Life Lessons

You Always Have the Ability to Make Good Choices

You Always Have the Ability to Make Good Choices

We all make CHOICES. Your CHOICES affect you. My CHOICES affect me. Can your CHOICES affect me? YES. But how YOU react is YOUR CHOICE. Power to Make Choices We have amazing autonomy in our lives. There are times when we are saddled with situations that seem unbearable and that life has taken our ability…

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The Questions That Will Make My Grandson Amazing

grandma ellis and little roy

Another grandson was born recently, so my wife and I traveled to North Dakota to spend time with him (and his parents, too). While holding Little Roy and listening to his grunts and cooing, I couldn’t help but consider the LIFE before him. What will he become? Will he choose to follow his mother and father’s…

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The Value of Small Acts Have Absolutely Priceless Results

The Value of Small Acts Have Absolutely Priceless Results

We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, seemingly small things bring to pass great things. – President Dallin H. Oaks What great things have you done in your life? Well? Have you… Solved a human rights issue? Discovered a cure for a disease? Saved a life? Written…

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Forget About It, No Really, You’ve Forgotten About It

Forget About It, No Really, You've Forgotten About It

“Give it to me,” I rumbled under my breath. “Give you what?” he sincerely responds. “You know what,” I say accusing, growling lightly. “Really, I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he innocently shrugs. “Quit screwing with me! You had it this morning! You even told me you had it!” I pleaded, trying to call…

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Is It Worth Raising Remarkable Gentlemen?

Is It Worth Raising Remarkable Gentlemen

Are we losing the battle of raising gentlemen? Does the world even value these traditional traits anymore? Is There Room In Today’s World For Gentlemen? I refuse to make an excuse for these expectations, even in a climate frowning upon such gentleman basics. The threat may be a misperceived notion that I am teaching my…

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Life Lessons: These 5 Successful Fundamentals Deliver

Life Lessons: These 5 Successful Fundamentals Deliver

Let’s be morbidly honest, my life is more than half over. I’m okay with that. Save the pity party for someone else, unless you are serving Oreos, then I’m in. Wow, I am ‘so’ able to digress. Focus. LIFE and I have a wonderful relationship. At times we argue, at times we embrace and laugh,…

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It’s Impossible to Save Others When You’re Drowning

It's Impossible to Save Others When You're Drowning

We live in a world where more and more is expected of us. The pace of technology has made us “available” 24/7. Our switches are forever in the “ON” position. When answering the constant call of technology, when do you have time for YOURSELF? In the midst of devoting your daily tasks to your profession…

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Surrender to the Matriarchal Rule of Siri

Surrender to the Matriarchal Rule of Siri

Is it considered a conspiracy if it’s true? Well then, let me change the title to, “Females run my life!” There, the truth is out! “How far away is the place we’re going to?” I ask my wife. “I’m not sure, ask Siri,” she says with a shake of her head. “Siri, how far away…

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10 Tips to Be a Better Wife and Look After Your Husband

A friend of mine recently posted a newspaper clipping on a social media site about “Tips to Look After Your Husband” – Extract from 1950 Home Economics Book. In reading the article, my first thought was, “Makes sense.” Before you block my profile off of Medium, let me explain. My thought came after reading the…

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How to Improve Your Community and World by Improving Yourself

Improve yourself and your community and the world will follow.

Doable tried and true attitudes and actions guaranteed to make LIFE better. The list below is in no special order. Ready…set…go! Treat others fairly and with respect. Pick up trash on the ground when you see it (okay, that was my dad). Help put away chairs and tables at the end of a church function…

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