December 2008

Financial Peace of Mind

I think there are a lot of people in today’s economy wondering if they can give some of their extravagant purchases back to buy a little piece of mind. I speak of peace of mind in my book, ONO, and I use the word, “serenity.”  Serenity is a state of mind, and because we don’t operate in a vacuum, our environment has an effect on our serenity.  The financial obligations families have in their lives can undermine their peace of mind. continue reading...

The Medicine of Laughter

The message of the healing power of laughter has hit me in the face so many times lately that I think someone’s giving me a gentle nudge to write about it.  I read a story recently about a lady who beat cancer with a certain salad and funny movies.  I also read a section in a book about how laughter can be a valuable teaching tool with small children who are dealing with fear is continue reading...

Loving Partner or Adversary?

Recently I have been working very hard on my relationship with my wife.  I made a decision several weeks ago to come to her in our interactions from the perspective that she is my loving partner rather than my adversary.  I’m happy to report that I have noticed a big change in many ways in our relationship, as a result, and they are all positive. continue reading...

Gifted Children

As many of you know, my wife and I recently had our oldest son Jaken tested for “giftedness.” The results indicated that he falls in the low end of the “Profoundly Gifted” or “Highly Gifted” category.  Because they were testing a four-year-old child who may or may not have been willing to do his best on any given day or cared, for that matter, we were told that the true scores could be higher than the test reflected. continue reading...

Historical Comparison to Today’s Economy

I was sent this article yesterday by my good friend and financial planner, Tom Steelman.  It was very nice to get this type of real data comparing today’s economy and other recessions in U.S. history.  I have held the belief, and blogged on it several times, that the media is telling a different story because of it’s propensity toward “if it bleeds, it leads” modality.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did and find it encouraging to know that the sky is not falling. continue reading...

Can’t Afford It! Can’t Sell it! Can’t Refinance It!

I came across this article and thought it could benefit some of my readers.  In today’s economy, foreclosures are far from uncommon and this offers some great insight and advise to anyone in this situation.  Hope you find it’s informaiton valuable.

Can’t Afford It! Can’t Sell it! Can’t Refinance It!

Answers to Those Tough Questions About Credit in Today’s Environment
Compliments of Linda Ferrari
President, Credit Resource Corp. continue reading...

Pain or Empowerment

I read this article on a local news site and it got me thinking.

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Volunteering Can Bring the Family Together

I found this article on volunteering and the positive impact it can have on the family.  Our family has done a bit of this in our busy lives but I want to do more.  This article gives some good “how to” information on volunteering and it helped me to feel more able to manifest it in my family.  I agree with the author that volunteering can be a very positive, out of the box, activity that teaches kids good stuff and promotes family unity.  If your intrigued to learn more, read on. continue reading...

Random Acts of Kindness

My sister recently told me a story that I want to retell.  She had had a bad day going, all the common stuff, but  it seemed to be happening all at once.  She decided to treat herself to her favorite holiday coffee at a Starbucks.  As she pulled up to the window to pay, the lady told her that the car in front of her had already paid for her coffee.  She asked the clerk why, and her response was that they just wanted to do something nice for a random stranger. continue reading...

Why Boys Need Parents

In my blog, I like to mainly focus on the heavier things in life, but on occasion I like to lighten it up a bit.  Here is an email that came across my inbox recently that made me smile.  Hope you all get a kick out of these pictures as well.

Why Boys Need Parents

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