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John Mason emailed this to me this morning and I just had to copy it to my blog.


Here are some important questions to ask yourself today.

  1. Both enthusiasm and pessimism are contagious. How much of each do you spread?
  2. If someone were to pay you a hundred dollars for each kind word you spoke and collect fifty dollars for each unkind word, would you be rich or poor?
  3. Are you a creature of circumstance or a creator of circumstance?
  4. Are you ready for your opportunity when it comes?
  5. Do you make others feel bigger or smaller when they’re around you?
  6. Are you spending your life answering questions nobody is asking?
  7. If you have God’s promise for something, isn’t that enough?
  8. Why worry when you can pray?
  9. How old is your attitude?
  10. Do you acquire the doubts of others?
  11. Are you willing to follow the truth no matter where it leads?
  12. What progress are you standing in the way of? (Tim Redmond)
  13. How much has fear and worry about things that never happened cost you?
  14. Do you go through a problem—or try to go around it and never get past it?
  15. Do you say, “There ought to be a better way to do it” or do you say, “That’s the way it’s always been done”?
  16. Are you deliberately planning to be less than you’re capable of being?
  17. If not you, then who?  If not now, then when?  (Hillell)
  18. Are you willing to give up what you have in order to become what you can be?
  19. What do you believe in the depth of your being?
  20. What is the first, small step you can take to get moving?
  21. “If you don’t have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?” (Oscar Hammerstein)
  22. Do you look at the horizon and see an opportunity, or look into the distance and fear a problem?
  23. Do you put off until tomorrow the things you’ve already put off until today?
  24. Has failure gone to your head?
  25. Are you traveling or going somewhere?
  26. Do you see difficulties in every opportunity, or see opportunities in every difficulty?
  27. How many people of great potential have you known? Where on earth did they all go?
  28. Ten years from today, what will you wish you had done now?

I love John Mason’s wealth of wisdom. He is the author of  An Enemy Called Average and other amazing books that are a must for your personal library.

Have a great day.




The Golden Retriever is a breed of dog. They were historically developed as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties.[1] As such they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive love of water. The golden retriever has a dense inner coat that provides them with adequate warmth. The outer coat is sleek and water repellent, and lays flat against the body. The official color of the breed is the varying shades of gold that are most often seen.[2]

The breed’s intelligence and versatility suit the dogs well for a variety of roles including guide dog for the blind, hearing dog for deaf people, hunting dog, illegal drug detector, and search and rescue participant. Because of their loyal and gentle temperament, golden retrievers are also popular family pets.[3]

Golden Retrievers possess a friendly, eager-to-please demeanour, and are the fourth most popular family dog breeds (by registration) in the United States,[4] the fifth most popular in Australia,[5] and the eighth most popular in the United Kingdom.[6]

Source – Wikipedia

Lewis and Clark are of the English breed.

Here are a few pics from November. The pups are now 8 months old and Lewis is 80 lbs and Clark is pushing 90 Lbs.

Left click the pic with your mouse to enlarge the photo if you would like.

Amazing photo of Clark taken by Kate Pressman’s cell phone camera.

This pic was taken by my cell phone …I gotta get a Kate Phone.

Also another cell phone pic called;  “two dogs one stick”.

I love this cell phone pic of Lewis loving and flying through  the Prescott National Forest in the pines.

Lewis resting on one of out favorite trails here in Preskitt.

Lewis retrieving …he loves being outside.

The pups have started  competing for the same stick just this month….We are running out of sticks in this weak economy so they are sharing. Any stimulus money for some for sticks?

Pups love “The Pines”…we go there almost every night to let her rip.

November here in Zona the days are getting shorter so our walk turns into more like a run.

Yes, they are some of our best friends.

Steve and Brenda

November 2010

Prescott Arizona