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Sunday Coffee Cup – The Late, Late Show

They grow up. Kids, in each their own way, grow and learn and become themselves. In 2009, my daughter left her North Carolina home and headed west. She packed what she could into her VW Jetta and with no job and no certain place to live, headed to LA. She was banking on connections she had made during a college internship, the resilience of youthful enthusiasm and a good bit of luck to get her started down her dream path – working in television entertainment in LA.

Maneuvering her way through part time jobs, contract work and a fair share of babysitting she survived long enough for a real opportunity. Today’s Sunday Coffee Cup tells the tale of her success. She now works for The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson.  This morning’s coffee is about knowing your dreams and tenaciously pursuing them.

Do you have a dream calling you? Is there one you are chasing today?


First. I am NOT a juggler. Nope. Notta.

However, this show was amazing and I discovered an amazing sub-culture that has, well, made me paranoid that there are jugglers everywhere. Be afraid. Be very afraid.


I'm experimenting with Twitter. 

Do you 'tweet' on Twitter? What, if any, do you seek to accomplish via this web utility?

Any suggestions for a new user? Cheep, tweep, chirp...

Resolute Living

We are far enough into the New Year that I have heard and read my fair share of New Year’s posts and opinions.  I guess I’ll take a moment and share my thoughts.

Often I find myself looking in to the New Year and thinking about what new things I want to accomplish. Resolutions are often about what we want to make different in our lives: loose ten pounds, run a marathon, get a better job, save money, reduce debt, stop smoking, etc. There are a few things I hope to accomplish this year, and the truth is that my bets hope of accomplishing these new things isn’t a magical New Year’s resolution. 

I do well to look not so much at what I want to change, but what I am currently doing that is working. Even a momentary reflection on the characteristics of my life that contribute to my success reveals simple habits that, while often difficult to follow, are essential to getting anything done. This year I am beginning with a New Year’s Renew list. I am renewing my commitment to the habits and actions that are a part of my success and then looking at a few things I want to accomplish with these proven, daily habits. The difference is that I am focusing on resolute living rather than living a list of resolutions.


Resolute Living

  1. Each day I will decide to abstain from alcohol and other drugs. I have made this choice daily since July 10, 1999 and it has made all the difference in my life
  2. Pray each morning for “Knowledge of God’s will for me and the power to carry that out.”
  3. Respect other peoples (and my) time – be where I have agreed to be when I have agreed to be there. I am not perfect at executing this, but I am committed to the value of it.
  4. Be mindful of the Rotary Four-Way Test – Of The Things We Say and Do
    1. Is it the Truth?
    2. Is it fair to all concerned?
    3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
    4. Is it beneficial to all concerned?


  1. Listen to others and seek to understand their point of view.
  2. Pay my bills on time.
  3. Exercise multiple times each week.
  4. Keep my weight between 145-155lbs.
  5. Take the medications prescribed by my doctor as prescribed.
  6. Hike.
  7. Get a full night’s sleep (6-8 hrs) most nights.
  8. Read books for fun.
  9. Read books for education.
  10. Maintain a blog.
  11. Save some money each month.
  12. Tell jokes (no matter how lame).
  13. Read the comics.
  14. Volunteer to help others in some way every month.
  15. Work the steps of the simple program that I have chosen to help me better live my life.
  16. Never take the advice of someone more messed up than I am.
  17. Write about the creative ideas and images that move me.
  18. Work faithfully and dependably for my income.
  19. Take a vacation with my wife. 

Resolutions for 2009 

  1. Attend a writing workshop/class.
  2. Speak publicly ten times.
  3. Submit something written for publication.
  4. Hike the Alum Cave Trail.
  5. Purchase a new Audio/Video system for the den.


I am sure there is more, but this is what I have for here, for now…

New Post Requested

Dang it Dena! I would have been more than able to create a new post, but NO you had to demand one. Now, I am at a total loss… well, when in doubt, REPOST!

Announcing the return of my first post from the New Year in 2005! I quote…

"A friend told me this today.

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea."

I just thought I would share."