The Power of Meditation

Valentine Brkich January 24, 2017

It seems nowadays everyone’s talking about mindfulness and being “in the moment.” We’re so distracted anymore and our lives are so hectic that we’re not paying attention to the here and now. Instead, we’re too busy checking our Facebook to see if anyone “liked” the picture we posted of our eggplant parmesan at dinner last night…

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Coming Clean

Valentine Brkich January 19, 2017

OK…something’s come up that I just can’t keep quiet about anymore… The other day a friend of mine was out and about and overheard someone talking bad about me and my family. Apparently the man said, and I quote: “They’re all just living off of Amber’s millions!” Amber, for those of you don’t know…

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Elf in a Jar

Valentine Brkich December 13, 2016

Today was a landmark day in the history of our Elf on the Shelf, i.e., Snowflake. That’s because, for the first time ever, Snowflake left the house. Oh, sure, he leaves every Christmas Eve (when I gleefully shove him back into the cupboard in the basement) before magically reappearing the day after Thanksgiving (when I go down to…

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(Robot) Doggone It!

Valentine Brkich December 7, 2016

(WARNING: Not appropriate reading for young children!) All my daughter wants for Christmas is this stupid robotic dog named “Chip” that, supposedly, you can teach to do obey you and do tricks like fetch a ball. (Yeah, I’m sure that’s exactly what it does.) It’s definitely not cheap, but at least it doesn’t make a mess…

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My Favorite Day of the Year

Valentine Brkich November 28, 2016

It’s not my birthday as you might guess, not Christmas or New Year’s, or even Super Bowl Sunday. It’s not when we spring ahead, or welcome summer, or cheer the arrival of fall. No, my favorite day is Christmas Tree Picking Day. Every year after Thanksgiving, we drive to that farm up north, back down that old…

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Hopelessly Stalled

Valentine Brkich November 15, 2016

So the other day my wife and I, along with our good friends Hugh and Kristi, went to Two Rivers Artisan Coffee Works in New Castle to break up our normal routine and do a little work outside the house. We got there right around 9:30 a.m., with plans to spend the morning working independently before grabbing some…

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A Personal Tour of My Living Room

Valentine Brkich November 8, 2016

Hey everyone! Since we had such a great response on the Kitchen Tour Video, I thought I’d continue the virtual tour of our home, this time in our living room, aka, the parlor. Enjoy! &nbsp…

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One Proud Papa

Valentine Brkich November 2, 2016

The other evening my 9-year-old daughter quoted one of my favorite lines by Otis Campbell. Who’s Otis Campbell, you ask? Google it. Everyone should know Otis. And Andy. And Floyd. And Gomer and Goober, Opie and Aunt Bea. And, of course, Barney. You can have your “Big Bang Theory.” Your CSI whatever. Your “Game of Thrones,” “Walking…

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Midlife Musings

Valentine Brkich November 1, 2016

Man. I’m such a cliche. Here I am, 41 years old, and, yes, I’m having a mid-life crisis. Of course, that’s assuming I even make it to 82. For all I know I could die next week in some horrific, farm-machinery accident. Not likely, but possible. And if that’s the case, what I’m…

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