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Procrastination – Can You Afford the Cost?

Several years ago, I had an experience that haunts me to this day.  If there was any way possible to turn back the clock and re-live that Saturday, it would be such a blessing.  Not because there was anything traumatic or ugly that transpired that day, but just the absolute frustration of an exciting opportunity lost to the far too common ease of procrastination.

A few years after we had purchased a cabin in the high mountains of the Manti-La […]

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Even a Simple Wound Can Kill

One of my favorite gifts as a kid was a 30lb. fiberglass recurve bow I got for Christmas.  I loved shooting my bow and would practice in the back yard shooting at cardboard boxes for hours.  The arrows I was using were nothing like the aluminum of carbon fiber arrows of today.  They were very basic wooden arrows with a metal field tip crimped on the end.  I only had three arrows and they were really showing the signs […]

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Patience – the Answers Will Come

My wife and I recently attended a Christmas concert downtown the same night there was a major sporting event a few blocks away.  We hadn’t really thought it through beforehand, but the concert ended about the same time as the sporting event.  We quickly realized what a mistake we’d made.  The traffic, with over 50,000 fans and concert attendees all trying to leave the already congested downtown streets at the same time, became an absolute nightmare!
It was a major […]

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Sweet and Sticky Sap Survival Tips

I remember the first time I tasted real, pure maple syrup on my waffles – I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!  I was hooked but was quickly brought back to reality when I discovered a half gallon of pure Vermont maple syrup cost more than $50!  I was willing to justify the cost but was quickly vetoed by my budget conscious wife.  There are times I have to secretly purchase a small quantity and hid it in […]

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Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!

The Better Business Bureau recently published an article regarding their partnership with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to help families prepare for possible terrorist attack strikes, or natural disasters.
“Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”, this year’s theme for National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month provides an opportunity to remind everyone to prepare themselves and their families now, and throughout the year.
Encouraging awareness is an important goal, but unfortunately, many families will put off properly […]

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The Cold Can Kill

Being properly prepared for cold weather can be an overlooked but critical part of grid-down preparedness.  Sometimes it takes a wake-up call to help us realize just how fragile life can be in extreme weather.  The Northeastern States have really been buffeted with unusually cold weather this year.  With one of the coldest Thanksgivings on record, many suffered from not being properly prepared for the extra cold conditions.
I was saddened to read about a Wisconsin family who recently experienced […]

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What Does “Survival” Mean to You?

When it comes to the topic of survival, one quickly discovers there are many differing interpretations as to the meaning of the word itself, let along how to actually deal with surviving.  You see, there are those who are just trying to survive from paycheck to paycheck, or others who are trying to survive a bad marriage or relationship.  Then there are those who may be struggling with surviving a difficult college class or working for a harsh employer. […]

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Don’t Let It Take Your Life

My son is a corporate pilot so I’m always sensitive to any news I hear regarding problems with aircraft or tragic crashes.  A couple of days ago, I happened to read about a private plane crash in central Iowa that killed all four passengers.
What especially caught my attention was the cause of the crash.  All the passengers were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning and weren’t aware of it which lead to their demise.  That’s the insidiousness of carbon monoxide […]

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How Bad Can Things Get?

It’s hard to imagine how devastating the wildfires in California must be for those living in the path of these terrible wildfires.  Based on the most recent count, there have been 66 fatalities and 631 still unaccounted for.  The blaze has destroyed nearly 9,000 homes and forced at least 52,000 to evacuate.
There is no question, for those involved, things couldn’t be worse – but could they?
I came across an interesting video clip on YouTube recently that I found quite […]

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