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TommyLog – Be More Like Mr Whitney

12 Apr
April 12, 2017

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about a influential teacher in my life. Mr. Richard Whitney was my music teacher while I was at Barker Road Junior High school. From grade 7 through nine I took music class chorus and was actually a member of the AV club where he was the advisor.

Mr. Whitney was a tech head, free spirit and loved rock ‘n’ roll music. I was in at least two plays were Mr. Whitney let the music, bye-bye Birdie and Oklahoma.

Mr. Whitney never wore socks. That was his trademark. Even to concerts he would be dressed up in a tux, he would have no socks on. Just awesome!!

One of my most memorable experiences with Mr. Whitney was the week the newest Rush album came out. Signals was the title and we spent an entire class dissecting the album song by song. Back in that day we were listening to the album on vinyl. He would stop songs mid song and we go through the lyrics so that we understood what was trying to be said.

I know for hundred percent certainty that my love of music and The rock bands Yes and Rush came from Mr. Whitney.

Thank you for sharing your life and your talents with me.

Kids, we really need to be a lot more like Mr. Whitney!!

TommyLog – Cousins Caught in the Middle

31 Mar
March 31, 2017

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about growing up and interesting Clifford family dynamics. When I grow up I didn’t spend a lot of time with my cousins. Sure we would see them at Christmas time and it birthdays, but we really never saw each other. Seeing each other at big events doesn’t really count. There was a parental dynamic involved that kept all of us from really hanging out in knowing each other as deeply as we should have. Not until the advent of Facebook have we been able to come together and be a part of each other’s lives. But just think about how much we missed!

Being a part of an extended family unit is so important. The Clifford family name ties us together. Being able to see each other in social media helps so much, but there’s a huge piece missing. We need to get together for a reunion. I need to make sure that happens.

Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most!

TommyLog – Learn to Breathe Better

22 Mar
March 22, 2017

Hey Kids it’s dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about a good friend of mine. Two years ago she suffered a loss in her household. Her dear husband passed away from a long battle with cancer. This last weekend was the anniversary of his death. I was talking with her and discussing the lost and how she deals with it. One thing she said was very strong and very poignant. She says it doesn’t get any easier to deal with it, I’ve just learned to breathe better.

I just learned to breathe better – – that is such an amazing outlook on the situation. Nothing takes the hurt away. Nothing makes it any better. You just learn how to deal with the situation and to make the best out of it. What an amazing statement from a strong woman! I’ve never had to deal with adversity like that so I can’t add much to the situation. I love how she put it.

When we are dealt with a punch that takes the wind out of her sales, we need to learn how to breathe better. Thanks Kelli for these words of wisdom!

TommyLog – Things Just Don’t Happen

20 Mar
March 20, 2017

Hey Kids it’s Dad. Today I’m uploading a video I taped in Phoenix, AZ last year.

I went to Phoenix to meet a long time social media friend and to teach a class with some of her real estate colleagues. I met her family and we broke bread together. We went family grocery shopping together. We’re teaching a class together. How does this happen?
How do you go from social media friends to business partners? How does something like this happen? It doesn’t! The man upstairs has a plan. If you think for a second that all these pieces of the puzzle just happen to come together – – you’re not paying attention.

The good Lord knows exactly what he’s doing! It’s our job to pay attention and to highlight these things. Things don’t just happen!

TommyLog – The Chest of Scarves

08 Mar
March 8, 2017

Hey Kids it’s Dad, and for today’s TommyLog I want to talk to you about an email I received. The email was from a dear friend. Over the years she’s accumulated a lot of scarves. Beautiful woven silk scarves. She wants to put these scarves to good use. She has a friend who is battling cancer. The scarves could go to good use. So what my friend did is build a “chest of scarves.” Along with a book on how to tie scarves, this chest filled with beautiful scarves will help this lady going through cancer feel beautiful again.

I think were touched me the most about this tender gift was the fact that it is perpetual in nature. As soon as you beat cancer, share your story and then give the chest to someone else so they can be beautiful and they can have the assistance they need to beat cancer too.

One of my favorite scriptures is this: “And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; 
that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your 
fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

Such a touching reminder of great people in this world. Putting others first in such a manor – I’m blown away!