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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...




Investing Mistakes to Avoid

Christmas Noel

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




Book Give Away


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Creating an Extraordinary Life by James Spruell

Creating an Extraordinary Life

by James Spruell

Giveaway ends January 14, 2018.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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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.



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.

(Psst... Click on the image to view on Amazon)






Finding Happiness in the Holiday Season

Christmas Noel

Especially for the Single (A Two-part Series)

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.

.... read the rest of Part One      Part Two
     Slide share presentation      YouTube


Active Lifestyle, the Basics


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



Cabo San Lucas


Known for its warm climate, beautiful coast, scuba diving, and marine life, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico's top tourist destinations. The city is located along the southern most tip of the Baja peninsula.... read more





Tulum is located along the Yucatan Peninsula coast just a few miles from Playa Carman. Although Mexico is quite famous for its Mayan ruins (including Chichen Itza), Tulum is the only major archeological site located on the Caribbean coast.... read more


Things to do in Cancun


Cancun is a popular destination that features incredible water sports including snorkeling / scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, and beautiful beaches. A short distance away are the Mayan ruins at Tulum and Chichen Itza. Several shopping districts and restaurants with great food are also located throughout the area... read more



Isla Mujeres - Travel Tips

Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres is a popular destination for visitors to the Cancun area that features incredible snorkeling / scuba diving, beautiful beaches, scenic cliffs, and great food. The island, located about 8 miles off the coast, is a short ferry ride from Cancun for a quick day trip, or all week, depending upon your travel plans.

The island is a little over 4 miles long by less than 1/2 mile wide ... 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