In this Journal, I will attempt to strip away my protective veneer to view and communicate honestly what the truth is as I perceive it. My intent is to grow, for without an honest evaluation of the truth, how else can one fully absorb life's more difficult lessons and benefit by them. If I do this in secret, then I am still hiding behind a protective veneer, so it is being published online. If you find this Journal, you are welcome to read it and hopefully grow from it as well. If you like, you can also share some of your own lessons in life.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Ikaika Playing Baseball

Anne's and my grandson Ikaika plays for the Pirates in a T-Ball league of 4-year-olds. Here he is at bat, with his dad, our son Kyle, coaching him.

With Love To All ~ Dick

Sunday, April 16, 2017

My Life And Your Life

Dear Reader,

You may recently have noticed that I've published very little and written nothing new. May I tell you why?

Because of low back issues, I've taken medications that caused me other problems, including a partial day in the hospital. I'm still recovering from the after affects.

But I'm seeking to change my life in ways I'm still discovering, knowing there is no growth without change. In this difficult respit, I'm taking time to think.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


This photo was taken from a recent art party Anne's and my 8 1/2-year-old granddaughter Carina attended:

With Love To All ~ Dick

Today's Meditation

Today, while in an MRI machine making images of my painful back, I meditated.

It would be ideal for each of us to periodically rethink our lives from a fresh perspective and that is what I did today.

A Message Presented In Prayer

During my prayer of Sunday, 3/12/17 I received this message.


In preparation for Anne's and my son Kyle's 50th birthday party, he and Diane reviewed the 10-minute highlight film shown on his 40th birthday party.

Their son, 4-year-old Ikaika watched the film and wanted to know why he was not in it.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

4th Quarter, 2016 Updates

These photos were taken during the holidays. The top photo is of Anne's and my youngest son Clayton with me, middle photo, our grandchildren, and the bottom photo is of our three sons.

In addition, our granddaughter, 8-year-old Carina was "Two Toes" (A Pirate) in the musical play "Neverland" (Peter Pan) and Carina and her 11-year-old brother Cameron performed in a "Holiday Recital." Individually, they played the piano, and Carina also sang. It was fun for everyone

Lastly, one day in November, our 3 1/2-year-old grandson Ikaika began calling his dad, "Buddy Boy," which made me laugh. Kyle persuaded him to stop doing that.

With Love To All ~ Dick