No 43 10-25-19 “Teamwork makes the Dream Work”
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No 43 10-25-19 “Teamwork makes the Dream Work”

Aloha, so happy to be back on my blog after some time away. Joel and I cruised to Hawaii from Vancouver, BC. We had five days at sea each way with NO cell phone signal. That means, no Internet, emails, Netflix, texts, news updates, or Facebook. It was a cleansing time for us, frightening, but...

No 40 10-4-19 “How to Find Your Hero”
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No 40 10-4-19 “How to Find Your Hero”

I have always looked for heroes, and I have had many in my life. My father, Troy D. Woodbury, Sr. was a major hero and mentor in my life. Being born in 1909, daddy had a unique outlook on life. He was smart, hard-working, frugal, faithful and a great man of service and faith. Jim...

No 39 9-27-19 “Finding Your Voice” by David Woodbury
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No 39 9-27-19 “Finding Your Voice” by David Woodbury

“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent” ― Madeleine K. Albright “When we share those stories we’ve been scared to share, voicelessness loses its wicked grasp.” ― Jo Ann Fore “I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll...

No 35 “Dreamers of the Day” 8.30.19
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No 35 “Dreamers of the Day” 8.30.19

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” – Thomas Edward Lawrence (1888 –...

No 34 “Excellence…is not an act but a habit” August 23, 2019
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No 34 “Excellence…is not an act but a habit” August 23, 2019

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather we have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle (384 BC – 324 BC) Greek philosopher and scientist...

No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019
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No 30 “Optimism is Essential to Achievement “July 26, 2019

“Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.” – Nicholas Murray Butler (1862 – 1947) American philosopher What does it mean to be optimistic? What is that life like as an optimistic person? The answers may vary. Ask a family with five children, a single working mom, an...

No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”
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No 17 4-26-19 “It is the Courage to Continue that Counts”

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) A man of many talents best known for his inspiring speeches while leading the United Kingdom during World War Two. What is success on the Ballroom Dance Floor? Is it winning? Is it dancing...

No 16 4-19-19 “Three Simple Rules in Life”
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No 16 4-19-19 “Three Simple Rules in Life”

If you do not GO after what you WANT, you’ll never HAVE it! If you do not ASK, the ANSWER will always be NO. If you do not STEP FORWARD, you will always be in the SAME PLACE! Yes, if the train pulls into the station and we do not run to board that train,...

No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
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No 15 4-12-19 “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian polymath of the Renaissance   Rachael Ray has been my cooking hero for many years. Truly, I started cooking with her. Many are shocked at how plebeian I am when I confess she is my mentor. She is not a gourmet, she is...

No 09 2-28-19 ” Strong men believe in cause and effect
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No 09 2-28-19 ” Strong men believe in cause and effect

“Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances — it was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist Have I had luck...