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Billingsley’s Bullets: Keep your negative mouth shut

When you research the teachings of American Indians, you keep running across the idea that it’s a good idea to avoid negative statements when you communicate with others. When you are tempted to say something negative, don’t complete the sentence. • In a marriage, both parties are tempted to fire back a negative statement, especially […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Does boredom rule your life?

Look around your daily life. When was the last time newness entered your emotional world? Do you have the energy or the inclination to create newness? Do you believe you deserve an interesting or fun-filled life? • When you research American Indians’ “Rules of Life,” you will discover that they believe asking the right question […]

Comments Off / February 12, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Want to create ageless joy?

I believe most people can create ageless joy in their lives. If you are truly seeking joy instead of despair, you will find or create sunshine instead of darkness. • When you believe joy is awaiting you, your life predictions become positive. You are not worried about an upcoming date or an interview for a […]

Comments Off / January 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: A stroke makes you a prisoner

On Nov. 20, a stroke attacked me and floored me. Within half an hour I was at my doctor’s office and was immediately taken by ambulance to the hospital. Four days later I was transferred to Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo for 13 days. As soon as you receive your room, an alarm belt […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: An unwelcome visitor arrives

On Nov. 20 my body was attacked by a stroke, leaving the right side of my body weak and miserable. I could not write or walk more than a few paces without fear of falling down. My speech was slurred, and I had double and fuzzy vision; and I felt disoriented and confused. The stroke […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »