BLOG 207—What Do You Fear?

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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What are we afraid of?
Why are we afraid?
What’s the worst thing that could happen?
What’s the best thing that could happen?
So many things could happen.
Are you scared?

If anyone had a reason to fear, it would be me.
I pushed myself through the fear of death (accident.)
Then after getting hit by a second truck eighteen years later.
Additionally, t
he fear of being alone (divorce) until death.
The fear of never finding love again.
I pushed through with a smile on my face.
Isn’t life a joy, no matter what?

Animals only fear attacks from other animals. They live their lives doing as nature intended – eat, hunt, sleep, reproduce – to preserve their species. Yet, humans take a different route. Yes, you are an animal, too.

I attended Tony Robbins fire-walk without fear. After his motivational talk, everyone from the audience was to walk through a ten-foot bed of hot coals. I had no fear, even through his talk.

But I know our minds control so much of what goes on with our bodies. Because of my 37-day coma, my right side is less-sensitive. I did develop some blisters, but only on my right foot. I believe the nerve connections lack going to my right foot, and that is why.

Remember, fear is >>

You can control your fears in life.

What new stories are you ready to write?

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

I find them so interesting, challenging, and essential on our path to joy and happiness and finding ways to inspire ourselves and others.

Inspirational quotes and ideas give us 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.

Are you accomplishing what you want before your eventual death?
At any age, you can (and should) make changes to make your life better.

How 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.


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

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 to improve and get 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 essential—THINK RIGHT!
Motivational words, yes, they’re just words.
But they’re positive words; they will keep you on track.

Don’t forget that you are only as young as the last time you changed your mind!
Keep your thoughts and self-talk fun and productive, and always reach for more advancement.



“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
–Judy Blume

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
–Dale Carnegie

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
–Eleanor Roosevelt

“Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.”

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
–Nelson Mandela

“Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.’
–Marie Curie

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”
–Bill Cosby

“The key to change… is to let go of fear.”
–Roseanne Cash

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We should all start to live before we get too old.
Fear is stupid.
So are regrets.”
–Marilyn Monroe


Each week goes by so quickly, don’t you think?
And time seems to be going faster all the time.
Do you keep track of what you do each day?
Do this for a few weeks, and you will see your time differently.

February 3,4,5—Getting back to juggling, this weekend I attended this >>

On the drive down there, I looked into my rear-view mirror and saw a cop behind me. I could not think of anything I did that was illegal; yikes. I decided to pull into a gas station to get away—he followed me—oh no. He drove to where there were three other cop cars to join their party. Relief came upon me.
Good to see some old juggler-friends. Many were there, with hardly room to stand and juggle for people.

I was to present some workshops to help jugglers. But, for the first two sessions, people went to the wrong place. Then, on Sunday, no one showed up; they seemed to get so into their juggling. Oh well, their loss? I did help at least a dozen jugglers with their juggling one-on-one as I was walking around.

Throwing 3 at the juggling festival, I am. 

As you know, because of my accident and 37-day coma, I can no longer juggle as I did; yikes, I can hardly juggle 3 balls these days. I feel bad, but I saw that I would have been the best there, if this time had been before my accident. 

I stayed in the Atlanta area with Ray and Pat Stern and what wonderful hosts they indeed were. Ray teaches juggling, often to kids, which is why he was attending the festival (they also live in the area, of course.) These two are so good together; great to see.

Like me, Ray is a gardener, and we talked much on the subject. He introduced me to a book called “Square Foot Gardening.” He gave me his book on the topic, an excellent teaching manual on the subject. Thanks, Ray.

Studies have shown that a lot of gardeners (myself included) do their gardens in long single rows. Many would say that this is the way it is done. For big gardeners with tractors, this works best, but not for individuals growing stuff.

I see the logic of the other way, grouping plants. Takes up less space as you group each plant species together. So, I am already changing the way I do gardening.

If you have interest, this website can help >>

The drive home from Atlanta, Georgia, to McCormick, South Carolina.
Things went smoothly, which is good, I guess?

2/6-7—Back to the garden for a few days this week, incorporating ideas I gained from Ray and reading. I hope you are gaining ideas from me to advance.

It is very practical and essential that you start growing your own food, which is already getting difficult to find in stores sometimes. Beth and I will grow much, as we have stopped eating meat so often. Care for a carrot?

I built above-ground gardens to grow vegetables. Included are some photos of how I built mine. I cut the pallets (often free) at 22 inches. Put them together with two pallets on each side, one of each end. I used three-inch screws to screw them into each other to hold them in place. You can also do this using four pallets, a 4’ square you will have.

In the past, I would dig and dig to make my garden. I love the idea of using pallets to hold the dirt in. After you set your pallets, put cardboard on top of any grass or plants. Then start building on top of this. No digging involved at all; it is quite fun, too.

A strip of plastic was put around the inside of the pallets to keep the dirt in. For each of the six gardens, I first filled them with tree trunks, limbs, grass clippings, leaves, and organic matter. Eventually, all of this will break down and become dirt itself.

Tree shavings are great for compost. To obtain free wood shavings, contact a local tree-cutting company. Many times they get trees and chop them into tiny pieces, which they often just throw away. I called a local place, and they sent a truck full of wood shavings and dumped it on our property.

Then I put down, for the top, six inches of a mixture of 1/3 each of peat moss, vermiculite, and compost. This is basically what dirt is made of, and upcoming plants will love it. Also, in this mix, include some dirt from your own lands. For future gardens, each year you simply add more compost to the top of each garden, and you’re all set.

For the paths between
gardens, I put down fabric so that no weeds would grow. Then a mulch on top of this.

The strawberries are doing well. 

I think growing grass is such a waste of time and space, so I am glad to limit mine. Having a good lawn is good for kids to play on; that’s about it. Limited grass will be good in the compost after mowing. I have two large compost bins; see the photos?

2/8—My allergies have been awful. We have bunny hutches outside in two different locations, but we also kept bunnies inside. Right now, there are 17 bunnies living here with us, and three are pregnant. We moved 3 rabbits outside and rehomed one, much to Beth’s dismay. But she said she loves me more than her rabbits, just by a little bit.

Sadly, this is one of the rabbits that will be rehomed. 

My runny nose and sneezing have gotten bad; hard to breathe it is. All the rabbits will be outside soon, which will help tremendously. We will be selling and giving away rabbits; upcoming, care for a rabbit for yourself?

Beth loves the furry little creatures, so we will be keeping some; outside, of course. Rabbits are beautiful animals, but I have to live my life, too, you know.

Here is Kit fixing a bunny hutch (or, is the way Beth usually keeps me?) 

Beth did buy an air purifier, which filters out allergens. I keep this on where I do my writing and office work; it helps much. Thank you, Beth, for caring and taking care of me.

2/9—Today was my mom’s birthday.
I miss my mom, much.

I wrote about it before; I built a deck to the back of the house some time ago. Beth and I were out enjoying nature while sitting on this back deck today. As spring and summer come, we will be out there more and more. I am building the back of the house as our refuge in paradise.

Beth and Jemma on the deck I built.

From the back deck, we can see many big trees and an assortment of birds flying and stopping by. Deer have also made an appearance at times. I set up a rainwater collector in front of the house and also in the back of the house. The most sun is at the front of the house, so that is where I built the gardens.

Because no one can see, I have set up the back rainwater collector to shower under, naked. In the summer this will work excellently. Right now, the weather is too cold to be underwater outside. Now, no peeking while we shower back there this spring and summer! (note from Beth: who is this ‘we’ you are talking about?)

Off our deck and next to the fire-pit I built, I will be building a pond to hold some fish and our turtle, too. My plans include a small waterfall, also. The cost to put in the waterfall should be under a hundred bucks, so, paradise for a low price.

Do you have some land?
Can you build a paradise for yourself?
Remember, this is your one life to live; you must live in joy.

2/10—Awakening this morning at 2:30am, up for the day I am. Strange, when I first wake, my allergies are not bad, at all. After five minutes, they start up and get worse and worse. Not a great way to start a day.

Is it time to “make” things happen and live a fuller life?
“Make” a great week for yourself.



This week start building that garden that will be desperately needed in your future. And, do this with no fear. You know what is required, but you just have to start. Please let me know about your progress. Plan to feed and take care of yourself.

My blog is not just words sent from me to you. This is a dialog, so let me know about the building of your garden. And if you have any questions, please write >>

Do something new, daily, then keep doing it for the rest of your life.

You will read more about the paradise I am creating in our yards.


1 Comment

  1. Jessica February 10, 2023 Reply

    I ove the life you are living and the way you are getting your garden ready. Much love to you both.

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