Climb: My One Word for 2022

It may be little late in the year (July), but it’s never too late to reflect on my One Word for the year. Each year since 2013, I have chosen One Word for the year to inspire me to move forward in a focused way. This is my 10th year! I started this discipline shortly … Read more

My Journey With Energy Management

For the last decade, I have been interested in managing and improving my level of ENERGY. I once wrote, Your Energy Level Matters. But I’ve also written a lot around energy management! In 2012, if there was any doubt, I learned that I Am Not Invincible! I had an elevated heart rate for much of … Read more

Celebrating 3 Years

Life changed pretty dramatically three years ago. On the evening of September 19, 2017, I had a severe stroke, and quickly lost the use of my right side and my speech. I was taken to the ER in Clearfield, then I was flown to UPMC Altoona, then onto UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh before the night … Read more

Say No to the Plateau!

A sense of urgency was drilled into me early on after my stroke. Doctors, nurses, and therapists made sure I knew that time was of the essence in my recovery. While that was certainly true, I remember reading something from a speech therapist that has stuck with me ever since. In November 2017, shortly after … Read more

My Stroke Recovery

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote about the stroke I had on September 19, 2017, so I thought it was time to share an update on how my recovery is going. At the time of my post (Jan. 2018), we had recently learned I had some “residual AVM” (arteriovenous malformation, or tangled … Read more

I’m an Advocate for Exercise!

Exercise may not be the most important thing. In fact, I love what the Apostle Paul says … While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come. — 1 Timothy 4.8 (CEB) Physical training is good, but it’s … Read more

My Stroke

I suffered a stroke on September 19 around 10:00 p.m. It happened very quickly. I was pretty calm, but I didn’t know what was going to happen. At the time, I was frustrated I wasn’t able to tell my family, including my kids who had gotten out of bed, that I loved them, possibly for … Read more