Inspiration, Letting Go, Faith – The BridgeMaker

power of a kiss The Power of a Kiss

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Kissing is like drinking salted water. You drink, and your thirst increases. – Chinese Proverb
The Kiss (above) was painted by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt in 1909. A print of Klimt’s masterpiece hangs in my house. It serves as a mirror by reflecting the urgency, passion and sweetness a kiss can have.…

#thegoodstuff Just the Good Stuff

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And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars. – Beth Revis
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Mary Beth and I are faced with our yearly dilemma – how do we want to celebrate it?
My wife and I made a pact several years ago that we wouldn’t be influenced to give each other the obligatory card or the required roses.…

give way to fear Give Way

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You have to dream before your dreams can come true. – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Emily just finished playing the lead role of Rose in the musical Dogfight…. At 16, my daughter was simply wonderful.
Yep, I’m a proud parent, which is one reason why I’m saying she was incredible.

basics of love Waking Up to Love

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To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten. – Thomas Chandler
Life has a way of lulling me to sleep sometimes. Not sleep in the literal sense, but sleep in the my mind is numb and I feel so checked-out… sense.

celebrate you Celebrate the Beautiful You

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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss
The next time you are attending to someone’s needs, or diving headfirst into a project for work or making certain your responsibilities at home are not slipping, do something just as important as these things:
Stop and celebrate you.…

forgivness and letting go Christmas Forgiveness and the Gift of Letting Go

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I vow to let go of all worries and anxiety in order to be light and free. – Thich Nhat Han
Our family’s Christmas to-do list has been put on hold. With a couple of unexpected challenges, the family’s focus has turned to how we can support each other and not on trips to the shopping mall or finishing the house decorations.…

Strengthens Marriage How Dual-Zone Temperature Controls Strengthen My Marriage

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You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly. – Sam Keen
Sometimes the most ordinary things can bring the greatest clarity.
I experienced a moment of clarity driving home from the Thanksgiving holiday when I realized an important contributor to the strong marriage Mary Beth and I have built is something completely ordinary – dual-zone temperature controls.…

skipping lunch #SkippingLunch

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Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. – Lao Tzu
The Christmas season is here. Radio stations are playing holiday music, stores are beautifully decorated and gifts catalogs from L.L. Bean and the Kansas City Steak Company have been carefully inspected to find the right gifts for the right people.…

simple path to giving thanks A Simple Path – To Giving Thanks

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart
The holiday season is here. Between planning a trip to Virginia for Thanksgiving and getting a head start on our Christmas shopping, Mary Beth and I were in the thick of it on Saturday.…