After 6 P.M.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend and in a few short weeks winter will be upon us. Memories of exercising in the raw December winds with a cold rain or snow bearing down on me is enough can kill my motivation to go outside for a walk. Additionally, shortened daylight hours give me the impression it’s later in the day than it really is. I am amazed at how easily I can talk myself into stretching out on the couch to surf the web on my computer.

One thing I’m doing to counter those failed attempts at physical activity during the winter months is ending my eating/snacking before 6 p.m. Doing this not only helps me control my weight, it also helps me sleep better. If I do end up going outside for a walk I get a double benefit.

Happy Thanksgiving!

When the dogs bark

As the Christmas season approaches, I am reminded again of Brody’s response to the lawn decorations popping up in our community. On our walk today Brody and I happened upon a couple of life-size inflatable white bears. They’re a close representation of the bears found in Coca-Cola television commercials. When Brody spotted them, he launched into a barking frenzy and ignored all attempts to calm him down. In his mind these ornaments were an intrusion into his world.

Over the past several years, I have been attempting to put together a book of self-examination inspired by the dogs I’ve called my own. I observed their responses to the events in their lives, which caused me to reflect on events in my own life. I’m learning a lot “when the dogs bark.”

Today’s experience with Brody and the white bears reminds me of how my mind reacts similarly to intrusions in my life. I do not like (or want) uninvited intrusions. I rush to judge strangers and wrestle with any changes to the status quo. Fortunately for me, I have the freedom to access a book that helps me put life back into perspective. For that, I’m most thankful.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Watching and Waiting

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.”  John Grogan      

A steady dose of Brody the fun-loving dachshund

Here’s a new blog that promises to offer a steady dose of Brody the fun-loving mini dachshund. On this site you meet all of Brody’s friends, receive a dose of encouragement and discover a household tip or two. Check it out at: http://brodyblogcom.wordpress.com/.

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Somewhere Fast

414XCttR2iL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Somewhere Fast, by Bob Beltz, is a fictional story written in the order of Pilgrim’s Progress. The main character, John Calvin, is a broken man in need of some answers.  An extramarital affair has cost him everything; his job as a pastor, his children, marriage and friends.  He has reached a point where he doesn’t know what he believes.  John decides to embark on a solo motorcycle trip along Route 66 to clear his head and gain a new sense of direction.

Along the way, he plans encounters with a few sages whose opinion he respects.  In addition to the planned interactions, he has several unexpected encounters with complete strangers.  Part way through his journey, one of the encounters leaves him overwhelmed by grace.  The book conveys a gradual revelation of knowledge relevant not only to John Calvin but to readers as well.  Somewhere Fast is good read, especially for those of the male gender.