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Personal Purpose – and Why This Friday is Good

…and they twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. – Matthew 27:29

You and I do not know the date and the hour – but He did. Our days are numbered, we know that, but we don’t know when we’ll be called Home. But He did. And He knew how. I can’t imagine the fear. That night in the Garden of Gethsemane He so grappled with His inevitability that He sweat blood. (Luke 22:44)

It’s a real thing, you know, sweating blood. It’s called Hematidrosis and it is a rare, but very real, medical condition where one’s sweat will contain blood. The sweat glands are surrounded by tiny blood vessels. These vessels can constrict and then dilate to the point of rupture where the blood will then effuse into the sweat glands. Its cause? Extreme anguish.

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This Chapter in My Life is Titled: Fit by 55

We are all subject to “internal narratives.” 100% of our life occurs in that 10-inch space between our ears and 90% of it never actually happens. We “borrow trouble.” Have arguments that never occur. Conversations that never happen. We worry about things that are so remote from ever actually happening – yet we waste the brain power and emotion in their consideration. 

I’m fascinated by internal narratives – by self-talk – so much so that I’ll write a big blog post about it one day and interview a couple of folks who work in the field of self-talk. Back to why I even bring it up – I’m certain that if a psychologist could hear my thoughts – live an hour inside my brain – they would deem me clinically insane. Certifiable. I think in story lines. In chapter and verse. Plot. Character development. Crazy, right?! [Read more…]

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Citizenship, Membership & the Cocktail Caucus!

We saw it again over the last few days – absolute vitriolic outbursts on social media. Yelling. Screaming. Name calling. All in the name of politics. My response on social media…

It must stop. We must dial back the rhetoric. Our nation’s political system is at absolute gridlock and I believe that cooler heads must prevail and reasonable people must find common ground to move our great society forward. [Read more…]

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Can You Believe It’s Been a Year?!

Facebook, the source of all knowledge, informs me of this…

Wild. One year ago, today, the good citizens of Johnstown elected me their mayor. It remains among the greatest honors of my life. Not a day has passed that I haven’t challenged myself to put our citizens first, to think and act on their behalf, and to use my God-given skills of communication, intuition, and discernment to act in their best interest. [Read more…]

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The One Constant in Life is Baseball…

I guess I am a bigger fan of what it represents than I am the game itself. Baseball is good. I don’t think I could name a single player for the Colorado Rockies, but baseball is good. I know that the Cubs won the world series last year, but I only know that because the freakin’ Cubs won the World Series!?! I couldn’t tell you who won the year before.

I couldn’t tell you who the contenders are. I couldn’t tell you the top players or the top prospects. But baseball is good. My son plays it. I can play it with him, not at a very high level, mind you, but we can throw the ball back and forth in the backyard while mom has a glass of wine and reads her book. Baseball is good.  [Read more…]

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Do You WANT IT More?

I don’t know how this happened because I rarely flip channels and I even more rarely watch women’s basketball, but it happened…

(Allow me to digress – If you ever catch yourself saying, “I don’t know how it happened,” then you already know the answer – it was God intervening – a sweet little nugget from the man above who is constantly and gently trying to get your attention.)

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