our faith: Wasting Time... - 08/31/16 05:23 AM
This week I am fulfilling part of my civic duty by showing up at our county courthouse for jury duty. This is my third time being selected in the last 5-6 years. I have yet to be selected to actually serve on a jury. No, I am one the exceedingly unlucky ones who are left to wait and rot in the jury selection room. You sit and pass the time on hard wooden chairs starring at a television screen with the sound turned down while your mind and your butt turn numb. Occasionally, they tell you can leave the room to … (36 comments)

our faith: I Wish My Words Were Magical - 05/24/16 06:08 AM
 I Wish My Words Were Magical
Don’t you just love all those movies and television shows where one of the main characters is headed down the wrong path and another main character sees what is going on and has a heart-to-heart conversation with that person; and the character headed down the wrong path completely changes his ways. I have to chuckle when I see that sort of thing…as if that happens in real life. I have had so many conversations with my children over the years trying to warn them of the cliff they are fast approaching. You know how many times … (24 comments)

our faith: Measuring Progress - 04/26/16 05:33 AM
As agents, I am sure many of you have shown homes where somewhere in the house; there is a door casing marked with lines, dates, and name’s measuring the growth of the children living there. I have even had sellers want to take the board with them when they moved…considering this growth chart more important their most treasured possessions… their flat screen televisions.
Seeing this growth chart always brings a smile to my face as I recall my own children backing up to the door casing in our home and stretching themselves out in order to have their height measured. As a … (18 comments)

our faith: A Mentor of Mine Passed Away - 02/19/16 12:32 AM
Thirty-seven years ago, one of the first men to greet me as I began my first day on my new job was a man named Bob. Bob was one of 5-6 stockholders running the company I was now working for. While I met dozens of people that day, Bob made a lasting impression on me. I think it was the way he had looked at me as he shook my hand. His look wasn’t superficial. We have all had those introductions where the person on the other end of our hand was distracted, thinking about anything else but meeting us. Bob … (2 comments)

our faith: The World Is Updating Today… - 02/09/16 11:54 PM
The World Is Updating Today…
In addition to being a real estate agent, I am part owner of a food brokerage company in Cleveland. For those of you wondering what a food broker might be, it is a lot like a real estate broker. Instead of selling houses, manufacturers pay you a percentage to sell their goods rather than have their own sales staff. Our company started in 1907, and I have been here for 37 years.
I got the bright idea to get into real estate when I relocated our office 12 years ago. I fell in love with the real estate … (4 comments)

our faith: Where Is God? - 05/05/15 06:15 AM
Where Is God?
I am a news junkie, and I love to read the various Internet headlines each day to sort of get a pulse on what is on people’s minds. If you follow the news like I do, you will notice that we have a difficult time trying to figure out where God should be. Throughout the week, there are stories about the Pope, stories about the decline of one particular faith, stories about the rise in numbers of another faith, stories lamenting about God not being allowed in schools, stories about a particular group complaining about religion overstepping its bounds.
On … (10 comments)

our faith: Getting Your House In Order - 03/26/15 04:40 AM
 
By now the whole world has heard about the German flight that crashed into the Swiss Alps. Speculation is rampant as to what happened. The leading theory as of this morning is that the co-pilot deliberately crashed into the side of a mountain; while the pilot pounded in vain on the cockpit door desperately to regain control of the plane.
If you are like me, I bet you have imagined yourself on that flight…strapped into your seat and literally watching your world come crashing to an end. I have been on flights where there has been a mechanical problem, and you … (0 comments)

our faith: For Better, or For Worse… - 03/06/15 04:30 AM
I just saw a study posted on the Internet which sort of broke my heart. According to a study conducted by Iowa State University; in marriages where the wife becomes gravely ill, there was a higher percentage of those marriages ending in divorce than if the husband was the one ill.
The Journal of Health and Social Behavior, in its March issue, reported on 2701 marriages over a period of 20 years and discovered that the incidence of divorce was six percent higher if the wife was seriously ill, versus the wife being in good health. The study was focused on … (7 comments)

our faith: Be Kind To One Another - 12/03/14 02:44 AM
Be Kind to One Another
My wife and I were on a Southwest flight this past Wednesday, heading to Tampa to spend Thanksgiving with two of our sons.  The flight attendant on the flight was really funny, and actually made the normal “vital flight information” about how to wear your seat belt, or how to use your seat cushion as a flotation device worth listening to. She had some great one-liners…but I thought the best line from her comedy set was when she ended with, “Please sit back and enjoy your flight…and don’t forget to be kind to one another.”
Here … (2 comments)

our faith: There Is No God - 11/04/14 03:40 AM
There Is No God
At least, that is what Stephen Hawking recently declared. The renowned astrophysicist gave an interview a few months ago in which he stated that there is no God. He continued that miracles stemming from religious beliefs are “not compatible with science.”
"In my opinion, there is no aspect of reality beyond the reach of the human mind." Hawking added. He went on to state that he has a firm belief that the universe was the work of scientifically explainable phenomena, and not that of a supreme being.
What is interesting is that, while Mr. Hawking seems to … (10 comments)

our faith: We Should Call Adoption Something Else - 10/07/14 04:26 AM
We Should Call Adoption Something Else
I was on a listing appointment last night and the topic of adoption came up. The couple whose home I was listing picked me as their agent because of my online profile. In my profile, I mention that that my wife and I are adoptive parents, and that I have served as a board member of an adoptive agency in Brazil for quite a few years. These kind, and wonderful people selected me because they too, are adoptive parents.
There have been quite a few agent friends, whose opinion I value, who have told me … (10 comments)

our faith: You're Not Pretty Enough - 08/15/13 04:18 AM
You’re Not Pretty Enough
“You’re not pretty enough” was a headline I saw the other day about a scoundrel of a husband telling his wife, Jennifer Tress, that the reason he cheated on her was because she was not pretty enough. I am happy to report that the jerk is now her ex-husband.
I guess, if you are willing to break your wedding vows, no one should be surprised by whatever distorted logic you use to try and justify your behavior. Sure, I went out and slept with another woman…but it’s all your fault. You weren’t this. Your weren’t that. You … (9 comments)

our faith: Picking up the Pieces After Boston - 04/26/13 12:06 AM
Picking up the Pieces After Boston is a continuation of my previous blog.
For the average American, the horrific events of Boston seem to reach down deep to the very core of our souls, and leave a painful scar. You see and hear about the lives lost, the lives changed forever, and you are consumed by the overwhelming senselessness of it all. Those responsible, with the death and injury they caused, changed no one’s faith. These terrorists, in destroying their own lives and causing untold hurt and shame upon their own families, didn’t change the foreign policy of the United States in the … (0 comments)

our faith: The Sanctity of Life/Continued - 01/09/13 06:09 AM
The Sanctity of Life/Continued
My dear Rabbi friend in Israel sent me this link the other day. I thought I would share it with you as well. It is a 60 Minutes segment chronicling the life of a Jewish boy during Nazi Germany.  Here is the link…
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4819430n
In summary; one evening, a little boy is told by his mother that the next day that he and his family would all be rounded up and killed by the Nazis. Not wanting to die, the little boy miraculously escapes the Ghetto, undetected by the Nazi guards.  In the morning, from a hill … (2 comments)

our faith: The Scantity of Life - 01/09/13 12:41 AM
The Sanctity of Life
I read this article yesterday on Yahoo…perhaps you did too. The story was about a dog found shot in the head and face by a monster with a pellet gun. The dog was found thrown in a garbage bag, like yesterday’s trash, and left to die by the side of a road.
Discovered earlier this month by Good Samaritans in Conroe, Texas, the dog took just a few steps before he collapsed after being released from the bag. Authorities speculate that this 3-year old mixed breed was a “bait dog”, a dog used for practice by fight dogs. … (4 comments)

our faith: Man's Best Friend - 12/25/12 11:37 PM
Man’s Best Friend
I received this link this morning, and I thought I would share it with you. It moved me a great deal. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I think we sometimes trivialize the range of emotions our pets have. By doing so, we shortchange ourselves. Animals are one of the greatest gifts we received from God. Our world would be a darker place without them.
About 10 years ago, we had two dogs. The two dogs used to lay underneath a sofa table in our family room. One dog would lie down, and … (11 comments)

our faith: Where is the Line to See Jesus? - 12/20/12 01:01 AM
Where is the Line to See Jesus?
I attended my granddaughter’s Christmas pageant last night, and the children from her second grade class sang the song, Where’s the Line to See Jesus? Being a mediocre word-smith myself, hearing something catchy like that peaks my curiosity. I couldn’t wait to get on my computer and dig into the story of how the song came to be written.
Inspired by grandson, Spencer Reigers, the song was written and performed by father and daughter, Steve Haupt and Becky Kelly. It seems that little 4 year old Spencer was at the mall and saw all the children lined up … (10 comments)

our faith: Our Hearts are Broken - 12/16/12 10:09 AM
It wasn't supposed to be this way...the world for weeks has been focused on the celebration of a baby's arrival two thousand years ago. No, we weren't supposed to suffer this unspeakable horror of losing our babies now, of all times. Please God, no...not at this time! Letters to Santa were written by children just learning to print and spell.  Children, maybe for the first time, had worked up the courage to sit in Santa's lap, and in a quivering whisper tell Santa their heart' s desires. Parents had held discussions around the kitchen table on how to finance what was requested … (5 comments)

our faith: Does Your Life Bring Honor to God? - 11/27/12 09:52 PM
Does Your Life Bring Honor to God?
We are heading into the holiday season, and this is as good a time as any to take an accounting of our lives. We humans THINK we are an independent lot. Yet, most of us are “pleasers”. We WANT people to like us, and many times…in an attempt to please, we become all things to all people.
We find this especially true in real estate. We deal with all sorts of people. It is easy to become a chameleon, based on the personalities of your client. You can turn yourself into an assertive, aggressive … (8 comments)

our faith: Our Spiritual Journey - 09/04/12 03:51 AM
Our Spiritual Journey
I grew up in a small town in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie. In fact It was so small, I remember the celebration as the population grew above 5,000 and we officially went from “town” to “city”. I attended Sunday school as a youngster, and our family attended services on a regular basis.
One of my favorite movies growing up as a child was the 1938 movie Boy’s Town, starring Spencer Tracy as Father Flanagan; the founder of Boys Town in Nebraska. I must have watched that movie a dozen times, as this courageous priest fought to … (6 comments)

 
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