Saturday, May 15, 2010


So, I'm in the final hours of my trip in Tx. I'm board and missing my family. It melted my heart to hear the sweat voices of my little ones today as I chatted with them on the phone. I'm a blessed man!

So being bored I took occasion to run out and around the hotel and push on some weights in the "fitness room," not my style but I figured better then sitting around. Especially because TV is worthless.

Not having any cable of any kind and thus no TV is one of the greatest of all blessings. I mean it is just worthless nothingness. Nothing I can think to want to see is on yet I stayed up and watching nothing for hours last night. I got hooked watching "Two weeks in Hell" the proving weeks they have for the Green Berets" WHOA, mad respect for those guys. But still it was lame, I stayed up late ended up with a head ache and woke up with a head ache. SOOooo glad I'm too poor to have TV, BUT it was a blessing to go and watch the Flyers bust up on the Bruins.
Well, that is all I got. There is a reason I don't blog much. :0)

Thursday, May 13, 2010


SO, I've not been up on blogging recently, but I'm ready to repent....MAYBE!!

The fact is I'm on the move and will have time so maybe I will write some stuff up as I go as a way to keep myself sane in the absence of my ever fun clan of little ones to run after and play with.

SO, I've not travelled in awhile, well I've not flown in awhile. Maybe over..... a.... hmmm.... well over six years. WILD!

I'm headed to Austin, TX for a workshop to help me prep for the national MFT exam I will be taking next month. I'm sure it will be loads and loads of fun.

So, I've heard about the airport security madness we now have to endure at the airport, but WOW, maybe I didn't. I even read the e-mail I got last night. I thought it a little odd that I have to have all my bath accoutrements separate in a baggy out of my luggage so they can inspect them if need be. But I wasn't prepared for how odd and wonderfully bizarre and ridiculous it was watching a line of humans pass like mindless sheep through metal detectors with their shoes off. I mean.... really this is what it takes to feel safe in America? I hate to think what the future will bring, I thought I read an article about scanners that were so effective that they were controversial because the watching could see below the cloths.... ? Maybe that was just the test phase or maybe people boarding in Knoxville aren't dangerous enough to warrant x-ray security.

I had a thought that I didn't want to take off my shoes. I was going to stand up to the man! BUT then I thought I don't want to miss my conference. I think I might try it on the way home and see what happens... :0)

I also noticed that the threat level is is ORANGE today, not that I have any idea what that means. Should I be worried? Well, just for the record I'm not at ALL! Maybe that means that they are on the prowl for ginger haired peeps like myself?

Well, here is to happy flying!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother: No Greater

It's been a really long time since my last post. Life has been a whirlwind of joy and blessings. I'm well. I have new job in addition to my private office which I am only working at one day a week. We have moved to a new place in Tazewell and all is right in the world.

I figured no better reason to post then to honor Mother! So here is a poem I wrote to honor a specific mother, but it is also for all Mothers.

Mother: No Greater

Superiority has no assention on Mother

Heights cannot climb

Peak cannot soar

Bird cannot fly above


Duty has no precedence on mother

No work is more challenging

No responsibility more ennobling

No job more demanding

Then Mother

Love has no bounds beyond Mother

Feeling has no depths

Pride no swell over

Compass cannot circumscribe


Man has no greater honor than Mother

Rank has no command

CEO no procedure

Nobel no prize greater

Then the calling of Mother

Beauty has no favor on Mother

Cover girls bend

Flowers bloom

Stars shine

For Mother

Even the Lord honors Mother

Water wines

Word Honors

Sanctifying symbols homage


Mother there is no greater gift

What then gift Mother?

Tokin she creates

Love she owns

Light she shines

Treasure she is

Words she teaches

Songs she hums

Flowers she plants

Food She cooks

Painting she colors

Remembrance, Kindness, Respect, Serve

Can try and will

But remembered with love that proceeds



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The nothing something post

It's late. I want to post something, but I don't have anything in particular to say, but I want to say something! This might not be a worth wild read so feel free to check out.

Maybe I just want to be heard? But how can I expect you to read a nothing something post? Other bloggers don't have this experience I think. I mean you all write such meaningful things. And as much as I would like to write something profound and meaningful it's just not a thing that can be forced you know?

A game maybe? What to play I spy? Childish I know, but perhaps if you feel blah and play along you won't perhaps you will discover something you didn't spy before.

I spy.... a ring. It has a sparkly stone, it's on hand, with short nails slightly bitten with worry, with fingers warn from a day of hard labor. The wearer sleeps softly with joy. She is loved deeply.

I spy.... pictures. 13 of them drawn from the hands of children, hung by the hard working hands previously mentioned. They are hung all around the room from the bed I type. Hung because the hard working hands love to be surrounded by the images of a child's mind. The pics are of cars, and smiley blobs, a pirate on a beach with treasure, the flag of a free nation, horses, and elephants (mommy's fav), and a large pink looking bird with dead eyed fish(?) LOL, and wait one that reads, "my family are children of God" and we are all there. I don't think I ever looked at them all. :0)

I spy.... "The Living Christ" testimony of the 12. Many of those who's name are on that document have moved on. I miss them. Especially Gordon B. Hinkley.

I spy.... A book, "The Second Comforter" interestingly enough. Jesus, my Saviour is right above it. There in eye shot always watching over me.

My spy's are not nothing at all there are indeed something. They let me know I am surrounded by LOVE! The love of a spouse. The love of my children. The Love of good leaders. The love of my Savior.

What do you spy? What does it tell you?

Monday, January 18, 2010


Our president must not live in the same country that I do, here is what he thinks about health care and what it represents, what the current election for Kennedy's seat in Mass represents, as an issue to the American people in general.

"Understand what's at stake here, Massachusetts," Obama said. "It's whether we're going forward or going backwards. It's whether we're going to have a future where everybody gets a shot in this society, or just the privileged few. If you were fired up in the last election, I need you more fired up in this election."

Yes oppresion has and does exist in our nation. NO DOUBT, but it is not a 'PRIVILEGED few' that enjoy prosperity and opportunity in America. That is just a lie and his life is a direct manifestation of that fact. Unless he is one of the 'PRIVILEGED FEW.' It is a lie to suggest that Democrats and our trust in them will allow everybody a shot in America. It is a lie that any party will 'save' the little guy. They only thing that will save the little guy is generous and kind hearted Americans doing their part in the world that they live to give people a chance and rise up against hatred and oppression. No man in government and no party Dem's or Rep's will save anybody.

I'm sick of lies and I'm SO SICK OF POLITICS. I just want honesty and what is good for our nation. I wish that people in Washington would work for us and when I say Washington I mean all of them. My disappointment with Obama statement is not a manifestation of my love for Republicans. I'm sick of them all. They are not different in my eyes. They lie and line there own pockets. Greed has no party loyalty it clearly effects them all.

Will the greed end?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


I know I know. I have not written anything forever. What can I say. I have every intention of repenting and sharing all of the good and wonderful thoughts that roll around my head most of the day. Well, there is a scary thought being ever subjected to my thoughts. LOL. It's hard enough for me to bear I will spare you that, but I will write more!

Anyways, this morning I got a "Daily Gem" which is a daily spiritual message from our current day prophets, from recent talks they have shared. This one was too good not to pass along.

"The relationship between love and appropriate action is demonstrated repeatedly in the scriptures and is highlighted by the Savior's instruction to His Apostles: 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' (John 14:15). Just as our love of and for the Lord is evidenced by walking ever in His ways (see Deuteronomy 19:9), so our love for spouse, parents, and children is reflected most powerfully in our thoughts, our words, and our deeds (see Mosiah 4:30)."Feeling the security and constancy of love from a spouse, a parent, or a child is a rich blessing. Such love nurtures and sustains faith in God. Such love is a source of strength and casts our fear (see 1 John 4:18). Such love is the desire of every human soul."We can become more diligent and concerned at home as we express love—and consistently show it."

Link to the full talk is from David A. Bednar, @ "More Diligent and Concerned at Home," Ensign, Nov. 2009, 18

The line I wanted to point up is that "Feeling the security and constancy of love from" a important someone "is a source of strength and casts our fear." What else do we need? The foundation of our emotional wellness comes from our internalization of consistent healthy love from the important someones in our lives. It helps us keep moving forward in the moments of insecurity. It shields us against poor choices that would hurt others or ourselves. It is the confirmation, the second witness beyond our self, of what we dare ourselves to believe, that we may actually be worth loving, that we actually may be good.

Well you are good. You are worthy of love. You have, will, and can do great things. Things that will lift another, things that will expand your soul, things that will make this world a place worth living in.

In addition, are you confirming to those you love daily that they are worthy of love? Give them a hug look them in the eye and tell them why you love them.

You are loved.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Food and kids... any questions?

Hey everyone! Hope life is joyous and wonderful. Nick sent me this article and I find it to be spot on from my professional MFT perspective when dealing with food and little ones. It also points out a key symbolic or unconscious communication to children from parents, regarding trust. Allowing children to regulate their own food intake is a part of a more global communication or message we give to kids about our ability to trust them and their own judgements for themselves. It is interesting for me to consider what other relational issues or internal issues or problems kids may be having with parents who dictate or fight with their kids around food. Regardless of further implication, the article is excellent and I highly recommended applying the principles found in the article.