Strive for exce…

December 31, 2013

Strive for excellence, not perfection.

H. Jackson Brown Jr.


December 30, 2013


It seems as if no matter where I am online at this time of year, I am finding someone’s top ten list of something on their sites. So I thought it might be fun to look at what have been the top 10 blogs of this year and repost the links here for your perusal. These are the top 10 blogs from my three areas: Inspiritual Reflections, The Zenful Kitchen, and Stirring my Spiritual Waters. It will be interesting to see if any of them are still on the list at the end of 2014. So in reverse order, here are the 10 most read blog entries of 2013.

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“Life’s like a …

December 29, 2013

“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.”

―Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Supreme excell…

December 28, 2013

“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”

―Sun Tzu

Evolving, not Revolving

December 27, 2013


Dear Universal Consciousness,

I just wanted to thank you for reminding me what a difference an R can make. It made me think about the story I was once told about how the difference between evolving and revolving is an R. if I keep doing or believing the same thing repeatedly, then I am not evolving. It is as if I am trapped in one of those revolving doors, which I have often seen in a department store. I am just revolving through life and not evolving.

It is reassuring to remember that I do not have to believe in or agree to the same things for my entire life. As I grow and evolve, what I believe should also change. What I believe is in my mind. They only have power over me as long as I agree that they are true and give them power in my life. When I realize they no longer need to reside in my mind, I can say to them, “you are no longer true” and release them from my Book of Law.

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I is for Indigestion

December 26, 2013


I had originally thought that I would write this blog on some I food like ice cream or Italian ice or ice pops, but this morning after having enjoyed a feast of good foods with friends last night I woke up thinking about indigestion. Indigestion is one of those things that many of us have experienced, especially during the holiday season, but rarely talk about when experienced. Perhaps in part because it often times is accompanied by other things that we do not like to publicly talk about such as flatulence (aka farts, gas, bootie burp, or butt thunder). Even telling my family what I was writing about this morning made them a bit uncomfortable. When I shared I was writing about indigestion because in part we rarely talk about it, my wife replied, “and there is a reason for that.”

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“We don’t get a…

December 26, 2013

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life.”

― Steve Jobs

Happy Holidays

December 25, 2013


Happy Holidays to all my friends on WordPress, Facebook, & Twitter! May 2014 bring many blessings unto you & yours 🙂

Holly and mistl…

December 25, 2013

Holly and mistletoe
Candles and bells,
I know the message
That each of you tells.

– Leland B. Jacobs, Mrs. Ritters First Grade Critters


December 24, 2013


I came across a quote recently by Wendell Berry from The Unforeseen Wilderness: Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. He wrote, “The world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground of our own feet, and learn to be at home. It is a journey we can make only by the acceptance of mystery and of mystification – by yielding to this condition that what we have expected is not there.”

Have you ever had one of those experiences that turned out to be far more then what you expected? A colleague of mine tells the story about going out to pick cranberries. She had walked this trail many times before in her life. As she tells the story, she found herself becoming tangled in her inner mind and emotions. 

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