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· How To Stretch A Puddle

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· Hungry Sean, The Leprechaun

· A New Year's Resolution - Smile!

· Love Those Wrinkles!

· A Musician's Prayer

· A Flower For My Mom

· How Scary Is That!

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The Strongest Man In The World!
6/25/2012 12:22:29 PM
With Fathers' Day just passed, I was remembering the strengths of my own father. None of us are perfect, but dad left a wonderful legacy of kindness, humor, and many musical memories.
The Strongest Man In The World!

My father weighed a whopping 140 lbs., soaking wet; but to the day he died, he still held the world title for tongue holding! I remember how my six siblings and I caused him frustration many times, but he could always pull out that terrible awful threat: “If I come over there – I won’t be over here!” That was the one that he would use to deflate a ‘tattler’. What could you say after that? He had an uncanny knack for giving the other person the benefit of the doubt, for trying to imagine the fit of the other person’s shoes before kicking them. And we kids were paying attention. We should never underestimate the amount of absorption that a child is capable of. Be aware of the little eyes that are looking up at us, and taking in our every word and gesture. There were times when dad’s philosophy stretched a little too generously, - times when mom would roll her eyes as dad would start finding excuses for bosses, and others, who took advantage of his patience and his tender heart. We all have, within us, those qualities of tenderness, patience, desire to excel, and the longing for and treasuring of love and acceptance. Keeping these qualities in proper perspective, is another test of strength. Being the nice guy is great when it comes from a sincere heart; however we also need to retain an honest appreciation of our own worth; or we are only wearing a nice-looking mask. If that mask comes with a price tag that costs you your integrity, then everyone will be poorer for it, including the person that you are trying to be nice to, and those little ones, watching, and learning about life. It takes courage to play the ‘tough guy’ and to respectfully tell someone that their behavior is unacceptable or harmful to themselves or to others. That courage starts calling to us at a very young age, when the decision is there: Should I join that cool ‘put down’ group in the school yard, or choose as friends, the ones who have enough confidence to be really cool – the nice guys – on their way to becoming the truly strong people in this world!


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• Welcome Christmas! - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
• Drop That Rock! - Friday, November 14, 2014
• 'Lest We Remember' - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
• Little Building - Saturday, November 01, 2014
• Counting To Ten! - Thursday, October 09, 2014
• This Old House - Wednesday, August 13, 2014
• Off With Her Hat! - Thursday, June 19, 2014
• Be Not Afraid - You Are A Masterpiece! - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
• Mothers' Day Silliness - Thursday, May 08, 2014
• Spring Is Here? - Monday, March 24, 2014
• Knitting Thoughts - Saturday, January 25, 2014
• Finding Holy Ground - Friday, January 10, 2014
• Baby Pictures - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
• Next Stop: 'Zoomerland'! - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
• The Treasure Seekers! - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
• Thank You For The Dreams Dad! - Sunday, June 16, 2013
• A Great Big Warm 'Boot To The Head'! - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
• Walk With Me - Fly For Me! - Saturday, April 20, 2013
• If I Were Twenty Years Younger! - Saturday, April 13, 2013
• Where The Wind Blows! - Saturday, March 23, 2013
• A Valentine Sonnet - Thursday, February 14, 2013
• My Roof's Got A Hole In It - Saturday, January 26, 2013
• Wait Training 101 - Saturday, January 05, 2013
• Merry Christmas To All And To All A GOOD LIGHT - Friday, December 21, 2012
• In The Arms Of Christmas - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
• Hope For A Precious Child - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
• Happiness Can Be Tricky! - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
• Sign, Sign, Everywhere Sign - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
• Housework Or Heartwork! - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
• Wheee! I'm Riding! - Thursday, July 19, 2012
• Reading In The Garden - Monday, July 16, 2012
•  The Strongest Man In The World! - Monday, June 25, 2012  
• Time Travel! - Friday, May 25, 2012
• Dr. Seuss's Teapot! - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
• Love That Bluegrass! - Sunday, April 15, 2012
• An Easter Walk - Friday, April 06, 2012
• Mom's Dahlias - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
• Still Climbing! - Monday, February 13, 2012
• Someone Open A Window! - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
• Chill, Papa Joe! - Saturday, January 14, 2012
• Let The Games Begin! - Thursday, January 12, 2012
• All Is Calm - Or Not! - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Plant Seeds Of Hope This Christmas! - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
• Something Fishy In The Air! - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
• Tinker Bell's Mom! - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
• Roofers' Rap - Thursday, October 13, 2011
• Hope - Bring It On! - Thursday, October 06, 2011
• My Christmas List - Monday, September 26, 2011
• Hold That Thought! - Saturday, September 03, 2011
• Been To Newfoundland - Got Way More Than The T-Shirt! - Sunday, August 28, 2011
• I Found A Pearl! - Monday, July 25, 2011
• Me And Pepe! - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
• Hand To Mouth - Monday, May 23, 2011
• Dear God, I'm Afraid! - Thursday, May 12, 2011
• Write It Down! - Thursday, May 05, 2011
• Twirl With Me! - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
• What's The Word? - Saturday, April 23, 2011
• Talking To My Plants! - Monday, April 18, 2011
• Kidding Around - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
• Disconnected! - Monday, April 11, 2011
• Who Do You Think You Are - In Twenty Minutes?! - Friday, April 08, 2011
• Crap Happy! - Saturday, April 02, 2011
• Top O' The Morning, Afternoon, and Evening - Thursday, March 17, 2011
• Eva Cassidy's Beauty Lives On! - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
• I'm Melting! - Saturday, March 05, 2011


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