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Whole30 Keep Going Day 17-21 and Marriage

Whole30 Keep Going

Yes, I’m behind. Some of it’s due to work. A bit is due to cooking and this weekend I spent an amazing time with lovely bride at a FamilyLife Marriage conference. More on the conference later. I just need Whole30 Keep Going!

Whole30 Keeping GoingSo far it’s been a great journey. No crazy cravings, only one or two interesting dreams about food (of course the stuff we can’t eat.) The more we learn about the Whole30 diet, the more I think some of the foods are definitely contributing to my joint inflammation. My fingers especially have been so much better, even in the morning.

It’s really interesting that what can cause joint inflammation. Dairy, especially cheese, peanuts and gluten. So no more cheese and peanut butter sandwiches. No I really haven’t made one of those. I’m really looking forward to day 31 when we can add things back to our diet. Teri and I have already discussed it and we want to do the slow approach. This will allow us to add one or maybe two things into to our diet, every 5 days. The purpose is to find things that we are personally not able to process well. We both have eaten all the Whole30 “banned” items most of our lives.

Whole30 keep going to find out what it’s doing.

Interesting times lay ahead. Even if we are allergic to some of the items, we may still consume them, but with significant moderation. I wish my mom or my grandparents had known about things like this. There last years might have been less painful.

We stopped at the library and found a Whole30 cookbook as well as one of the older versions of the Whole30 plan. Time for more research. I believe that knowledge is power. So time to hit the books.

Shifting gears to marriage

Why a marriage conference you ask? Well, I look it like taking your car in for an oil change and a tune-up. Everything may be working fine, but there are some little tweaks that can make it even better. Your marriage is the same way. Albeit, it’s not as easy as an oil change. A good marriage or any relationship for that matter takes an intentional effort.

Teri and I found out that overall we are doing the things we need to be to have a great marriage. We also found a couple of areas that we can do even better. If you are married or just thinking about getting engaged, We highly recommend that you attend one of FamlyLife’s Marriage conferences. The conferences are Bible based, but you do not need to be religious to get some valuable advice and guidance.

My dad always said, if you don’t something or you need advice, ask someone that’s been there. Someone with the experience, perspective and wisdom to help you understand or learn. It’s a lot faster than trying to do it yourself.  What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them. Just drop a comment below.

Service with a Smile World War II Style

Service with a Smile throughout life

This Memorial Day finds me a bit more pensive than usual. My dad, a World War II veteran, passed away last month. He rarely talked about his experiences in the war unless he was around his other Navy buddies. Dad always looked forward to what was coming up next. Even during the war, Dad smiled and kept a positive attitude. He gave his service with a smile. Here is a short tribute to an amazing life.

Service with a smile – The Greatest Generation

Dad finally did acquiesce to telling his story. I owe this to my dear friend Jon. He worked with the Library of Congress’s Veterans History project and sparked Dad’s interest in making sure his memories were not forgotten. Dad and a couple of his friends recorded his thoughts. There was about 15 hours of video. I trimmed it down a bit and ended up with an hour and half of Dad’s recollections of World War II.

I know this is due to my grandmother’s influence. She was a strong women. Not in the physical sense, but emotionally and spiritually. Arthritis racked her body from a young age causing her difficulty in many of the tasks others found simple; buttoning a shirt, sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking. Grandma rarely complained. One of her favorite sayings was, “Things fall into two categories, Things you can do something about and things you can’t. The first you just do it and move on. The second, you pray about it, give it to God and move on.” Grandma always gave the family service with a smile.

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Service with a Smile in spite of the price.

World War II

Growing up, I got a dose of positive attitude and discipline from them both. No matter what happens, whatever life throws at you, try to give your service with a smile. And remember those that gave you the freedoms you enjoy today.

Rename Common Sense?

Rename common sense? What do you think?

Rename common sense?

Should we rename common sense? I mean is it really common? For that matter, what is common sense? According to Miriam-Webster common sense is the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Of course that leads to the question of what is reasonable and good? Since we are talking about common to everyone, then I suppose that any action reflects thinking and behavior both reasonable and good in the eyes of most people.

 What say you?

Do you think we need to rename common sense? I do and here are some candidate choices:

  • rename common senseUncommon sense
  • Rare responsibility
  • The lost art of humanity
  • Our lost heritage

I just don’t know. It seems like so many people just do not have or least do not exhibit even the most minute shred of common sense. People do not prepare for much of anything. My grandparents had food canned in Mason jars and stored to last several months. They grew most of it themselves.

If our financial system, which runs on old technology, gets seriously hacked and your credit and debit cards no longer work, can you feed yourself and your family?

This is the type of common sense that I am talking about. No, I’m not into “prepping” but I do advocate having some level of plan on how to handle adverse events. Things like a flat tire, your water or electricity go off for some time or perhaps someone steals your identity or hacks your checking account.

Do you feel like you have common sense?

Please feel free to share with your friends and by all means, leave your thoughts below.

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

If we were having coffee or another beverage of your choice, I would ask, what do you do to keep things simple? What do I mean? How do you keep your life from getting complicated? That’s the subject of this Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition.

Keeping life simple, keeping work simple, keeping relationships simple. Can it be done I ask?

I sure hope so.Weekend Coffee Share Simple Edition

There are so many things we all have to juggle. Sit down and have another cuppa and tell me how you keep things simple. Me? Well I guess I try to take situations at face value and not read too much into them. I read email once or twice a day and either delete it or file. I only file it if I need to keep it? What about you? Any secrets to managing the deluge of digital detritus that vies for our attention every day? Come on, you can tell me. I really do want to know.

What about the physical papers that come in the mail or at the office? One of mentor’s at Texas Instruments years ago introduced me to his piling system. Not filing, piling. He uses three piles. The closest to the center of his desk is things that just came in. As the week goes on, he works his way through the pile. At the end of the week, anything in that pile moves to the pile at the edge of the desk. If there was anything in the pile at the edge, it moves to the trash. So basically, if he never gets to it in two weeks, it’s gone. His thought is that if it’s important to them, they will get back to you.

These are just a couple of things to help keep it simple. I am serious about wanting to know any tips or tricks you use to keep it simple. Please leave a comment below and of course, share with your friends. And don’t forget to visit our hostess Diana. More thoughts on simplicity are here.

Our Coffee Hostess – Parttime Monster

Make sure to stop by and visit DIana at Parttime Monster and link in your own weekend coffee share. Have a great week ahead, keep drinking coffee and keep it simple.