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Category Archive for "Memoirs"

Gaining Perspective From Afar

I was recently fortunate enough to be able to travel to Iceland. A beautiful Scandinavian country at 66Degrees north, that is 22 degrees North of Idaho and 7 time zones away from us too. Why Iceland you ask, well it’s a long story for another day. The homes are different there, concrete mostly 18″ –...

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What Remodeling Means to Me

Tis the season for reflection and expressing gratitude. I recently saw a synopsis of what remodeling is all about: Service to Others, Value Creation, Attitude, and Goodwill. It was followed with a pointed question. What are you putting out there?  Whoa! The question stopped me in my tracks to ponder the idea of what we...

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Blood Sweat & Tears

I pulled off the trail to contemplate my progress, enjoy the view, and marvel at how far I’ve come. I realized that the group Blood, Sweat & Tears’ name is what I have invested, and their song “Hi-De-Ho” is an appropriate anthem for me. I have been overwhelmingly fortunate to make lightning strike twice in...

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Am I worthy of this kindness?

As a care-giver, I was quick to show that I cared by giving a ridiculous amount of myself to those in need. It became theatrical; when I was in uniform, I was the caped crusader. I had a set of standing orders, powerful medications, lots of high-tech miniaturized tools, and a vehicle to get to...

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What’s in a word? – Meraki, that’s what

Who knew I would become a vocabulary archeologist for a day, and on top of that, would find something worth sharing? As I was innocently exploring my Greek ancestry via my late Grandma “Tuni” Fortune Levitch, I discovered a word that is used to describe doing work in an unusually cool way. That’s what initially...

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A different kind of toolbox

Tool boxes have always occupied a warm place in my heart. I think I learned my love for tools from my Grandpa Ben and my dad who both had lots of tools to keep track of. When Grandpa passed away I refurbished his drill because of the way it smelled when it was on. I...

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Tripped up by a booby trap

I inadvertently stepped barefooted onto a proverbial Lego from Hell the other day. How could this have happened? I had the lights on, the area looked clear and I proceed to change out my furnace filter without fear or caution. After successfully completing my task I turned around to walk out of the room and...

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Put me in coach!

I did not have the good fortune to have a coach in my early life. Sure my folks were there and I played several instruments then played tennis for a few years but that was all. I had plenty of great EMS partners who befriended me and helped me to achieve many accolades during my...

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I’m just swimming upstream

I recently had the pleasure of witnessing one of nature’s wonders. Alaskan Salmon returning from the ocean swimming upstream to spawn. It reminded me about natural cycles and the progression of life. As I watched the fish fighting to get to the next level of the stream, I saw that some made it and others...

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I learn something new every day

As a remodeler and lover of people I learn something new every day. Like Boaz says “There is a wonderful way of getting to know people quickly that works”. I have mastered his style and to the extent if I want to know someone, I will hear their story. What sucks me in, is he...

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