I always like to take pictures of my girls and still life at the park. I got some great shots.
This is a living document that is by no means completed. I am making a table of contents for my memoirs that will probably change and adapt as this project continues. It will ultimately end up as a book I will be giving away and selling, as the case merits. The titles below are all blog posts of mine I have handpicked for the memoirs. I just need to clean them up and string them together in a normal book rhythm. You can find all of them in their current state here at my blog: https://www.rileycentral.net
Dollars to Donuts to Pizza Dough – My Time in the OC ,
Orange County, California – Introduction
Own the Storefront
Five Minutes to Closing
The Dana Point That Lives Forever in My Mind
It all Boils Down to a Cosmic Soup Kitchen
Being the Hope our Youth Needs,
A Lesson from Painting Brandon’s Room
Realizing Life is Short: What Will You Leave Behind?,
Be Great at What You Do Soap, Gum and Doing What You Love
Give in Love :: It Holds the World Together
Nacho Libre Wraps up Christmas as a Family Tradition
Prepare to Meet the Villain
Respect Other People’s Life as Art
Thrive in the Briar Patch
The “Willing to Work on it” Attitude
Accentuate the Positive
Plan to Go Big
Imagination Can Take You Far
We are Now Our Parents
The Coffee The Lunches The Dog The Baby The Blog
Parenting, Aging and 40
A Parenting Tip I Learned Tonight
The More You Learn, The Less You Know
The Many Reasons to Practice Relaxation
A Different Take on Failure
We All Could Use More Recognition
Be Simple, Be Understood
My Conclusions at 44
The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me
, a photo by Damien Riley on Flickr.
We have too much fun sometimes.
, a photo by Damien Riley on Flickr.
I love good pizza!
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Morning is the time when we get ready for the day, unless we are on vacation. It’s a time a little boost of coffee, some music perhaps, and an infusion of vision for what lay ahead in the next 8 to 12 hours. I’m learning the health value of meditating in the morning. In addition to meditation, I am reading that shifting from task to task should be done gradually. Would you shift your car from 1st to 5th gear? Hardly. What about the reverse? I think not. The morning is a time when we “break fast.” We should be putting healthy things inside our bodies. We are organic vehicles.
Morning can be a time to forgive relatives and friends. Maybe we can make the relatives friends again. It’s up to us to forget bad memories. We can rake the garden for healing. It is not in our control to heal things but we can way lay the plains. Maybe being the first to forget a wrong that was done is a good idea in the morning … and the last to remember. A fight will only live as long as it is brought up. Maybe in the morning when we are calm and peaceful we can accept that it’s okay to let animosity and vengeance die. Some things go away with time but even if they stay we can stave them off for a while at least in the morning.
Whether you are religious or not you have to live with the choices you make. Perceptions mean nothing. The self-actualized person looks in the mirror both in reality and through the soul and says “THAT is my stuff, I take full responsibility for it.” No blame can exist when you dare to live in absolute reality.