Let’s Try This Again

It’s been nearly a year since I started this blog. The idea when I started was that it would motivate me to start writing more often. I really hoped to write daily. Obviously, I’ve failed miserably. It’s been over six months since I last posted anything. There has been plenty for me to write about. Let’s see, since last July I’ve been injured in a car accident, I got my first smart phone, my son totaled another of my cars, I bought a new one to replace it, my wife and I celebrated our thirty-first wedding anniversary and I had a birthday – I turned 57 in October. Plenty of topics there to write about, but the honest answer is I’ve just been lazy. I can blame it on health problems and family problems and work problems and anything else problems; lazy is the real problem.

So now I’m back, I’m motivated, and I feel pretty good, so…let’s try this again, and do it right this time.

Since I haven’t written here in a while, I haven’t QC’ed the site lately. If you read this, to begin with, thanks. If you find anything broken or that seems out-of-place, please let me know in a comment.

Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning. ~Hesiod; Greek oral poet (750-650 BC)

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“Rest of the Story” updated


After several months of random, inconsistent blogging, I finally updated one of the pages I created early on. Here is a bit of a favorite quote,

But we in it shall be remember’d; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

You can read the rest of the quote and a little about me on the updated “Rest of the Story” page.

Grateful for Today

The accompanying image is a photograph of the eternal flame that marks the grave site of the late president John F. Kennedy. John Kennedy was the thirty-fifth president of the United States. He was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.

That date is so engrained in the psyche of Americans of my generation that most of us remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard that John Kennedy had been shot.

After a nationally televised state funeral and procession, President Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, on the bank of the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia.

This article isn’t about John Kennedy, though. It is simply about gratitude. John Kennedy said this, As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. I decided yesterday that from now on I would be grateful for every new day I’m given in this life. My challenge now is to live up to Kennedy’s words and live each day as if I am.

I challenge you to do the same.

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