BLOG 139—A change of life

Do you wander or just wonder?
With my words, I hope to throw some oblique light upon your life.
I want to inspire you to see life in a different and/or better way.

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As you know, for about five years I lived in my van traveling all over the US mainly going to National Parks and wilderness areas. I love that lifestyle.

Yet, at the McCormick Library in South Carolina, I met Beth, who worked there. We slowly grew in love and caring for each other. She is five months older than me, so we are both the same age at 63.

To find a life partner at an older age is fantastic! Beth and I will be together until our death, perhaps 42 years from now?

Two happy people in love! 

As you know from my past writings, I have been very lonely in my life living in my van while driving to National Parks and Wilderness Areas. I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog posts over the years.

At Beth’s home, I have been making many improvements, as you see in the photos. How is your abode?
Do you live in magnificence?
This is something you could do, yes?

Here I put the new floor down, added the red, and built the shelf. 

You might call it lazy, I’ve decided to reestablish my beard. Because my facial hair grows so quickly, I usually shave twice a day. When I have a beard, I only trim it about once a week. I know that the “common” look is a clean face. If you know me, you know that I never follow the “normal” ways.

Are there changes you need to make to add to and have a better life? Today, now, is the time to reach for excellence as you can.

No traveling this week, I hope the words I have included inspire you toward the excellence that you possess!


Inspirational quotes and motivational sayings have an amazing ability to change the way we feel about life and can change our thinking.

This is why I find them so interesting, challenging, and important on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves.

Inspirational quotes and ideas provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back, offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion.

I hope to inspire you with my words.
Words have power.
At any age, you ca
n (and should) make changes to make your life better.

You see, the way you think and feel about yourself, including your beliefs and expectations about what is possible for you, determines everything that happens in your life. It all derives from your quality of thinking.

When you improve the quality of your thinking, you change the quality of your life—sometimes instantly!

Just as positive words can make someone smile, and/or, a well-timed amusing quote can make someone laugh, your own thoughts react to the world in real-time. You have this control!

In fact, you have complete control over only one thing in the universe — your thinking — and that’s where motivational quotes come in!

To keep your motivation, you have to use each day as an opportunity for improvement, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work—and with your busy schedule—next to impossible. But you can do it!

Self-talk is so important—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

I hope the words I pick do help you.


You can, you must, find excellence for yourself!”Kit Summers

Perfection has to do with the end product, but excellence has to do with the process.” – Jerry Moran

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Will Durant

The road to excellence is always under construction.” – Anonymous

You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” – George Lorimer

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.” – J. Donald Walters

You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” – Zig Ziglar

Stick to your true north — build greatness for the long term.” – Ruth Porat

To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Big dreams create the magic that stir men’s souls to greatness.” — Bill McCartney

Commitment is the foundation of great accomplishments.” – Heidi Reeder

Once you have the commitment, you need the discipline and hard work to get you there.” – Haile Gebrselassie

The biggest commitment you must keep is your commitment to yourself.” – Neale Donald Walsch

When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.” – Howard Schultz

At any age, you can make the change and aim your life anew.
Now, it’s time to get out there and do
something incredible that you can rejoice in!


10/1—Back to painting on the house. I choose bright happy colors, someone recently saw my work and mentioned they were the colors of McDonald’s. I agreed, it is looking good, though. I think Ronald would agree.

This day I got up and did some free painting. Standing on the roof just depending on my feet to support me. I was deliberately slow and careful; quite scary it was. I got the red painted and will do the black and yellow tomorrow.

10/2—Back up I went, but this time I used a rope around my waist and tied to the house to help provide confidence. Now if I were to slip I would just go down to the roof. Feel much better about the work I am doing.

Who would ever imagine, a man who once went through a 37-day coma and had to learn to walk again would be up on the roof accomplishing the paint job.

I just have to say, there is much more you are capable of and can do – apply yourself to tasks you think are beyond you, you will be surprised at what you can accomplish. Stay safe and careful always, though.

The front porch and chairs were another project. 

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Try a food you have never eaten. We bought a Dragon Fruit just today, something Beth has never eaten. Soooo many things to eat in the world, explore what’s out there. An insect anyone?


Time to travel some this week — you will learn.




1 Comment

  1. Phyllis Lynch October 9, 2021 Reply

    I love all the bright colors!!! So cheerful!! This home is adorable and what you are doing reminds me of the homes i see in my favorite place, Key West!! Cant wait to see what else you do! Porch looks fun!!

    Have fun you two lovebirds!!!

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