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Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Parents are powerful

When was the last time you called your parents to say hello? Have you ever thanked them for all they did for you? I am not talking about a one-sentence “thank you” on the phone. You need to arrange a face-to-face thank you with no interruptions, including the TV going or the telephone ringing or texting […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s OK to enjoy being old

The older I become, the more willing I am to admit past mistakes to my children and grandchildren. The aging process makes me more honest. Children listen when you say, “Let me tell you about mistakes I made in my life.” It helps them believe that they can make mistakes and still rebound and move […]

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

Billingsley’s Bullets: Are you ‘over the hill’?

When I think about the expression “over the hill” I think about the aging process. When I hear this expression, it usually means he or she is too old now to “get the job done.” The last time I heard the expression was while listening to two men discussing an upcoming fight between two professional […]

Comments Off / November 11, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Are you a saint or a sourpuss?

In his book “Joy Is My Compass,” Alan Cohen writes, “The difference between a saint and a sourpuss is that the sourpuss sees his daily interactions as a nuisance, while the saint finds a continuous stream of opportunities to celebrate. One finds intruders, the other angels. At any given moment we have the power to […]

Comments Off / November 02, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Happiness comes from within

Diane Dreher’s book “The Tao of Inner Peace” has the following quote: “The way of peace begins with self-acceptance. To seek peace outside is to leave it behind. “Because of the Taoist principle of oneness, when we accept ourselves we naturally accept others. Without self-acceptance, people see life as a constant struggle, making war on […]

Comments Off / October 18, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: A stroke can create a good student

Shortly after my stroke occurred on Nov. 20 of last year, I realized I was suddenly a different person physically. The right side of my body was weak and numb. An electrical tingle went from my wrist to my ankle 24 hours a day. Also, my right arm and leg felt like they were wrapped in […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »