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    I Remember Everything

    I had a discussion with a family member recently that exposed an ability that I thought I had lost. They reminded me of a discussion where I had said something I had no memory of saying. I actually had no memory of the conversation at all. This person is, by far, the most detailed individual I know. If they said I said it, I likely said it.   This disturbed me greatly. I was unable to recall any part of that conversation. How is it possible that I had a conversation that I had no memory of, a serious conversation with an important person. I needed to work this out. For two days I concentrated,…

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    Thoughts on Fatherhood, Faith and Suffering

    Letter to a friend with a terrible father: Written on April 20, 2020  I knew being a good father was important, but I didn’t truly realize the impact and importance of the “why” until recently.  My father was in the hospital with double pneumonia back in February.  It almost killed him.  I think he had Covid19.  All tests were normal when my Mom and brother finally talked him into going to the ER Monday 2/17/20.   Before releasing him that evening, the ER doc ordered a CT of his lungs just to be sure everything was ok.  Things were not okay.  It was bilateral pneumonia that the X-ray missed.  He would…

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    Return to Oz…

    There is a magical place on a mountaintop in Western North Carolina.  The Land of Oz was a theme park that operated from 1970 through 1980 on top of Beech Mountain.  Fortunately, the Yellow Brick Road remains to this day.  The park is privately owned, but is opened to the public several weekends a year now.    At an elevation of 5,506 feet, the Land of Oz is perched among the highest peaks in the eastern United States.  There is an observation point near the entrance called the Judy Garland Overlook.  On a clear day, you can see 130+ miles in almost every direction.  It is an amazing location and…

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    Everyday is a bonus day!

    Sunday August 11, 2019 I have felt “good” since Memorial Day 2019, ten weeks and six days ago.  I am just as surprised as you are! My version of “good” is not likely the same as yours.  I am not pain free, I do not expect to ever be pain free. I have, however, found a natural pain relief method that is the most effective pain management tool I’ve ever used.  More on that later.    This is a long summary.  It has taken almost 19 years to get to this point!  Please forgive me if it looks like I’m writing a book – I am.  I appreciate you taking the…

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    Adjust your life accordingly…

    “But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~ C.S. Lewis “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” ~ Helen Keller “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear to his heart and eye the morning can be.” ~ Bram Stoker “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way…