S T E L L A…..

OK, I was doing my Marlon Brando impression. (If you put the recording at 1:18, you will hear the famous  Stella call.) Too bad you couldn’t hear it my impression; it was pretty good! If you would like,  I will do it next time I talk to you or see you.

Speaking of Stella, isn’t she the cutest thing?  I took this picture on her 2nd Birthday on Monday, Oct 29.

When I started my blog 6.5 years ago (can you believe I have been doing this for 6.5 years), I thought I would be taking about what I was doing and the struggles I was still incurring.  Then, Stella was born…and I have a new purpose in life.

Do you understand what I am saying?  I didn’t, until Stella was born.  Previous, it was all about work; I needed that status fix. Then after Stella was born, life had a brand new meaning.  It was all about HER. No problem; you probably won’t understand until it happens to you.

I have come to the realization, that I can not do what I used to do and that my day to day tasks are limited..and I am OK with that.  I work with Jill daily and I really feel blessed with everyday that I have…especially when we go to pick up Stella.

So I wanted to celebrate her birthday …two days ago…with a few quick photos. Again, it’s not what I wanted to write about…but I can’t help it!








I can’t believe I was SO SUCCESSFUL last week!

I can’t believe I was SO SUCCESSFUL last week!  When I asked people to fill out the “Pink Sheet” …

58 responded…almost HALF of my audience…and this didn’t include the people that heard me talk before!

I really don’t believe it.  Jill and I are blessed with this strong following of insurance agents who love to hear our story.  So, this leads me to another year in the speaking circuit.

Don’t get me wrong;  you, most likely,  WILL NOT hear me talk.  My wife limits the amount of speeches I deliver each year because we are helping raise our granddaughter, Stella.

Our beautiful daughter… had this beautiful girl … and we feel blessed to have both of them living in our home.  Do you see  what I mean?

I hope to see you next year as I speak to MORE insurance agents!

Can you push me?


Normally, this blog is about my recovery and all the things I now do TO recover.  9 years is a long time, so I will show you another reason I am happy to be alive:  I can’t believe I am so in love with my granddaughter.  She is truly the best thing in the world! As I was pushing her, I thought I heard her voice say “higher!”  Maybe next time….


Back to work!


I have to recognize my grand daughter, Stella.  At 8 weeks old, she starts in daycare today.  My daughter, Rachel, got up at 4:30am today.  My wife, Jill, got up and helped her through this difficult time for here.  Rachel has separation anxiety and separating is very difficult for her.

I Remember…

I remember my first day taking Rachel to daycare.  She was a little bit older (5 months) so I thought this would be easy.  Not so.  I got there in plenty of time and sat with her for a half hour.  When I got ready to leave, the crying started.  What was I supposed to do.  Do I leave her, and run the risk of her hating me the rest of my life…or do I stay.

The daycare lady told me this is typical and that she would be fine.  I didn’t believe her.  So I stayed there another HOUR.  When I got ready to leave, the crying began.  I had to meet a client at his office, so I HAD to leave.  I remember what the daycare lady said, so I decided to peak.  I walked out the door, with her crying uncontrollably. When I peaked in, she was perfectly silent, enjoying the new sites!

That is the last time I was fooled by THAT!