“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  - John Wooden

Sound the Alarm

Sound the Alarm

It’s always good to hear from old friends, especially those with whom one might have been “up close and personal”.

Reconnecting after a lapse of time can be a subtle reminder of care-free moments shared which are now relegated to our personal history book.

Doing so is also an inner appeal to make the effort to re-establish where possible certain relationships, making them a priority.

Why Don’t You Ask Me to Drink an Ocean?

[caption id="attachment_819" align="aligncenter" width="701"]GAP Trail Photo Courtesy of Jeff Schans[/caption]

A few years ago I recall being out for a bike ride on an early fall day.

The temperature was perfect, not too hot nor too cold. I soaked in the beauty of the red, brown, and gold foliage as I pedaled the rural Central Pennsylvania roads near my home.

I was about seven miles from home on a downhill run when I heard a “ping” and a few moments later, as if the first “ping” did not catch my attention, the sound an encore “ping” chimed in.

Name Calling

PapaInnately, there’s something magical about a twenty-month old and the world of wonder that surrounds a child at that age.

What’s down right delightful is when that twenty-month old is my granddaughter and she repeatedly calls my name.

Recently, Jackie and I were thrilled to be on “Naomi duty” over a weekend as her parents “took five” and attended to things on the home front minus their bundle of joy.

When talking with Naomi via Face Time over the past few weeks, her word flow has gone from an isolated handful, to a trickle, and now to a steady running stream. It’s amazing to me how a few days can make such a huge difference!

Typically, when her Mama calls us she dials Jackie’s phone.

When Gammy answers the call, little Naomi is front and center on the screen. That’s when I start my silent countdown from five – “5-4-3-2-1” and the first words out of her mouth are “where Papa go?”