Monthly Archives: May 2017

Lessons Learned from Senseless Acts of Terror

I think that I can say with great certainty that almost everyone, at least in the United States, can recall where they were on September 11, 2001.  Many of us watched in horror as the Twin Towers crumbled and thousands of innocent people died in one of the most horrific terror attacks in history.

Prior to 9/11 there were dozens of terror attacks against the United States all on foreign soil except the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center, that killed seven and wounded 1,042.  Since then our nightly news feeds have been filled with reports of shootings, bombings, riots and terror attacks.  So much so that some psychologist believe that many of us are becoming “desensitized” or less emotionally impacted, to news of terror.

Violence is becoming so frequent in our media and that coupled with immediate access to a dynamic and vigorous stream of news due to the rise in technology creates an unemotional connection to these violent events.  The more exposure people have to these actions without being personally involved leaves them less emotionally impacted.  The unfortunate result of this is that we pay less attention to our surroundings, we are less likely to stop and help someone, and we become less empathetic.

Why do I bring this up?  Why broach this subject?  Why shine a light on terror and death?  Because it pains me to know that innocent children are killed by people who do not value life.  Because my heart aches for the parents who

By |2017-10-30T10:14:49+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

Ten Simple Tips To Eliminate Struggle & Increase Ease In Your Life

I have the good fortune to live in a beautiful area of California on a little plot of land that I can call my own. I have two horses and a dog that I love with all of my heart. I have a John Deere tractor and Gator that play a big part in helping me to maintain my property, and almost every weekend you can find me at my barn cleaning up, tending to the garden, pulling weeds, mowing the riverbed and whatever else it takes to keep things in good order. My best thoughts come to me when I am out in nature and doing my chores. This past weekend as I was mulching around my trees and I thought about what creates the struggle in our life. Maybe it is because Mercury has been in retrograde because I have observed people’s actions and words to be of resistance and strife lately. Regardless of the reason for these times of tussles, the following suggestions to eliminate the struggle is what came to me as I was working at the barn:

  1. Stay In Your Lane. This is a simple concept especially if you are someone who spends time driving around on the planet. There are a set of rules and courtesies that we learn about driving that help to limit the number of accidents and potential people clashing incidents as we are traveling to and from the places we go.       The main useful driving directive is
By |2017-10-30T10:14:49+00:00May 16th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments


“Desiderata” is Latin for “things desired”.  This poem has always held great wisdom for me; it still does.  As I was de-cluttering the desktop on my computer today, I came across it and read it again.  Although this was written over ninety years ago by Max Ehrmann, an American writer, poet, and attorney, the advice and acumen of these words remain relevant and valuable today.  As a side note, Ehrmann was fifty-four years old when he penned this poem which did not achieve fame until after his death at age seventy-two.  It goes to show you, it is never too late, and you are never too old.  Please take the time to read and absorb these words of eternal good sense.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full

By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00May 11th, 2017|Categories: Lines In The Sand, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

What Do Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day? The Top 10 Best Gifts all Mother’s Would Love

Mother’s Day was proclaimed a national holiday in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed a declaration designating the second Sunday in May as a day to honor mothers.  Since then, there is no doubt that moms across America have experienced everything from breakfast in bed featuring burnt toast and cold coffee to a measly Mother’s Day card purchased the night before at 7-Eleven.

I have three boys; 2Sox, Chief, and Winston.  That’s right, the closest I have come to motherhood is my current brood of a really smart Australian Shepherd and two retired ranch horses so I was curious about what moms really want for Mother’s Day.  I did some research and after compiling the data I have come up with this top ten list:

  1. A Day All To Herself.  As much as moms love being moms, they also crave a day all to themselves.  That’s right, simply a day off to do whatever she wants.  No cooking, no cleaning, no car-pooling or any other mom duties; nothing, zero, zilch, none.  So, if you are looking for a treasured gift for mom, here you go.  If you want to encourage mom to carve out some quiet time for herself each day, consider a “Be” – Attitudes Kit.
  2. Sleep. It is no secret that most moms are sleep deprived so there should be no astonishment over the fact that she wants to sleep, sleep, sleep.  So, let her!  All day if she wants.  And, this might include an afternoon
By |2019-05-09T09:50:44+00:00May 5th, 2017|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments

Book Recommendation: ‘Wishes Fulfilled’ by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

“Part of me suspects I’m a loser, and part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”  — John Lennon

This is the opening quote in the book Wishes Fulfilled by the late Dr. Wayne Dyer.  In the book, Dyer asks, “Are you willing to internalize radical new ideas that require a shift in your concept of yourself?”  He urges the reader to keep in mind that all that now exists was once imagined and that what you want to exist for you in the future must now be imagined.  You are urged to take charge of your imagination.  After all, anything placed in your imagination and held there ultimately becomes your reality.

Dyer offers up the following rules for a Healthy Imagination:

Rule number one:  Never place into your imagination any thought that you would not want to materialize.

Rule number two:  Never allow your imagination to be contaminated by ideas about how your life used to be.  This is where your willingness to change your concept of yourself comes in.

Rule number three:  Your imagination is yours and yours alone.  Never allow someone else’s ideas about what is possible or impossible for you to occupy your imagination.

Rule number four:  Do not let your imagination be restricted to the current conditions in your life.  Don’t be obsessed with what is.

Another piece of advice that resonated with me is that it is absolutely imperative to learn how to believe, in your imagination, the feeling of already having

By |2017-10-30T10:14:50+00:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Book Recommendation, Thoughts from the Barn|0 Comments