December 2010

Rather than “happy,” I decided to go with “stupendous” in my new year’s wish. I truly hope you all have the best year of your lives. In our quest to make every day the best it can be, my wife Trisha and I know that it can be quite challenging at times. By it’s very nature, no matter how much we try to control it, life is one long rollercoaster ride. 

The other day someone I hadn’t seen in a while asked me “How have you been?”  I actually had to pause before I answered because my mind was racing though all the ups and downs life had presented me this year. I suppose I could have said, “Same old, same old,” but the question really put me in a philosophic mode.

In just over a year, my wife and I were blessed with three new grandchildren, had our book published, had fun doing television and radio interviews, were invited to do book signings and personal appearances, nearly lost my best friend to a terrible accident, had a great vacation with some dear friends, traveled with my parents, suffered the loss of my father, had an incredible travel adventure, and worried over my mother’s recent stroke. These are just the major highlights and low lights of the last year, not including the day-to-day issues and dramas that presented themselves.

That last paragraph simply stated is: life. The key is to fill our hearts with as much love as we can, greet each day with joy and thankfulness for the gift of life, and give as much of our hearts to others as we can we possibly share. In this next year, it’s a given we will all smile at some point and in turn shed a tear. How many times can we be the one responsible for the smiles on the faces of others? A very worthy goal for the new year.

Have a stupendous new year!

                        A Truly Rare Event


Tonight at 1:33 a.m., a very rare event will occur.

It’s an event so rare that it has only happened once before, 372 years ago on December 21, 1638. In case you missed that one, get ready for Tuesday. If you miss this one, you won’t catch the next one until December 21, 2094. 


The event I’m talking about is a lunar eclipse which will take place exactly on the Winter Solstice. It will be visable with the best views in North and Central America. The entire eclipse will take 3 hours and 38 minutes, so wear something warm and perhaps bring along an adult beverage or two.

Top Ten Places to Retire

According to the website, a site which accumulates and reports on all things pertaining to retirement, several cities in the sunbelt were found to be the best places to retire. In fact, in their larger list of top 100 retirement cities, Florida placed 23 cities, North Carolina placed 11, and South Carolina placed 8.

Here is the top ten list of places for retirees to live. 

10. Ft. Myers, Florida

 9. San Diego, California

 8. Beaufort, South Carolina

 7. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 6. Green Valley, Arizona

 5. Austin, Texas

 4. Paris, Tennessee

 3. Prescott, Arizona

 2. Sarasota, Florida

 . . . and the number one place for retirees to live is . . . .

 1. Ashville, North Carolina

No Response from Don King

I want to thank everyone for their support and many responses to my challenge to fight Don King. As I mentioned in my last blog, I try to write about positive things, but this guy is a real scumball. If he does call, I’ll let you all know.

Merry Christmas

That’s right, I want to

fight Don King!

This blog is a little different and somewhat personal. If you aren’t familiar with Don King, let me bring you up to speed. This despicable human being began by running an illegal gambling organization. Over the course of time, he personally killed two people, the events happening 13 years apart. He escaped prison the first time, but was convicted of the second murder. After serving some time, his attorney made a back room deal with a judge and King went free. Since that time he has made millions promoting professional boxing events. He has also been linked to organized crime, but his cries of “racism” have always kept him from being fully investigated and brought up on charges.

Over the weekend, King was traveling from Cleveland to Florida for the funeral of his wife (I guess he was too busy to be with her at the end). The wonderful folks at TSA discovered he was carrying ammunition for a .38 and .357 weapon. After a short time, King went on his way and TSA declined further comment. Was he arrested? Was he cited? Was he even delayed? Nope, he is Don King.

Now then, why am I so hot over hearing about the gentle treatment given this living scum. About a year and a half ago my wife and I traveled with my parents on a trip to Florida. We arrived at the West Palm Beach airport and I went to get a car. When I got back to the passenger loading area, I saw my wife with my father and mother coming out of the far exit. My late father was blind and had gotten out of his wheel chair and was using his cane. About that time, two large black Chevy Suburbans cut in front of me, stopped and parked side-by-side blocking two lanes. I couldn’t even get close to my father who was being helped by my wife and mother. I got out of the car to give assistance. Every law enforcement officer directing traffic at the airport (the ones who always yell at everyone else to hurry up and move along) had now gathered. They were not there to move these vehicles out of the way, but formed a bit of a welcoming detail for the guest of honor. Yep, the slimy one himself, Don King.

It’s bad enough this creep buys, cheats, steals, and murders his way to riches, but he is protected and fawned over by the very people who should be locking him up. Call it righteous indignation or whatever you want. I want a piece of this s.o.b.

I know regular readers will be surprised by this blog because most of the time I write about love, tolerance, stress reduction, etc. Well, sometimes you just have to blow off some steam. I feel a lot better now.