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A Cold Winter's Night

Many people despise winter.  They grumble and complain about all of its nuisances.  I, personally, like my dad's view of all the ups and downs of every season:  "It's better than no weather at all."  Even in the bone chilling, snow covered days of winter we can find something for which to be grateful.  I am reminded of an event in Thornton Wilder's play Our Town when the heroine is granted one more precious day on earth.  Eventually, she can bear her visit no more because she took soooooo much for granted.  She laments, ". . . . all that was going on and we never noticed. . . Mama and Papa . . .clocks ticking. . . food and coffee . . . hot baths . . . Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you."

Let's begin tonight to search for the beauty of the winter. 

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Parenting is a Marathon - Not a 5K
Like marathon running, when you become a parent you're in it for the long haul. It's not a 5K. It's not even a 42.2K. It's a lifetime of determination, energy, and sweat. But unlike marathon running, with parenting there is more than one finish line, and every time a child hugs you, tells you he loves you, or has his own personal wins - you become a winner as well :-)

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New Beginnings and Fresh Tracks
A wonderful treat on New Year's day is waking up to a blanket of fresh white snow covering the earth. It beckons and begs the soul to create something. A snowman, an igloo, a trail... When venturing outside and making in tracks in fresh snow, one soon sees that other creatures have already left their marks. Birds with tiny Y tracks barely scratch the surface. Deer whose hooves make deep, delicate hearts in places. What kind of marks do you make? Are your tracks deep and grooved from boots with traction? Or do you wear snowshoes and barely scratch the surface?

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The Harvest

In order to have an abundant harvest many things must happen:

A fertile seed must be planted in nutrient rich soil.
The seed must receive sufficient rainfall and sunlight.
The seed must be protected from weeds and disease.
The seed must have time to mature.

As I ponder this miraculous process of the circle of life, it reminds me of people. We come into life so new and pretty and tender. If we have been given the right amount of food, attention and protection we can grow into a strong adult that can withstand and weather much. But it takes time to develop the wisdom and experience that comes with living many years of life on this earth.

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Everyone Has a Story to Tell - Make the World a Better Place by Sharing Yours

Do you have a story to tell?  Do you know of someone who should write a book about their interesting life?  By telling me your story, you could win money for yourself and help Native American people receive the tools they need to achieve self-sufficiency. 

Since becoming and author, I have realized that everyone has a unique story that could ultimately make the world a better place.  Jack Canfield author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, capitalized on this idea going on to sell over 500 million copies of other people's stories.    Recently, I partnered with a charity called Running Strong for American Indian Youth.  I was inspired by the heart-touching story of one of its co-founders, William Mervin Mills.  The world knows him as Billy Mills, but on the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Billy was born, he is known as MakoceTe'Hila (meaning Loves His Country or Respects the Earth).  Before he reached the tender and life-changing age of twelve, Billy had lost both his mother and father.  Billy adored his father and learned many virtuous life lessons from him - shaping him into the nurturing man he is today.

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