Today my wife, son, my son’s girlfriend, and I went to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the King Tutankhamun exhibit.  Every single time I hear King Tut’s name I instantly start singing the Steve Martin song from the ’70’s.  “…King Tut, buried in his jammies, King Tut…”   Sorry about that. 

If you have not yet been to see the King Tut exhibit, I would highly recommend you checking it out.  It was an awesome exhibit filled with some unbelievable history.  I suggest that you watch the 24 minute movie before you start.  It gives some good information that helps you understand what you are about to see.  I also recommend renting the speaker devices to listen to additional information on a number of the exhibits.

 One of the most surprising items in the exhibit for me was the funerary mask of Lady Tjuya.  It shows a cool smiling face which I had never seen anything like before in Egyptian artifacts.  It had lots of positive energy and it was as if this lady’s personality was captured in that mask.  I thought it was just so very cool.  If you get the chance to see the exhibit, I would love to have you put your comments on this post.  The question I would ask you is this, “What was your favorite thing about the exhibit?”

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Peace and Gratitude,


PS. I didn’t see those famous jammies anywhere. 🙂

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The other day I watched a really good movie.  It was called August Rush.  It was about an orphaned boy who uses music to try to re-connect with his parents to heal old wounds.  It has a good story along with some good acting.

The movie got me thinking about some articles I read recently about the healing aspects of music.  At first, I didn’t really buy into music as a healing expression.  After giving it a little more thought, I have changed my mind.  Since everything including your body is vibrating at a molecular level, why wouldn’t music involve healing?  Music is nothing more than vibrations of sounds so it would be possible for music to heal.

I listen to Mozart all the time.  I had heard somewhere that Beethoven was like heaven but Mozart was heaven.  I can understand that statement now.  I actually wrote my 2nd book, The Building Blocks of Creation: An Adolescent’s Guide to Awareness , while listening to Mozart on my iPod at the airport during several flight cancelations.  It was like Mozart cleared my so I could focus on my writing.   Now I listen to Mozart anytime I want my creative juices to flow.  I also really enjoy going to any Mozart symphony because I typically get “lost” in the music.  This is saying a lot from someone who use to say that if there isn’t any words, it isn’t really music.  Boy, I sure have changed a lot over the past several years!

Peace, gratitude, and healing music,


Well, it is with a heavy heart that I write this blog.  Friday, our neighbors of the last six years moved back to their home state.  I can honestly say that they were the absolute best neighbors my family has ever had.  We will miss them dearly; however, I am so happy they are returning to be with so many of their close family members.

For the past 5 years, I have had a buddy.  His name is Mason, and he is actually one of my very best friends.  From the moment I saw him for the first time at a baseball game, he has been a light in my life. He started calling me “Bo” and eventually learned to pronounce “Bill.” 

Nearly every day he has come over to visit me.  We learned to make some of the sweetest tea in the land, play all sorts of games such as baseball, soccer, football, basketball, & several other games we made up.  I recall a time when he was only about 2 that I gave him a popsicle, and we sat on the back porch and conversed, even though I had no idea what he was saying.  We had a saying we used everytime we sat back there, “We’ve got it made in the shade!”

Mason helped me paint my writing room, wash my car (Boy, he was sure did a great job cleaning the chrome wheels!), mow the grass, sweep the driveway, do laundry, weed the beds, trim the hedges, make iced tea, plant and pick tomatoes, cucumbers, and okra, as well as just about every other household job.

Today, Mason, Riley, my son’s dog Rooney, and I had a picnic by the lake and had a great time.  While there, we skipped rocks, played soccer, and picked up shells.  It was difficult to talk most of the time because I knew I wouldn’t get to see them again for a while.










I want to say once again to my friends, “Thank you.”  Thank you for sharing your family with mine.  Chris, thank you so much for helping me realize a dream of mine to go to Fenway Park with my son for the ALCS last year.  Sarah, thank you for letting me spend time playing with Mason and Riley, as well as all the times you took care of waiting for technicians for our house.  Riley, thank you for your determination in whatever you do, but mostly for your laughs.  And finally, Mason, thank you for being a good friend.  You are something special, and you will go places.  All I ask is to be there when you sign your major league baseball contract (and a few free tickets to boot!).  Thank you buddy!  You all have an awesome time in your new home!

I love you all,


PS. When you move, don’t just throw your kids in the trash.  Be kind and recycle!


Tonight my wife and I went to see A Soldier’s Play.  We were looking forward to seeing Vince McGill play Captain Richard Davenport because Vince is just AWESOME in every play we have seen him in.  You can see instantly that he has “BIG TIME” written all over his name.  These blog posts might end up being worth a fortune someday!  Normally I just talk about Vince but not this time.  There were 12 actors, and I can honestly say each of them gave memorable, incredible performances!  You were given a glimpse of each of the characters’ past and it really opened my eyes to how fathers can influence their children.  However, not everyone uses it as an excuse to do something that is simply wrong.  I believe that every high school child should be required to see this play.  Wow!  What a powerful performance.

The play, as it is written, can get a little confusing at times because of the flashbacks and flashbacks within flashbacks but somehow they pulled it off to perfection!  I was never confused and I was completely into it from the first to the last scene.  The acting was so strong that I am sure all of these guys will be leads in future plays wherever they choose.  Great, great job!  You all nailed it!

If you live in the DFW area, take the time to go to this play.  There are only 4 performances left so do yourself a favor and go see it.  The DeSoto Corner Theater is located at 211 E. Pleasant Run, DeSoto, TX  75115.  Conveniently located only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas.  You can purchase tickets online at or at the box office. 

Peace and gratitude,


What a great shot!

What a beautiful place!

A week ago I went to visit my brother in Tennessee and we did a short 3 mile hike to a waterfall.  Check out this picture!  This natural waterfall was 65 feet tall but was absolutely amazing!  Enjoy the pictures.

Peace and gratitude,


Roof Before    

Yesterday we had our roof replaced on our house.  I tell you, if you ever get your roof replaced make sure you work from home that day.  It is a true test of character.  Those guys hammered all morning and all day and didn’t stop until early evening.  They did a GREAT job!

During the day, I brought out some chilled bottled water to the men.  I was told I didn’t need to but I believe they were very appreciative of the jester.  Heck, it was the least I could do.  They worked over 7 hours straight before taking a short lunch break.  If you are not from Texas, you may not understand what a feat that is.  The temperature was hovering around 100-101 all day which meant it was probably near 120 to 130 on that hot black asphalt roof.  I still don’t know how they stayed up there that whole time.

Thank you Lon Smith Roofing!  You guys Rock!  Thank you for sending an excellent, courteous crew to take care of our needs.  Thank you!

Peace and Gratitude,


Earlier today I was in my car listening to a song by John Mayer.  That song was “Say What You Need to Say” and it got me thinking.  First off, that song has some well written lyrics.  The ones that caught my attention were, “You better know that in the end – It’s better to say too much, than never to say what you need to say again.”  I think all too often we really do not speak our truths.  We were brought up with the old saying, “It’s better not to say anything at all than to say something hurtful.”  Well, to me, that is just not true.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating to go out and say some hurtful things to people.  What I am saying is that sometimes those tough conversations (Saying what you need to say) rather than silence is really the right thing to do.  It might be hurtful at first, but I truly believe that you need to say what needs to be said.  One method I use when I am faced with tough conversations is to begin with, “(name), it is because I love you that I say this to you.  If I didn’t love you so much, I wouldn’t say anything.”  When I do that, it seems to change the tone of the conversation and the message is heard.

So, say what you need to say but do so in a loving and compassionate way.

Peace and compassion,


Sunset 07-11-08There was an awesome sunset tonight.  Thought I would share it with you.  It was taken from my writing room.  Pretty cool, huh?

Hello everyone.  This morning there were some powerful storms that came through the Dallas Metroplex.  I was looking out my window after the heavy stuff was over and saw two kids playing in the rain.  They had a little puddle that they just could not help playing in.  One rode his three-wheeler while the other one pushed a big dump truck back and forth through the water.

This reminded me that I used to do the same thing when I was growing up.  After each heavy rain, I would immediately go outside and play.  I loved to build boats and “launch” them down mini river that was actually a ditch.  Boy, that sure was a fun time.

I think we all can learn something from this.  Sometimes we need to just have fun.  Forget about all of our worries and just do something fun.  Because of this, I set up a golf outing for later this week.  This boys sure taught me something today.  Thank you!