Achieving success is difficult without determination.  Failure only occurs when you give up.  Since determination cannot be stopped, determined people don't fail.  Determination is the drive that keeps you moving forward regardless of any obstacles.  Harnessing the power of determination is …

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The weather is an important part of our lives.  There are endless weather reports.  The weather is a common topic of conversation.  Our plans are based on what the weather will be.  Many people claim their emotions are tied to the weather.

            It was cold in Idaho that year when we left for California for the Christmas break. The thermometer read fifteen below zero.

You are usually conscious of what you say to others.  The things you say are based on what you want to achieve.  You know from experience that the words you chose have a big impact.  When you use the wrong words, the reaction of others is not what you intended.

A positive attitude is like a watertight ship.  A ship with no leaks will float regardless of how deep the water is.  Your positive attitude keeps the negative out, regardless of how much is surrounding you.

Imagine sitting in your brand new car which is the exact one you always dreamt of owning.  It has every feature and amenity you desire.  It's perfect in every way.  However, if you never start your car, and never drive it, you will never get anywhere.

            All of this fall people have asked me why I looked like I do, so let me explain.

            My old friend, Bill, walked into church, and I smiled. It was good to see him. Bill is in his eighties and is one of the most positive people I know.

Negative thoughts and excuses have the tendency to form easily while positive thinking takes effort.  When things don't work out as planned, using excuses to justify failure is more common than formulating reasons to succeed.

             As school was ending on Friday, Lenny stopped by my locker to see me.  “Do you want to join us for some Halloween fun tomorrow?”

 I am alive, I will choose my attitude for the day, I will be kind to myself, I will be kind to others, and I will not take anything personally. The goal is to begin every day focused on how you want to think, feel, act, and react.

Sitting in Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe three years ago, I heard Jessi Alexander (unfortunately, no relation), sing her new song, “I Drive Your Truck,” about how a father grieved for his son killed defending our country in Afghanistan.

The 78th annual National Newspaper Week is the recognition of the service of newspapers and their employees across North America and is sponsored by Newspaper Association Managers. The annual celebration in October of every year marks the impact of newspapers in their communities.

            Liza stared at the young man, Mr. Winthrop, who stood at her door. The fear and concern showed in his face. “Please?” he begged. “Please, won’t you come? I’m afraid my wife and baby will die without your help.”

     There seems to be increasing emphasis for companies to recruit “above average” people. This clearly eliminates 50% of the population, who fall on the left side of the “bell-shaped curve.”

            One of my daughters is expecting a baby, and as with each new addition to our family, we are really excited. There are only a few weeks left, so I wasn’t surprised when my cell phone started beeping every few seconds. I looked to see that everyone was guessing the day and time of…

You learn by listening.  Education is a lifetime process.  There is always more to be learned.  What you know pales in comparison to what you don't know.  However, too many people have very ineffective listening skills.

            I had a knee replacement a couple of weeks ago. Usually, a person needs a knee replacement when they are getting old, and their body is wearing out, but mine wasn’t because of age. Mine was due to a major athletic accident thirty years ago.

            My mother is 92 and has been without my father for about twelve years. Most of her friends have passed away, and even though she lives with my sister for part of the year, or is with other family, she still feels lonely without my father, her friends, and her parents and siblings…

I know I am not the sharpest pencil in the drawer, or the brightest bulb on the porch, and a few bricks shy of a load. However, my philosophy is simple, if you know what you are not, then you can soon figure out what you really are.

In early August, Facebook and other social media services banned content from radio/Internet shock jock Alex Jones. Surprising? No. Jones's  number was due to come up. The big players in Internet media have spent the last few years  attempting to appease the perpetually outraged (and therefo…

Change is one of the constants in life.  Effective change is change for the better.  Change for the sake of change is usually a waste of energy.  Changing for the worse is obviously destructive.  There is no growth without change.