"Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole." -Roger Caras



Sometimes I have little epiphanies or "Ah Ha!" moments and these are some of them.  Sometimes they are things I already knew and I am reminded or sometimes it is a quote or photo that has a certain meaning for me


"I am available to more good than I have experienced or realized or imagined in my life." 
A good mantra ;o)


What Is The Secret



The Universe only supports you in your greatness.

Most people wait to get in the game till they get it right... Don't wait! You must get in the game to learn how to get it right.

The Race


It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth...
that shall he also reap.

It was on this principle of analogy that St. Paul taught in this text. He tells us that there is a law in nature according to which success is proportioned to the labor spent upon the work. In kind and in degree, success is attained in kind; for example, he who has sown his field with beech mast does not receive a plantation of oaks; a literary education is not the road to distinction in arms, but to success in letters, years spent on agriculture do not qualify a man to be an orator, but they make him a skillful farmer. Success, again, is proportioned to labor in degree, because, ordinarily, as is the amount of seed sown, so is the harvest: be who studies much will know more than be who studies little. In almost all departments it is "the diligent hand which maketh rich."

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What you focus on... GROWS.



Conflict builds character.  Crisis defines it.-Steven V. Thulon

God is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever



"Pray; believing that you have and you will receive"


Forgiveness is being thankful for the lesson and acknowledging that the past will never change and you don't want it to.

"I forgive you and thank you for the experience."

Unforgiveness is a form of self abuse.  Like drinking poison expecting the other person to die.

Energy flows where attention goes.



Before I was a Mom
I made and ate hot meals.
I had unstained clothing.
I had quiet conversations on the phone.
Before I was a Mom
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried
about how late I got into bed.
I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was Mom
I cleaned my house each day.
I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullabies.
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom
I had never been puked on...Pooped on...
Spit on...Chewed on...Peed on...
Or pinched by tiny fingers.
Before I was a Mom
I had complete control of my mind
My thoughts...My body...
And my money.
I slept all night
Before I was a Mom
I never held down a screaming child
So that doctors could do tests
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom
I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put it down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
When I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
Could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so very very much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby
I didn't know the bond between a Mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
Could make me feel so important
Before I was a Mom
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
Every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth...
The joy...The heartache...The wonderment...
Or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much
before I was a Mom.


104.1 The Fish


I still miss those I loved who are no longer with me but I find I am grateful for having loved them.  The gratitude has finally conquered the loss.

-Rita Mae Brown

I feel like this is true for loved ones lost as well as friendships come to an end...


Trying is failing with honor-Don't try.  Do it or don't do it.

Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves.  They don't even mean to be your family, they just are.  ~Marsha Norman

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Friends are God's apology for relations.  ~Hugh Kingsmill

There will be a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning.
-Louis L'Amour

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and then the lesson.
-Vernon Saunders Law


The family.  We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. 
~Erma Bombeck










 A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
Carl Sandburg:

To A Child Love Is Spelled


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Success is largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.


People are often unreasonable, Illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway...

If you are kind,
People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway...

If you are successful,
You will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway...

If you are honest and frank, People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway...

What you spend years building, Someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway...

If you find serenity and happiness, Others may be jealous;
Be happy anyway...

The good you do today, People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway...

Give the world the best you have, And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway...

You see, in the final analysis, It is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway...


 On Being a Christian
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I'm not shouting "I am saved"
         I'm whispering "I was lost"
         That's why I chose this way.
         When I say ..."I am a Christian"
         I don't speak of this with pride.
         I'm confessing that I stumble
         and need someone to be my guide.
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I'm not trying to be strong.
         I'm professing that I'm weak
         and pray for strength to carry on.
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I'm not bragging of success.
         I'm admitting I have failed
         and cannot ever pay the debt.
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I'm not claiming to be perfect,
         My flaws are too visible but,
         God believes I am worth it.
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I still feel the sting of pain,
         I have my share of heartaches
         which is why I speak His name.
         When I say... "I am a Christian"
         I do not wish to judge.
         I have no authority.
         I only know I'm loved.

Make The Dash Count!


It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. 
But we
shouldn't lose heart,
because God is at work in our lives,
even in the midst of pain and suffering.



How many of us have heard that question "Where was your GOD when the World Trade Center and the Pentagon was attacked?"* Well I know where my GOD was the morning of September 11, 2001, and He was very busy!

He was trying to discourage anyone from taking these flights. Those four flights together held over 1000 passengers and there were only 266 aboard.

He was on 4 commercial flights giving terrified passengers the ability to stay calm. Not one of the family members who were called by a loved one on one of the high-jacked planes said that passengers were screaming in the background.* On one of the flights He was giving strength to passengers to try to overtake the highjackers.

He was busy trying to create obstacles for employees at the World Trade Center. After all, only around 20,000 were at the towers when the first jet hit. Since the buildings held over 50,000 workers, this was a Miracle in itself. How many of the people who were employed at the World Trade Center told the media that they were late for work or they had traffic delays.

He was holding up 2-110 story buildings so that 2/3 of the workers could get out. I was so amazed that the top of the towers didn't topple when the jets impacted.* And when they did fall, they fell inward.* GOD didn't allow them to topple over, as many more lives would have been lost.

And when the buildings went down, my GOD picked up almost 6,000 of His children and carried them home with him.* Reassuring his frightened children that the worst was over and the best was yet to come.

He sat down and cried that 19 of his children could have so much hate in their hearts.* That they didn't choose him, but another god that doesn't exist, and now they are lost forever.

He sent his children that are best trained for this disaster and had them save the few that were still alive, but unable to help themselves.* And then sent many others to help in anyway they were needed.

He still isn't finished though, He held the loved ones that were left behind in His arms.* He comforts them daily.* His other children are given the strength to reach out to them and help them in any way they can.

And I believe He will continue to help us in what is to come.

So when anyone asks, "Where was your GOD on September 11", you can say "everywhere"!* And yes, although this is without a doubt the worst thing I have seen in my life, I see God's miracles in every bit of it. I keep praying
for those who don't believe in GOD, every chance I have. I can't imagine going through such a difficult time and not believing in GOD.  Life would be hopeless.


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  1. Financial

  2. Relational

  3. Mental (including intellect and emotions)

  4. Physical

  5. Spiritual

To the degree you focus on one or two areas of life to the neglect of others, you feel poor overall - and the opposite: As much as you can focus on all five areas, albeit unequally at times, you experience abundance.

Giving energy and attention to each area causes all the areas to flourish.


We have to silence that craven voice that nags us, "If I get just this one more thing, then I'll be successful and happy." We all know intellectually that this is false, but most of us still behave as if it's true. We run around pursuing that "one thing" and wonder why we don't feel complete when we get it. Or feel frustrated when it doesn't come to us quickly.

Our accomplishments are hugely important, and they are gratifying only if we understand that it's not the "thing" itself that is gratifying, but who we became in the process to acquire or achieve it.

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