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Good Morning New Bern NC

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013


“We’re not out to change the world, just the way you talk to it.” ~ from a Vonage television commercial

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”
Joseph Priestly

Get Your Wheels Going, Bike MS 2012

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In just a few short months thousands of cyclists will descend upon New Bern.

Get ready for another great MS Bike Tour coming to New Bern in September.

From the serious cyclists to the novice, this tour has everything.

Be aware that this year, they increased the fundraising minimum for Bike MS to $300 per cyclist.

Click Here to learn more about this awesome event.

Morning Coffee for 4/16/2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012


A well-known motivational speaker once said, “No one knows enough to be a pessimist.”  He also quoted statistics showing that a very high percentage of the things we worry about are either A) things that never happen, or B)
things over which we have no control anyway.  His point?  Not only do we not have enough information to justify our worries, we also are virtually unable to alter the outcome of most situations.

Our worst fears are generally of the unknown (not enough information).  Our imagination runs wild, conjuring up worst-case scenarios.  We become fearful, anxious, and even overwhelmed – yet the source of our fear is
non-existent (except in our minds). Consider these oft-quoted phrases:

“Think you can – think you can’t – either way you’re right.”
“As a man thinketh, so is he.”
“Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they’re yours.”

In other words, by your thoughts alone, you control the outcome.  Although there exist many risks to our peace-of-mind during uncertain times, we still have the ability to pursue our very best hopes and dreams.  We may find that
their achievement requires more effort than usual.  Doubt may creep in. Nevertheless, as you have heard many times, “It’s all in your head.”

Morning Coffee for 4/9/12

Monday, April 9th, 2012


The well-known Nike commercials have hammered into our heads the phrase “Just do it!”  Regardless of how you view their advertising, there is magic in the words “just do it.”  The real key to the message is “doing it,” a.k.a. taking action.  Anything you have ever desired is available to you if you will it.

Now, consider those who are constantly washed over by the “tide.”  Note that the lyrics in Jim Croce’s song say, “I’m WAITING for my ship to come in . . .”  and then, “but all that comes in is the tide.”  That sounds like a victim’s lament, as in, “Oh poor me, here I am ready and excited, waiting for my ship to come in, and I get dumped on by the sorry tide.  Bummer.  How unfair.”  Duhh!  Helloooo!

It’s easy to see that “action” is the opposite of “waiting.”  Yet, it’s so easy to do nothing – waiting passively.  Action requires energy, enthusiasm, movement, and objectives, while waiting requires not even a thought.

Whether your desire (your “ship”) is a relationship, wealth, a healthy body, or a new car, you must be the captain, not the port – the “master of your fate,” not a tide-washed, sand-covered beach ball.  Life is great!  On your next trip to the beach, buy a boat, a map, and a compass, and then choose your own port of call.  You’ll dine at the Captain’s Table every day!

Quote for the Day

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

– Father James Keller (1900-1977)


We all love a compliment.  Your manager says to you, “I noticed that your last sale was handled very smoothly.  Thanks for offering your customer such excellent service!”  Your wife or husband tells you, “I’m so proud of the way you encourage our children!”  Your grown child returns home for a visit and says, “Thanks for making it possible for me to get my degree!”  Those are “feel good” times, aren’t they?

If you live a more or less normal day-to-day sort of life, compliments are always welcome, but aren’t absolutely critical to your sense of well-being.  You don’t have to get them to make it through the day.  If you are fortunate enough to enjoy high self-esteem, why not consider becoming a “candle” to others?

There are many around us each day, both children and adults,


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