Turning A Dream Into A Home

Turning A Dream Into A Home

Our dream house is 99.99% completed. We moved into it at the end of August and have been unpacking and decorating it to make it our home. The dream itself is about eight years old, so my wife Jan and I are elated that we’re living in the house. Since moving in, I’ve...
What Is Your Creative Capacity?

What Is Your Creative Capacity?

The art book in the photograph belonged to my maternal grandmother Grace Myrtle (Williams) Kilbourn. The art book is copyrighted 1906 and one of my grandmother’s mounted drawings in it is dated ‘June 1910.’ After Grace’s father died in 1908 she was sent to live with...
Transforming Menial into Memorable

Transforming Menial into Memorable

When is the last time you consciously humbled yourself? When you said, “I’m sorry” to a family member? When you gave the right of way? When you gave time to a child when you were in a hurry? Humbling oneself can be a learned trait, but it doesn’t always come easy. It...
When Does Retirement Begin?

When Does Retirement Begin?

I was sitting in the Donut Hole in Rosemary Beach, Florida having recently retired. I was chatting with a new acquaintance and asked him what he was doing to prepare for retirement. Without letting a second pass, he replied, “I’ve been preparing for retirement since I...
Birthdays

Birthdays

On January 30, 2013 I asked my Dad what he wanted for his birthday which was on February 9th. I should have known that his response was going to catch me by surprise. He blurted out, “I just want the birthday,” and added a big laugh. His thoughts were on material...