Thursday, December 8, 2016

Do Something

It's easy to criticize.  Blaming others seems to be the mantra of our modern times.  The challenge is to recognize what we can do to make a difference.  Do you believe you can do something today to make this world a better place?  Check out the YouTube video below by Matthew West for some inspiration and become a part of the solution.  Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bone-chilling Weather Arrives Today

It's 17º outside this morning and the weather is expected to get even colder.  I'm ready.  It's all about the layers and the attitude.  What works best for me is planning my daily routine in advance so I have a plan to stick to when Mother Nature is giving me the cold shoulder.  I'm thankful for indoor tennis courts and an indoor swimming pool.  It's also a great time of year to refine my indoor cooking skills. May your day filled with cheer no matter what Mother Nature may be doing in your neighborhood.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Quote of the Day from Einstein

How well do you know yourself?  I admit I have trouble looking in the mirror sometimes, especially on days when I'm dealing with a challenge.  Adversity is that pesky mosquito who won't leave you alone.  He's the debt collector who calls you day and night when your funds are in the red zone.  Adversity is the maitre d' who seats you at a hole in the wall restaurant where everything on the menu appears out of reach because your boss handed you a pink slip.

I know adversity very well.  I'm thankful for the opportunity to become acquainted.  It didn't start out that way, maybe because I wasn't fully prepared to explore the depths of my heart.  I am who I am today because of what adversity taught me.  Don't be afraid to answer the door if adversity comes knocking.  Have a great day.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Are You Real, Jesus?

My sister asked me to watch a five year-old video about the Shroud of Turin.  Many believe this is the the burial garment discovered in the empty tomb by Peter and John, followers of Jesus.  There are actually two parts to the garment, the Shroud– used to wrap the body, and the Sudarium for the head.  After watching the video,  I traced the whereabouts of the Sudarium to Oveido, Spain.  The location seemed mysteriously close to the place where Braña 1 was excavated.  This is the 7,000 year-old skeleton found by hikers and he happens to be the inspiration for my front cover of The Caveman in the Mirror.  I did a mapquest search and was shocked to learn just how close these two locations are – 54 miles!  Call me crazy but these two characters have been haunting me for ages.  Every day these two are becoming more real for me.  Outsiders may get a sense I'm losing my marbles.  So, here's the question of the day:  Are you real, Jesus?

Before you answer the question, do me a favor and put aside all your thoughts and ideas about religion.  Set aside 52 minutes and watch the video my sister sent me.  When you're done, we can discuss the question of the day.  It doesn't matter to me what side of the fence you're on.  I'm okay if you're skeptical.  Perhaps my crazy dreams are meant for you to discover something hidden away from all the "normal" people.  Here's the link to the video.  Enjoy...Click here.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Let it Snow

We're having our first snow of the season this morning, just in time for Christmas.  Now it truly feels like the Holidays are here.  The outside temperature is holding steady at 32º but it will be dropping fast as the new week unfolds.  I'm ready.  Friends and family members have been sending me their favorite healthy recipe ideas and I'm testing them in my caveman kitchen.  One of my readers suggested I share my favorite recipes in my next book.  If you have any food tips to share, please email me and I'll do my best to include them.  Have a great day.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Braña 1 Ancestor Update

Braña 1 is the name given to the 7,000 year-old blue-eyed, dark skinned caveman found in Northern Spain by hikers.  He's from the hunter-gatherer time period.  The story has personal significance for me because I learned earlier this week that the town of Rubalcaba is only a stone's throw from the excavation site where Braña 1 was discovered.  This is where my ancestors on my mother's side of the family once lived, possibly alongside Braña 1 and his brother, Braña 2.  Scientists are still analyzing the DNA, the oldest recoverable ever for modern man.

Related or not, Braña 1 is a part of me.  He first appeared to me in a dream while I was writing my first novel.  I searched the internet for a picture resembling the image haunting me and found my match in Braña 1.  He is the artist rendition created from the skull of the ancient caveman.  We are forever linked.  I'm just waiting to know if Braña 1 was left-handed.  We appear to have much in common.  That's my caveman update for the day.  Have a great day.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Please Cue the Twilight Zone Music

This is a follow-up to yesterday's story about my ancestors on my Mom's side of the family from Northern Spain.  Last year I visited my cousin Mary, the oldest member of our generation, and she told me about an upcoming family vacation she was taking in Europe.  One of my relatives told her there was a town in Spain named after our ancestors and asked if Mary might be able to check it out.  That's a needle in a haystack.  Mary found the needle on the map but she and her husband had a full itinerary and opted not to do a drive by.  They hit a detour while driving through the country and came upon a road sign indicating Rubalcaba was just minutes away.  They snapped pictures.  Here's where the story gets interesting.  Please cue the Twilight Zone music...

I had a very clear picture in my head about what the main character from The Caveman in the Mirror was supposed to look like.  It was so clear that the image was haunting me every night in my dreams.  I scoured the internet for an image of a dark-skinned, blue-eyed scraggly man who was supposed to be a distant relative.  I found him.  Click here for a link to the story about the 7,000 year-old caveman they excavated in Northern Spain.  Here's the kicker – the excavation site is only 149 miles away from Rubalcaba!  This caveman is very special.  The DNA extracted from his molar  is the oldest ever to be recovered.  I'm stunned by this revelation.  I'll write more about this in future posts.  Have a great day.