Thursday, September 30, 2010


I have been given the honor to participate in Patti Digh's Self Help Blog Tour 2010!

I am a big fan of Patti's work.  I have read her Life is a Verb book, cover to cover many times and I also regularly stalk her on her blog.

Patti's newest book asks if life is really as complicated as we make it?  Do we need all of the self help, and diet books that line the shelves at Barnes and Noble and fill up countless web pages over the Internet.

Is life really that complicated or could we create shift in areas of our lives by living more simply, with intention?

Patti's advice to replace the billion dollar weight loss industry is to simply, "Move more, Eat less".  Do we need special diets, counting calories and points? 

Want to reduce your stress levels?  Patti advises, "Jump up and Down".

The book covers twelve areas of our life with concise thoughts and action to apply.  Each topic that is covered in the book is followed with beautiful artwork, illustrating an idea in four words.

I was amazed at the power that was contained by taking an action within four words.

Two of my favorites:

Risk your own significance. 

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living-Nelson Mandela

Be someone else's lighthouse.  As soon as I read this, I thought that is who my wife is for me. 

My Self help advice:

Marathon Training:  Run Uphill, Run downhill.

Go to the Theatre: Buy front row seats.

Service: Do what you can.

Life: Run to the Roar  "Safety is found on the other side of the darkness, not in running towards the light."-Michael Meade

Saturday, September 11, 2010


It has been nine years since the fabric of our country was forever changed by the terrorist attacks in New York city, Washington D.C and a field in Pennsylvania.

I ran the 9/11 Remembrance Run - America Goes the Distance 10 mile race this morning.

I added 1.09 miles so I ran 11.09 miles on 09/11.

After the race, we had the opportunity to write a message to the troops that are deployed overseas.

That was a really powerful experience to be able to give thanks to those who protect our freedoms, those who stand for our country, our way of life.

What words can properly convey the gratitude to those men and women who serve our country? 

Shortly after 9/11,  we watched young men and women pledge their honor to our country at Mile High Stadium as they were inducted into the armed forces.

I wonder if these young people are still in the military, serving our country.

Tonight Sue, Laura and I had dinner at Big Bill's Pizza.  Every since 9/11 Bill has donated all of the proceeds for the day to a charity. 

For Bill and his staff, this is a day to never forget and it is a day of giving.

His entire staff works for free on this day.

Last year Bill and his staff raised 55,000 for cancer research.

Please check out this excellent article from Patti Digh and take some time to remember the lives that were lost and the hearts that were broken on this day nine years ago.

"Let's roll."-Todd Beamer, passenger on United Airlines flight #93.