My Dad


Dear Fellow Journalers,

In honor of Father’s Day, G weighs in:



Poking around in my closet the other day, I came upon my Dad’s cufflinks.  I’m almost ashamed to say I haven’t seen or worn them in about five years. Since they were Dad’s, I should treat them with more respect.


Now you have to understand something about my Dad. Dad was a helicopter mechanic, and a great one at that. But Dad HATED getting “dressed up” for any occasion. A tie to Dad was like a noose, a coat like a straight jacket. Dad had only ONE dress white shirt. Mom bought it for him. This shirt had “French cuffs,” requiring cuff links. Mom also bought them. She bought them at a jewelry store, and paid good money for them. They are silver, square, and have a star like design on them called a “compass rose.” Dad hated the whole idea, but wore them when and if he must.


I think I’ve told you Dad was only 5’9”, and of small build. This meant that I was Dad’s size when I was about 11 years old. Now I, unlike Dad, had been wearing white dress shirts and ties since second grade. (Catholic school uniforms) Now I thought that this French cuff shirt was “COOL” so cool, that to this day, I wear French cuffs 98% of the time, One day, while headed for some special occasion, I asked Dad if I could wear his shirt and links to the affair. He agreed, but Mom wasn’t happy about it.


Well, the shirt and the links made it home in one piece. I then had earned the right to borrow them on a regular basis. Dad was actually relieved that I wore them instead of him, and often suggested it. He even told me to keep it in MY closet. Mom still wasn’t happy.


The problem with being a growing boy is that you grow VERY fast! Within a few months, I had outgrown the shirt. Returning it to Dad, he promptly declared it “worn out”, and threw it out. (While Mom was out of course!) End of the story.


When Dad died in 1986, possession of the cuff links officially passed to me, although I always had them. I wore them weekly until about five or so years ago, when others supplanted them.


So why this story? I am CERTAIN that you have some piece of jewelry SOMEWHERE that once belonged to someone you loved. GO FIND IT NOW! Put it on, and remember. I promise it will make you as happy as me!

Thanks G for sharing,


A perspective piece- The Book

Dear Fellow Journaler,

We haven’t heard from “G” lately but he has been following the blog and has some insight to share:


Here’s a good thing to do:

Go buy yourself a blank page diary book. Now I don’t know about you but I have neither the time or inclination to keep a diary. If you do , GO AHEAD !

But for the rest of us, just write a sentence or two, describing the day.

Then, take a black marker and / or a yellow highlighter.

Mark the upper right hand corner of the page with a yellow line for a good day, black line for a bad one.

At the end of the book, more often if you choose, compare yellow against black.

If more yellow than black —– Congrats !!

If more black than yellow—- you NEED to change your life !!


Kindness Boomerang

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Awhile back last year, I wrote a series of posts about kindness. You know how you go about living your life and suddenly an idea of epic proportions hits you smack dab in the middle of your forehead?? Well, my idea was actually a book that was advertised on Facebook and I had to watch and listen to the video and order the book then and there. The book is called Kindness Boomerang and is written by a wonderfully caring woman named Orly Whaba.

Anyhow, she and I have been emailing back and forth over the last several weeks and I decided that I would write a review of her book and share it with all of you. I hope after my review, you would check out her web site and the book which you can purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Our local library just ordered the book too.

Thanks for reading –


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Have you ever read a book that changed your life’s perspective? Orly Whaba’s book “Kindness Boomerang” has inspired me to go beyond my comfortable view of kindness. In my past life I contented myself with acts of kindness from afar but now with this book of 365 kindness gems, I have propelled myself into my corner of the world with greater enthusiasm. I find myself searching for the right way to show kindness to myself, my family and friends, neighbors and yes, even to strangers.

“We are companions on the journey; breaking bread and sharing life” (lyrics from the song of the same name by Carey Landry) brings this concept full circle. We all have stories and some of our stories do not have happy endings. We all have been affected by the negativity, rancor and recklessness shown in the last year. It’s time to make America kind again and this book, which is a cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul and a self-help book, will inspire you to not only show kindness but to look for it also.

I have long been a proponent of kindness, even writing about it on blog posts in my Pursuit of Happiness be grateful (11/30/16) but Orly’ book which gives you  quote, act of kindness and perspective on each day’s page, leads one from meditation to action. Her stories, some personal, gives the reader practical, real-world examples of practiced kindness.

If you’re tired of all the negativity in the world and want to really make a difference then this book will serve as a catalyst for you

Read it, live it, and be a life vest for others.

     Check out more of Orly’s kindness motivators on her web site:

The rest of my life

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Back in 2011, G wrote an article about goals entitled The Rest of my life”. He is gladly sharing it with us.




Whether I have 3 or 103 more years, I plan on living the rest of my life “in pursuit of”. What do I plan to pursue?

I’M GOING TO PURSUE KNOWLEDGE. I love learning! Always have. There’s so much I have to learn, and so little time left to learn it! I want to KNOW! I want to UNDERSTAND! I want to be a little bit smarter each and every day I have left to me. I’m starting all over again, and forever, NOW!

I’M GOING TO PURSUE KINDNESS. Not getting it, but GIVING it! I have always tried to be kind, but have often failed. That ends today! I’m going to be KIND. I’m going to do all in my power to help and aid my fellow-man. I will now always be mindful of Rudyard Kipling’s’ quote: I AM ONLY ONE, BUT I AM ONE! I CAN NOT DO EVERYTHING, BUT I CAN DO SOMETHING! AND WHAT I CAN DO, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, I WILL DO!

I’M GOING TO PURSUE LOVE. Again, not getting it, but GIVING it! I’m going to try like hell to follow that golden rule. I’m going to try to be like God himself when He simply forgives and loves me no matter what stupid, and sometimes hateful things I do. And again, I’ll start NOW.

I’M GOING TO PURSUE NOT BEING BITTER OR VENGEFUL If you “got over” on me, took advantage of me, or “knifed me”, I’m through wasting my time being bitter or vengeful. I’ve still got a whole, wide, wonderful life left to live!

I’M GOING TO PURSUE HAPPINESS. I’ve had much unhappiness in my life, but also a great share of happiness. I think now that my “days are numbered and drawing to a close”, I’m going to start to do more of the things that make me happy, and hope that my actions make others happy also, or at least, bring no unhappiness to others.

I’M GOING TO PURSUE LIFE. Isn’t it too bad that you have to get older to understand that you really need to pursue life, NOT have it pursue you??!! Sure, everyone needs money. Sure, everyone needs some “creature comfort.” Sure, everyone needs security. But somehow haven’t we all forgotten that what we need most of all is the pure appreciation of LIFE ITSELF!? For whatever time this old bastard has left, look for me to be REALLY APPRECIATING the simple fact of LIFE, and living it. To quote that old nonsense, I’m REALLY going to “stop and smell the roses.”

I’M GOING TO PURSUE EXPERIENCES. I’ve had about two trillion experiences in my life, some good and some bad, and a lot mundane. How I wish that I hadn’t  been either too busy, too preoccupied, or too damn stupid to have learned more from each and every one of them!

So my friends, that’s my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Am I crazy? SURE! But then again, YOU’ve ALWAYS known that about me! But may I add; CRAZY like a FOX!

You see, it’s taken me a lifetime to reach some of these conclusions. I don’t want you (those younger than me, at least) to waste anymore time! Take advantage of what I’ve learned, often the HARD way!

Journals to keep

Dear Fellow Journalers,

One of my favorite poets is Robert Frost. His poem ” Stopping by woods on a snowy evening” remains a favorite to this day. So when I was looking for a title for this post I realized that I too had a promise to keep with you. Last year I wrote about the different journals there are and promised to write about 12 different ones each month. This year I decided to do the same as many of you wrote me and commented on different ones that we explored together.

This year’s group include:

Life Goals ( January)

Creative Journaling (February)

Memories (March)

Record of events – one moment at a time (April)

Letter writing ( May)

Time Capsule ( June)

Travel ( July)

The UN-sent letter ( August)

My favorite movie ( September)

Grocery Journal (October)

Sentiments for cards ( November)

Holiday Journals (December)

I hope you will think about these content journals and if you keep one or more of these journals already, that you’ll share your experiences with us.

‘Til next time,






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