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Posted on: Jun 20, 2018 at 4:33 AM
I took some time off from income taxes on Sunday and took Cindy to see "I Can Only Imagine." It is an incredible movie about Bart Millard, the lead singer for MercyMe. However, it is really an inspiring story of redemption and forgiveness. I would highly recommend it.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2017 at 4:33 AM
Posted on: Sep 08, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Hi Pirates! I had really been hoping to be able to attend the reunion. My wife has had numerous medical issues over the past 5 years. About a year ago the doctors thought they had it figured out, and things were going well until about 2 months ago. They had to run all the tests for the insurance company, and had scheduled her for an outpatient procedure tomorrow. That was really the deciding factor. They did the final tests last week and Tuesday, and just informed her that they are not sure what is causing the issue and cancelled the procedure. Besides that, I am still a practicing CPA (one of these days I'll get it right and not have to practice any more). Next Thursday is the deadline for the businesses that extended returns, and I have my share of procrastinators.
Any way, I will miss seeing you all this time around. I'll be thinking about you all this weekend.
Posted on: Jun 20, 2016 at 4:33 AM
Posted on: May 28, 2016 at 2:14 PM
This photo was taken two nights ago, May 26, 2016, after our grandson graduated from high school. The photo is of my wife, Cindy, our grandson, Jordan and me. Jordan came to live with us 11 years ago. Jordan called us pleading with us to allow him to come live with us, after he had convinced his mother that he wanted to leave. He was 8 at the time. This has given me some time to reflect on the past 50 years, since our graduation. I don't want to get too philosophical about things, but had a few thoughts I wanted to share with you all.
It seems like when I've spoken with "older" people who have already had their 50th reunions, the talk always turns to success. In fact, yesterday Jordan asked me "Papa, how did you become so successful?" This is what really got me thinking about things and what I really consider to be success. Far too often, people judge success by how much they have earned, the size of their retirement accounts, the toys they have in their garage, the places they have traveled, and all the other material things in life. The question is, does that really measure success? Have you ever seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul?
I have been Blessed over the years with the ability to do a lot of things I would never have dreamed possible 50 years ago. I have been involved with some very intense leadership training and development courses, both as a student and as an assistant to the trainer, through a group called Rapport Leadership International in Las Vegas. Through this training, I have walked, barefoot, across a 20 - 30 foot bed of red hot coals, climbed a 40 foot telephone pole, and jumped off (I was tethered) and a number of other things. These were really exciting, but, the most important thing that I have taken from these courses, is a sense of what I consider to be Success. So, if you don't mind, I just want to share this piece by Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"To laugh often and love much;
to win the respect of intelligent persons
and the affection of children;
to earn the approbation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty;
to find the best in others;
to give of one's self;
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
or a redeemed social condition;
to have played and laughed with enthusiasm
and sung with exaltation;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived - this is
to have succeeded!"
While I have experienced many things since leaving Rocky River, I have to say that none of it would have been possible without God's Blessings. I truly do owe everything to Him.
OK, I'm going to close this out now with one final thought. In reading the posts, I realize that, as a teenager, I'm not the only one who probably did things that I now wish I could take back. So, if I did anything or said anything to anyone that was hurtful or unkind, I sincerely apologize, and ask for your forgiveness.
Posted on: Apr 28, 2016 at 12:47 PM
Hi All, and greeting from Tucson, AZ! I've been a Tucsonan since 1970. Moved here after I graduated from Kent State in 1970 and did graduate work at the U of A. I'm a CPA, have my own accounting firm in Tucson and am still working. I really love the work, at least from May through mid January. I also teach accounting and finance at the University of Phoenix. Being the "senior most faculty member" sounds even worse that having a 50th reunion!
Life is good. My wife, Cindy, and I have a blended family, with a combined total of 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl) and 11 grandchildren. Our oldest has been living with us for the past 10 years. He will graduate from High School on May 26 and has enlisted in the Coast Guard. He will be headed to Cape May, NJ for basic on August 23.
At this point, I'm hoping to make it back in September. Not 100% certain, but working on it.
This is a "selfie" I took of Cindy and me at the Tucson Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
Hope everyone is well.