10 Dec

To Water The Roads Or Not To Water The Roads – That Is The Question.

William_ShakespeareAhhh… Shakespeare. Who doesn’t enjoy a good Shakespeare reference? “To be or not to be, that is the question.” This quote from Hamlet is one of the most famous quotations in world literature today. Can you imagine the awe William Shakespeare would feel if he could see the significance of his works in our society after over four (4) centuries? I’d venture to say he would be astonished. I know I would be if people were still reading my blogs after 400 years. LOL 

Anyway… as I was driving back home this morning after my workout, I noticed several people along the way watering the roads. Yes, you heard me correctly; they were watering the roads! As often happens for me here in Costa Rica, I smiled and thought “I love this place?”

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03 Dec

Why Am I Thankful?

StarfishBetter late than never… someone once told me. Do you ever wonder who comes up with these sayings? Wouldn’t it be cool to be THE ONE who made a saying like this fashionable and timeless? I mean come on… if the “where’s the beef” lady can live on forever with a saying like that, I’m sure one of us can think of something clever. Someone had to say it first, right? BTW: If you feel a sudden burst of inspiration, please share… I would love to say I knew the person who coined the phrase “all we are is dust in the wind, dude” or something like that. 

Why Am I Thankful? I’m sure this question was on all your minds this past week. For me, I found out something interesting as I traveled back to Atlanta, Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends.

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18 Nov

They Paved Paradise And Put Up A Parking Lot

Live Fence PostsHow many of you knew these words were from a song named Big Yellow Taxi. Or, that it was originally written and performed by Joni Mitchell? Does your memory of this song have Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows singing it featuring Vanessa Carlton? Or maybe you remember the sweet voice of Amy Grant singing her version. Well… the verse that always grabbed my attention was this one. 

They took all the trees and put ‘em in a tree museum
And then they charged all the people twenty-five bucks just to see ‘em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
 

One of my favorite aspects of living in Nosara, Costa Rica is

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15 Nov

Paddle…Wait…Catch A Wave…Wipe Out…Repeat!

John's Surfing WipeoutAt least… this is how it works for me when I’m surfing at Playa Guiones in Nosara, Costa Rica. I’ve never had so much fun beating up my body as when I was learning to surf this past weekend. And here’s the rub… my mind and my body still have not yet synchronized their life clocks. My mind says “Yeah baby, take that BIG wave and ride it just for a bit, then wipe out hard in front of that group of girls because the wipe outs look totally awesome and they’re just as much fun as riding the wave.” My body says, “Whoa… wait just one minute!  Take the small wave and ride it all the way into shore so you can jump off in about 2 feet of water and not get hurt. Forget the looking cool thing.” Yeah right… guess who wins!  You know it… my mind, which seems to forget that I’m over 40 but still remembers how nothing hurt when I was in my teens and twenties.

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10 Nov

How Do You Inspire Your Children?

Happy Jodi, John & SageDo you ever wonder what habits, thoughts, and lessons your kids are TRULY picking up from you? I know my wife, Jodi and I think about this a lot. Matter of fact, I can remember vividly when our daughter, Sage, was a toddler and we were “teaching” her about right and wrong, do’s and don’ts, the good, the bad, the ugly… you know, the typical parenting stuff you read in What To Expect: The Toddler Years.  Well… let’s just say if we had more time to think BEFORE we acted we might have handled this particular situation a tad bit differently. After our failed parenting session, I said to Jodi, “I think we just gave Sage some good stuff for her first therapy session. Forget the college fund; we need to setup a therapy fund.” Of course we chuckled at each other and committed to improving ourselves so this would not happen again.

As Sage has moved into her upper elementary years, there’s a whole new set of rules for parenting.  Who knew? Maybe you did, but we sure did not. NOW…

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