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Oh No, My Sweet Little Puppy Has Turned Into a Rebellious Teenager!

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Oh No, My Sweet Little Puppy Has Turned Into a Rebellious Teenager!

After Munson passed away and before we adopted Anderson, I read a couple of books on how to raise and train a puppy. The authors warned that most puppies go through a short period, usually between 6 and 9 months of age, when they act much like human teenagers. Your formerly compliant and affable puppy […]

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An Amazing Family I’d Like You to Meet

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An Amazing Family I’d Like You to Meet

Some people are so kind and selfless it just takes my breath away. The breeders we adopted our dogs Munson and Anderson from are Glenn and Sandy Veltman. They are very dedicated to their breeding of Bichons, which is why we got both of our last two dogs from them. Just to give you an […]

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One Sure Way to Tell If You’re a Type A or a Type B

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One Sure Way to Tell If You’re a Type A or a Type B

Since you’ve already read and re-read my book several times (!), you already know a lot about the differences between Type A and Type B personalities. Type A’s are aggressive, proactive, and detail-oriented. Type B’s tend to be peaceful, relaxed, and laid back. So how might you best determine which personality you have? I have […]

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What Would Your Game of Thrones Title Be?

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What Would Your Game of Thrones Title Be?

Elaine and I have been binge watching the HBO series Game of Thrones, and it is awesome. My favorite TV series of all time used to be Breaking Bad, but I think Game of Thrones is even a little better. We started watching it after I heard a comedian joke, “Hey, I actually met a […]

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The Parable About Changing the World

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The Parable About Changing the World

Sometimes you don’t need to try to change the world—just changing something about yourself will suffice.   Once upon a time there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back at his palace, he complained that his […]

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People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

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People Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

…and I believe we all live in glass houses. There are a few guys at my gym who obviously use performance enhancing drugs. They are much more muscular than me, at least partly because I have chosen to stay more natural in my bodybuilding. Since I know use of these substances carries health risks, I […]

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Be a Gentleman

Filed in Living by on August 11, 2016 4 Comments
Be a Gentleman

Being a gentleman is becoming a lost art. Whether it is the millennial “hook up” dating culture or simply the laziness of the modern male, it seems few men observe the rules of gentlemanliness. For those men who think being a gentleman is unnecessary because men and women are the same, I ask you to […]

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There Is No Excuse for a Bad Attitude

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There Is No Excuse for a Bad Attitude

There are a lot of people walking around with a bad attitude about life. “Woe is me, I’m always getting screwed. I deserve better!” They constantly play the role of victim. If you know someone like this, and I’ll wager you do, consider sharing with them the story of Buck O’Neil. Buck O’Neil was born […]

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To Really Motivate Yourself, Choose a Lofty Ideal

Filed in Living by on July 28, 2016 0 Comments
To Really Motivate Yourself, Choose a Lofty Ideal

Even before we adopted our new dog Anderson, I decided I was going to do some things differently with him than I did with Munson. Munson was Munson, and I wanted Anderson to be Anderson. So while Munson was groomed to have what is called a “puppy cut,” which is really cute, I wanted Anderson […]

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God is Watching, and Rewards Us In Subtle Ways

Filed in Living by on July 21, 2016 0 Comments
God is Watching, and Rewards Us In Subtle Ways

I believe God is watching each of us all of the time, and occasionally rewards us when we are kind, generous, or otherwise exhibit godly behavior. When He shines on me in this way, I think of it as getting a “wink” from God. Several years ago, one of our adult children asked us for […]

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