Monthly Archives: November 2015

Flockin’ to Cali

To get WiFi during our visit to SoCal, we usually buy a Coke at McDonalds and use their free internet. Next door is a Christmas tree lot which imports the trees from Oregon. Part of their service is to offer flocking, adding artificial snow to trees. While that might be a good idea, only in Cali will you find pink, red, and blue flocked trees. It reminds us of a Smurf convention. Guess we’ll head back to MA to find the real snow flocked trees.

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in California, Winter


Another day with the Mouse

Carol and I spent the morning of our last day in SoCal by visiting Disneyland. We spent the bulk of our time in the Star Wars themed area. We even met Chewbacca and Thor. It proved to be a relaxing time.

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in California, Disneyland, Photos


Live in hope, not in fear

During the first half of the NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks on November 29, 2015, the Steelers went for a fake field goal. Landry Jones’ attempted pass was intercepted by the Seahawks Jeremy Lane, who returned it 54 yards to set up a touchdown. At halftime, Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin was asked about taking the risk rather than going for the safer three points. Tomlin responded, “We don’t live in our fears; we live in our hopes.”

Some expect the worst and avoid taking risks while others expect the best and strive to excel. Some people play not to lose while others play to win.


Christmas goes to the dogs

Sunday afternoon, Carol, Jonathan, and I went to Amanda & Phillip’s apartment to enjoy dinner together, along with Journey & Molly, of course. Since the Sturgeon’s will not be with us for Christmas, we exchanged presents with them for an early Christmas.

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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Family & Friends, Photos


Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, Carol & I and Nancy & Russ Spradlin and our respective families took Tom & Barbara Bolinger out for lunch to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Not all the kids and grandkids were able to be there, and we missed Ruth & John Jordan and Dan & Mihoko Bolinger and their families as well as Caitlin Wheeler. We enjoyed a barbecue feast at Lucille’s and then went back to the house for a cake from Costco. The figurines by the cake were from Tom & Barbara’s original wedding cake.

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Posted by on November 28, 2015 in Family & Friends, Photos


Thanks for godly examples

On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for Tom & Barbara Bolinger, my in-laws. Today is their 60th anniversary. I’m thankful for godly examples of what a committed marriage looks like.



Pursued by the dark side

Disneyland has added a new attraction–Star Wars Launch Bay and Superheroes HQ. While we were there, we had confrontations with Darth Vader and Boba Fett, saw displays from the Star Wars movies and examined the many variations of Iron Man’s Hall of Armor.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Disneyland, Photos


Holidays with the Mouse – Nighttime edition

Disneyland after dark is always a spectacular event. The World of Color in California Adventure is geared towards to holidays, which adds to the magic.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Disneyland, Photos


Holidays with the Mouse

We’re in SoCal visiting family. What visit would not be complete without a trip to Disneyland? It’s one of our favorite places, especially when decorated for the holidays.

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Posted by on November 25, 2015 in Disneyland, Photos


Practical tools for a life of success

The Entitlement CureBook Review: The Entitlement Cure: Finding success in doing hard things the right way, by Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend has written a very helpful book aimed at correcting an entitlement mentality. The book can be useful for someone who struggles with that approach to life or for someone trying to help someone caught up in that mindset.

For those not familiar with the concept, entitlement is the belief that “I am exempt from responsibility and I am owed special treatment. Entitlement is: The man who thinks he is above all the rules. The woman who feels mistreated and needs others to make it up to her.”

The author believes that the solution to entitlement is “the Hard Way.” The Hard Way is “the habit of doing what is best, rather than what is comfortable, to achieve a worthwhile outcome.” Following the hard way will lead to: a path to reaching your own goals and dreams; better-quality relationships; a clarified career and job direction; a way to face and solve challenges; better self-care and life balance; and spiritual growth.

Throughout the book, Dr. Townsend provides skills and exercises to help people overcome the entitlement mindset. He provides strategies to help one grasp the value of keeping inconvenient commitments, finding ways to minimize regrets, how to take a meaningful risk every week, and understanding why saying “I don’t know” is the first step toward success.

If you find yourself stuck in “easy way” living, this book will encourage you how to make progress in overcoming it. Well-worth reading.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on November 22, 2015 in Books, Culture