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Lessons Learned from My Guide—-Wisdom from a Golden

Lessons Learned from My Guide—-Wisdom from a Golden

Golden Nuggets from a Golden After having Louie as my guide dog for a little more than six months, I have learned some important lessons from him.  Here are some nuggets of wisdom from Louie, my leader and my guide, in his own words: 1.  Taking a nap every...

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Merry Christmas from Louie….and the Tripcony’s!

Merry Christmas from Louie….and the Tripcony’s!

Wishing you many Christmas blessings! Louie and the Tripcony's send our love to you in this blessed season of Christ's birth.  This is Louie's first Christmas with us as a guide dog, and his exuberance for life is reflected in his puppy-type play and his outstanding...

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Encouraging News!

Encouraging News!

Release of Podcast Interview I am happy to share the release today of the podcast interview I had with Andrea Constantine on "Community for the Soul".  Andrea was the designer for the interior of my book, Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope.  She honored me by asking if I...

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Meet Guide Dog Louie!

Meet Guide Dog Louie!

I am pleased to introduce you to Louie, a purebred 22-month old Golden Retriever, who was specifically trained and matched to my needs and personality by Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California.  If you've been following my blog for many months, you know...

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Nine Days and Counting!

Nine Days and Counting!

The Packing Begins Here we go, friends! My suitcase is beginning to fill up as I start the packing process.  My flight arrangements have been made. You've been with me for many, many months since I was accepted to receive a dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind.  You've...

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Encouragement for the Waiters

Encouragement for the Waiters

What Are You Waiting For? What are you waiting for or on?  Are you counting the minutes before a big event, like a birthday (if you happen to be  almost 5 years old)?  Are you sitting in the waiting room at the hospital as your loved one undergoes surgery?  Are you...

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Who is Your Hero?

Who is Your Hero?

What Does a Hero Look Like? Does your hero wear a cape? If you ask a preschooler what his hero looks like, quite often he would respond, "He wears a cape and runs really fast!"  Is your hero strong?  What makes him/her a hero to you?  Think about that for a moment. ...

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Meet the Courageous

Meet the Courageous

 Meet My Brave Friend This week I'm introducing you to a beautiful person, inside and out... but more than that, she is brave.  When I saw her video of her most recent accomplishment, tears just ran down my face.  I had come to know Allie when she attended the...

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Week #12 Hurricane Florence

Week #12 Hurricane Florence

Prayers for Hurricane Victims Hello Friends! Top priority this week.....pray for those affected by Hurricane Florence on the eastern coast of the United States and also pray for those who are first responders and rescue workers.  So much rain, wind, and water is now...

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Week #11 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #11 of Adventures with Four Paws

Anticipation---Can I Trust? September is here, and the anticipation is  mounting! As you know, I'm Harvey, the imaginary guide for this adventure in obtaining a guide dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind for Kathy.  Knowing that it's only about six weeks away for her...

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Week #10 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #10 of Adventures with Four Paws

New Movie! Hi Friends! Welcome back to the adventures of obtaining a guide dog with me, Harvey, leading the way.  Have I got exciting news for you!  The movie documentary "Pick of the Litter", which follows five puppies from birth through their training at Guide Dogs...

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Week #9 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #9 of Adventures with Four Paws

Encouragement Harvey, the "Imaginary Guide", is here once again to guide you through another week toward the big day of receiving a real guide dog from Guide Dogs for the Blind.  I want to give you encouragement this week by letting you in on some encouragement that...

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Remembering Robin

Remembering Robin

Several days ago I received word that my friend, Robin, had passed away.  It was like a punch to my stomach, to think she is no longer in this world, but has gone to the arms of her Savior. Robin's Heart I will forever remember Robin's heart.  She had a heart for...

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Week #7 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #7 of Adventures with Four Paws

What does week 7 look like?  I will give the podium to Kathy this week.  She has a few things to say about HOPE, since she's filled with a renewed sense of hope as she prepares for a guide dog in her future.  Wagging my hopeful tail, Harvey. Hope.  Some thoughts to...

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“Old Dog” Can Learn New Tricks!

“Old Dog” Can Learn New Tricks!

Week #6 of  Adventures with Four Paws Harvey here "guiding" you through the weeks before the guide dog arrives.  Kathy just got back from the National LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Conference (my friend, Cubby, also attended)....more than 90 Golden Retrievers in one big room,...

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Week #5 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #5 of Adventures with Four Paws

LCC K-9 Ministries The adventure continues getting closer to training with a guide dog.  As you well know, I'm Harvey leading you through this journey, but the blog this week will be short and sweet.  Kathy is at the LCC K-9 Ministries National Conference with over...

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Week #4 of Adventures with Four Paws

Week #4 of Adventures with Four Paws

Hi Friends!  As you know by now, I'm Harvey, your guide through the weeks leading up to Kathy's guide dog coming to Colorado to provide new vistas and opportunities for her.  This week I'll answer some questions that many of you have been asking about this cute little...

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Week #3 of Adventure with Four Paws

Week #3 of Adventure with Four Paws

You're back, and I'm so glad!  Harvey here, guiding you along the journey of obtaining a guide dog.  This week....Kathy's expecting!! She's Expecting?? Not in the way you are thinking!  The anticipation of expecting another family member into the household is similar...

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Week #2 of Adventure with Four Paws

Week #2 of Adventure with Four Paws

Welcome Back to the Four Paws Journey! Glad you can join me once again to walk along side Kathy as she waits the many months to get her guide dog!  I'm Harvey, and I'll be your guide each week to give you some insight (sorry about the pun) into obtaining a guide from...

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Adventure with Four Paws—Seeing the World Through New Eyes

Join Me On This New Adventure of Hope Come along with me each week as I take you on a journey of new life and new sight exploring the opportunity of receiving a guide dog!  Since I was diagnosed in December, 2017 as being legally blind, I have pursued various avenues...

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Together We’re Stronger—We Need Each Other

Together We’re Stronger—We Need Each Other

Together We're Stronger! March is MS Awareness Month.  Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body.  It has no known cause and no known cure. I have MS, but it doesn't have...

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For Those Dealing with Depression….and Those Who Love Them

For Those Dealing with Depression….and Those Who Love Them

Sadness or Depression? I am very honored to have Dave Marks, who has experienced depression first hand, join me in answering this question.  He is the Social Media Coordinator for Lutheran Church Charities and speaks from his heart and also offers resources at the end...

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I’m Back! It’s Been Quite a Journey!

I’m Back! It’s Been Quite a Journey!

Catch up on my adventures over the past 4 months!   Dear Friends, I've missed you at this blog site! It seems like I've traveled to distant lands and have been out of touch with most of you.  Actually I've been right here in Colorado, but my...

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Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope–Now Out on Kindle!

Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope–Now Out on Kindle!

Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope is now available on Amazon Kindle! To order your copy for your Kindle just click here:  Amazon Kindle Book As most of you know, some of the proceeds of the sale of the book, including the Kindle edition, will go to the LCC K-9 Comfort...

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Are You Broken?

Life can deal us times of brokenness that leave us shattered.  We feel the sharpness of those harsh times.  Can those times be used by God for growth for new windows to be open, for His love to shine through? Today I have a guest, Tim Hetzner, who will share with you...

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New Book of Hope Has Launched!

New Book of Hope Has Launched!

Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope is Here! The book is available to order on Amazon and is there for those affected by suicide as well as for your friends or family that could benefit from words of hope and encouragement.  The launch of the book on Amazon was last week...

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The Countdown Begins for the Release of My New Book!

The Countdown Begins for the Release of My New Book!

Only 8 Days Until the Book Release to the Public! My book, Voice of Suicide, Voice of Hope, A Mother and Son Speak Through the Silence, is due to be released July 21. Stay tuned to this blog in the days to come to find out how you can obtain your copy.   Here is a...

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Happy birthday, America….and Happy birthday, daughter!

Happy birthday, America….and Happy birthday, daughter!

Fourth of July Happy 241st birthday, America!  So many memories from childhood, fireworks displays back in the mid-west, to parades, hot dogs on the grill, and bands playing patriotic marches of Sousa songs.  Those memories bring a tug at the heart and a thankfulness...

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My Daddy—-Our Father

My Daddy—-Our Father

My Daddy---Our Father It's   Father's Day.  The memories of my Daddy ( I never called him "Dad" or "Father", which was too formal for him), are priceless. He was a giant to me, not in stature with his 5'6" frame, but in character, in compassionate love, and in his...

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Memorial Day—They Gave Up Their Tomorrow

Memorial Day—They Gave Up Their Tomorrow

They Gave Up Their Tomorrow On this Memorail Day weekend we remember all those service men and women who gave up their tomorrow so that others could have their todays.  They gave it all for their country and for all of us.  They gave their lives, so we can enjoy our...

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If Your Plans are Derailed—Take Another Train

If Your Plans are Derailed—Take Another Train

If Your Plans are Derailed---Take Another Train It's spring time in the Rockies, which can be beautiful.  But many times it can derail important plans.  Yesterday, May 18, a huge winter storm blasted into Colorado.  This part of the country really needed the moisture,...

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The Countdown Begins for the Release of My New Book!

Happy Mother’s Day—Not So Sure About the “Happy”

Happy Mother's Day---Not So Sure about the "Happy" Three years ago on Mother's Day, May 11, our son took his own life.  The pain of depression was too much for him to go on living.  He was 36 years old, and today I remember how he lived, not how he died.  With...

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Encouragement—the Rock in the slimy pit

Encouragement—the Rock in the slimy pit

Encouragement----the Rock in the slimy pit Life can be a slimy pit.  It can feel sometimes like we're up to our necks in mire and gunk.  Ever feel that way?  Today is my day for getting bogged down in the dirtiness of things I've done, said, or even not done.  Like...

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Buzzing with Life—It’s Easter!

Buzzing with Life--It's Easter! The sorrow of Good Friday, the death of our Savior, the agony of his suffering has reminded us of the unfathomable sacrifice He made for us.  But that's not the end of the story!  He arose on the third day victoriously alive!  And He...

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Fire, Ashes, and the Phoenix

Fire, Ashes, and the Phoenix

Fire, Ashes, and the Phoenix My heart is filled with pain as I hear the news of the fire at our friends' barn overnight.  Nothing remains but ashes.  Three fire departments fought the flames for hours, but the heat was so intense that their boat, two tractors, their...

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Send Silence Packing

Send Silence Packing

  Send Silence Packing Today at Colorado State University more than 1,000 backpacks covered the floor of a ballroom in the Lory Student Center to represent the number of college students who die by suicide each year.  This was a national traveling exhibit, called Send...

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