A Howlin’ Good Time

My parents live near a small town named Coulterville in California’s gold country in the foothills of Sierra Nevada. Once per year the town has a Coyote Festival. This year’s festival was yesterday.  It included Coyote Howling contests for all age groups, a parade, classic car show, pony rides, gold panning, exhibits, music, and lots more. My Beloved and I joined my parents in celebrating it. We had a howling’ good time.

The woman sitting tall in the red Caddy is my mom. She was representing The Ladybugs, a women’s organization in the area.

With Love,



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Monday Funnies…

More fun from my favorite ape!

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10 Things that will make you Smile

Happy thoughts for a happy day.

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Everyone loves the quote “laughter is the best medicine,” and you have probably even experienced the benefits of smiling and laughter. But did you know that the simple act of smiling can boost your mood and even your immune system?


1. Cows have best friends and they tend to spend the most of their time together.


2. Somewhere, Someone is having the best day of their life.

3. In April 1930,The BBC or the news channel reported that there was no news that day       and played piano music instead.

4. When you were born, for a moment you were the youngest person on Earth.

5. Blind people smile when they’re happy, even though they’ve never seen a smile.

6. Cuddling releases Oxytocin,  a chemical that can heal wounds and relieve pain.

7. The structure of your brain changes every time you learn something.

 8. Smiles Relieve Stress: Your…

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Maybe Marriage Isn’t So Great After All

I love this and believe many people who have been married more than a year will too.

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Becoming Cliche

So the husband and I have joined a marriage class at our church. It’s a biblically-based Francis Chan study, and there’s a free PDF for anyone who is interested.**  Let me know if the link doesn’t work, and I will see if I can find it for you.

The first chapter is called “Marriage Isn’t That Great,” and I’ve been chewing on that title for the last two weeks. And you know what? They’re kind of right.

Marriage changes everything. Husband and I dated for three years before tying the knot. We knew each other well, or at least we thought we did. We were starry-eyed idiots. “I do” turns into “What have I DONE?” and moonlit walks become mortgage payments with the speed of Seabiscuit on crack.

When we were dating, a professor told us that he and his wife knew each other well. “I…

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My Journey From Fear to Love

I believe most of the major decisions, and many of the smaller ones, I’ve made in my life were either driven by fear or based on love. I’ve begun writing a non-fiction book titled My Journey from Fear to Love to offer it as a road map for those on a similar path.

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The sweetest fruit most full of flavor

Awaits inside our hearts to savor.

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Two New Book Projects

I’ve just decided to write two more non-fiction books, one each  offering insights into  relationships and parenting lessons My Beloved and I have learned during our nearly four decades together. Neither are likely to be funny or heartwarming (because all those stories were featured in my current two non-fiction book projects) but instead will be filled with many more ideas for creating stronger, healthier, happier, relationships.

With Love,


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