.

      Continue reading Part One

     Slide share presentation of Finding Happiness...      YouTube Version



Finding Happiness in the Holiday Season - Part Two

Christmas Noel

Especially for the Single

The introductory post identified 12 suggestions to turn this holiday season into an extraordinary one. Today we will look at a few of my favorite suggestions:

   * Creating new traditions;
   * Handling sensitive topics (read that politics) at dinner;
   * Make it reasonable, not perfect;
   * Be grateful – the joy & friends gratitude brings;
   * Resolve to forgive past hurts;
   * Give of yourself, including random acts of kindness;

      Continue reading Part Two



Active Lifestyle, the Basics



Orson Smith Trail & Park

hiking trails

Hiking Orson Smith Trail

The Orson Smith Trail (and Park) is an easy hike — a little over a mile each way. The trail and park is fairly well maintained and includes benches, tables, trailhead, adequate parking, etc. The trail itself is decorated (by nature) with wild flowers, birds, and ...      Read More



Hiking in Salt Lake City and the Surrounding Area

Donut Falls

Utah has some of the most scenic hiking spots in the world. Among these are a number around Salt Lake City where the family can escape for an afternoon or day of hiking adventure. Big Cottonwood Canyon as well as Little Cottonwood Canyon provide easy access to SKC residents and visitors... read more



Isla Mujeres: Punta Sur

Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres The Video clip is a short presentation of images from Punta Sur on Isla Mujeres. The island is a favorite scuba dive destination as well as a scenic and fun spot! 0:49