Is your house a safe place?

Dan shares a look at what makes a home a safe place where animals, kids and adults can feel safe.

I went to lunch with my neighbor Bill yesterday and we started talking about the gentleman who used to live in the house next door. I told Bill about talking with my previous neighbor (Bob) on a bright Sunday morning and how he had spent the day planting watermelons – although the doctors had just told him he had 3-6 weeks to live.  Well, that turned out to be pretty accurate.  Bob died on another Sunday, just 41 days after that conversation and just one day short of six weeks. The picture here is of the beautiful floral display at his memorial service.  Notice the … Read More

What’s your kudzu?

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] If you drive through any of the Southernmost states when the landscape is lush and green you will be amazed at the carpet of kudzu.  An extremely invasive plant that has been dubbed, “the vine that ate the South”, … Read More

All this work and my life hasn’t changed

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] In a recent podcast Dan read a question from a listener who said she had been reading all the right books, going to seminars and doing many of the typical steps to elevating herself to a better, more exciting … Read More

Escape your Shawshank Prison – this Thursday

Note: The webinar is over, but you can listen to the replay here I’ve noticed a pattern. People, who are called to create something significant, often encounter significant Resistance. Some call it spiritual warfare or Murphy’s Law. Bestselling author Steven Pressfield identified it as the “Resistance.” His predecessor Freud referred to it as the Death Wish—the destructive force inside human nature that rises whenever we consider a tough, long-term course of action that might do good for others or ourselves. If you’ve ever tried creating a business, a work of art, or a book you’ve felt it. If you’ve ever taken … Read More

I have a strong urge to purge

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] This seems to be the year for people to latch onto a specific theme word for their lives. Just one descriptive word they envision as a thread running through their daily busyness.  One simple, yet powerful word.    Our … Read More

Be Selfish

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I had a conversation with my daughter about a year ago that brought to light a truth for both of us.  The gist of it went along the line of her wanting me to watch her three girls while … Read More

The View From Here

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  Her newest book is titled Be Your Finest Art and that’s also the name of her group here in this community. She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] Early in our marriage Dan had a serious discussion with me about my tendency to … Read More

So What do YOU do?

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and is affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  Her newest book is titled Be Your Finest Art and that’s also the name of her group here in this community. She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I had a “friend” once ask me how on earth could I be content … Read More

Just Get a Real Job

[note color=”#FDD017″]This is a guest post by Joanne Miller.  She is my wife and affectionately known as Queen Mother in the 48Days community. She writes, serves the needs of others and spends time with her grandchildren.  Her newest book is titled Be Your Finest Art and that’s also the name of her group here in this community. She doesn’t use Twitter or Facebook but has more connections than anyone I know. If you’d like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.[/note] I am often asked how I coped with being married to an entrepreneur for so many years.  How … Read More

Oh the inexpressible comfort….

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing one of Joanne and my favorite quotations about friendship: “Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.”   Dinah Craik (1826 – 1887) English novelist and poet. I hope you have relationships like that to give you strength for the things you want to … Read More