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​Art does not need words to express itself.  It is connected with the inner self of the creator. The creator sometimes can't even put into words the meaning or significance of his or her work.  Perhaps that is what is meant by the quote, "The hands can express the soul."   I t makes sense that art would be able to reach those wh...
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Be Not Weary....for the Long Run

"The morning light was just breaking as he turned up the last leg of his training run.  It was the hardest section: ¾ of a mile in loose dirt on a 6% incline.  His pulse quickened and breathing deepened as the course's incline demanded its payment.  Even though the morning temp was a brisk 56 degrees, he found himself sweat...
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Ripples on The Water

  I have always wanted to make a difference in others' lives. I thought medicine would allow me to do this. It influenced my decision to go into the medical field. In my 30 years of medicine, I have been able to save babies during birth, rescue men from heart attacks, and give medicine to reverse life threatening massive strokes. Yet last...
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Listen

Several months ago I started remodelling a house for resale. Each day, I would mark the time to "wrap up and go home" by the sound of the school bus dropping off children in from the neighbourhood. Since the first 3 weeks were spent replacing a roof, I also got a chance to see the children come home. Each day there was an elderly woman in a white c...
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Be the Accent Color!

Most have heard of the phrase "even a rose in a daisy garden is a weed."  I have never really liked this idiom.  It reminds me of the idea that the baked beans can't touch the potato salad or the steak juice shouldn't soak the toast.  It almost creates a moral construct that that which is different is wrong.  Keep that...
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It's Just A Bridge

​ ​ IN 1993 ​ I bought a 40 acre parcel outside of Fort Morgan.  It had one small problem to overcome.  33 acres of the property were landlocked and not accessible because of an irrigation ditch separated the larger piece from the 7 acres with access to the road.  My solution seemed so easy.  I would just bui...
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Architecture for Autism

 Architecture is basically art and science.  The design challenge is to witness the experience through the perspective of an autistic person. The more we design, and the more we love those with a gift we have yet fully understand, brings upon the greatest rewards and fulfillment beyond the facility constructed.  
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Come Join us for our Meet & Greet

WE will start our fundraising campaign with a silent auction during our Meet and Greet.  Please join us if you are in St. George, Utah. Consider donating a virtual leaf to beautify  the Tree at Aspie's retreat at http://www.aspiesretreat.org $20 will add a virtual leaf to the Autism tree at Aspie;s Retreat. Thank you for your su...
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It Grows against All Odds

This Morning I was heading into a mental health counseling office building when I noticed a splash of color on the drab gray sidewalk.  A petunia  plant was growing in the crack of the sidewalk just a few inches from my left shoe.  As I exited the office, I sat on a bench along side of the sidewalk and watched others as the...
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Gems Aren't Made Without Pressure and Heat

​ A number ​ of years ago my kids and I traveled deep into the desert of Utah on a rock hounding trip. We traveled a few hundred miles to Topaz Mountain where we started prospecting for Topaz and Garnets,  we had great fun and success cracking open the rock matrix called rhyolite to reveal gems. Millions of years ago volcanoes erupted over the...
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Variety & Diversity: The Key to Viability

  How monotonous the sounds of the forest would be...If the music came only from the Top Ten Birds!                                                                       ...
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A FIRST for Jed's Blog

 This is the start of The Official Blog from Aspie's Retreat. Just outside of the small town of San Saba, Texas there is this great pecan orchard.  Parked in front of the orchard is an old flatbed truck with a sign stating, "Pecans $1.00 / lb." I always like the way the tree line up in row after row as one drives past. That pattern i...
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