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Billingsley’s Bullets: Words that scare me

There are a few words that my wife, Monika, uses that scare me. When she says, “What did you just say to me?” I know instantly that I should not have said what I said. My first impulse is to pretend I can’t recall what I said, but she doesn’t buy my response. My next […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Never quit exercising

On Oct. 17, my doctor, Susan Shiells, e-mailed me that I no longer had pneumonia after she reviewed my follow-up x-rays. During the last five months, I have had pneumonia twice. The first time around, I did not follow Dr. Shiells advice, which may have contributed to my second bout with pneumonia, which occurred six […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Start your day with thankfulness

How does your day normally start? I start each day with a short meditation that basically gives thanks to the Great Spirit for my many blessings. After giving thanks, I turn on the coffee pot and enjoy the comforting coffee aroma and taste while I read the newspaper. No negative thinking allowed in my first […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Quiet people learn more

I guess all of us have two or three friends who love to talk. The heavyweight, champion talkers love to have quiet friends and spouses who appear to be good listeners. Marcel Achard said, “Women like silent men. They think they’re listening.” • Actually, the silent ones may not be listening. They are being quiet […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: What is your excuse?

During my waltz through life, I have heard several people blame their former spouse or spouses for making their past or present life difficult. The favorite phrase of these “spouse blamers” is, “If it weren’t for …” In some cases, they have been divorced for 30 years or more. • It’s true that there are […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t become a full-time victim

In his book, “Earn It – Empower Yourself for Love,” Bob Quinlan states, “Victims, who feel others are responsible for everything that happens to them, will not assume responsibility. Fatalists, who believe their failures are pre-determined, do not understand the power of their ability to make decisions. Self-absorbed individuals will not care how their behavior […]

Comments Off / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Upbeat is always better

Who is in charge of the mornings in your home? If you have an upbeat person in charge in the morning, the rest of the day will probably be enjoyable. Upbeat people start the day with a “good morning” salutation, often accompanied by a hug or a kiss or both. • My upbeat wife Monika […]

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