Category Archives: Self-Esteem

Seeing Red


Redhawk logo designed by Eric Wahlquist

I have lately had the privilege of simultaneously seeing both a big and small town way to resolve controversy over the name of a sports team. Continue reading


Filed under Ethics and Morality, Self-Esteem

Getting High


One of the clinical support jobs I perform when not taking x-rays is drug testing.  We have different kinds of kits, ones that test urine and ones that test saliva.  There’s also a portable “breathalyzer” to check for alcohol consumption.  Some local companies hire us to go to their location a few times each month to do random tests.  Others send employees to the clinic.  The employer specifies what drugs are to be tested for, and in what situations to test. Continue reading


Filed under humor, Metaphysics, Self-Esteem

Graduation Day

GDB OregonThe Visitors Center @2010 

Our second guide dog puppy, Spice, was the first one to complete her work to become fully certified.  Guide Dogs for the Blind operates two campuses on the West coast, one in Oregon where we were going, and one in California.  Mary and I (the puppy raisers) and the Brodys (former playmates) drove down the night before.  We had the same kind of joy and anticipation parents get when their children graduate from college, ready to enter the working world. Continue reading


Filed under animal communication, photos, Self-Esteem

Invisible Mikey:

(Back by Popular Demand! Thanks for the requests.)

Originally posted on Invisible Mikey:

Kindergarten was awful at first, then wonderful.

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Filed under Emotions, Self-Esteem

Review: 10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place

(The BOOK)

 (The cover has an inviting painting of a happy place.) Continue reading


Filed under Emotions, forgiveness, Literature, Metaphysics, Self-Esteem

Letting Go of the Books

It has taken a week, but I moved 50 boxes of books from storage back to the house and put them in piles by subject.  In order to be freer from materialism, you have to free yourself of material (duh). Continue reading


Filed under Metaphysics, photos, Self-Esteem, symbolism

Therapy Pup

I realized a new reason I love raising our new “guide-dog-in-training” Lila early this morning.  She’s a clean slate.  She doesn’t share the neuroses my wife and I have Continue reading


Filed under animal communication, Emotions, photos, Self-Esteem