This weekend, for the first time since 1989, my
veterinary practice will be doctorless.
Laurel schools are out for four days, so Dr.
Mark is taking his family to San Diego for some sand
and theme-park therapy.
His trip has been scheduled for months.
planning on covering the weekend, but daughter
Chelsie invited us to join her, Marcus and their
four mini-Warners for a short ski and water-park
vacation in Kellogg, Idaho.
I have not seen these four grandkids since
last July, so I am not letting this opportunity slip
through my fingers.
Over my 34 years of practice, God has revealed His
wisdom to me through different doctors, clients and
too often His message gets lost in the mayhem, but
occasionally, a whisper breaks through and sears
itself into my heart.
Over 20 years ago Dr. Dennis advised me, “You
can always make more money, but you can never make
It was true then, it is true now, it will
remain true tomorrow and it is especially fitting
for all American capitalists and here is why.
The freedom to succeed or fail, makes America
exceptional and our freedom is the tool God uses to
spread goodness and relieve human suffering
However, liberty can be a blessing or a
curse, because it is far too easy to be so focused
on success that you miss what really matters.
Less than a month ago, I lamented how tired I
was of spending weekends plowing snow, fixing
breakdowns, feeding horses and hustling to keep on
Standing in the treatment room I whined, “I
yearn for a day of doing absolutely nothing.”
This truth was stunning and it brings me to my
one weekend, I will not consume any CNN, MSNBC, CBS,
AP, ABC and NBC, Wall Street Journal or Lee
Enterprises state-sponsored fake news.
The only snowflakes garnering my attention
will be those passing under my skis.
At day’s end, I will be water-parking with
Chelsie, Marcus, Will, Raelee, Cassidy, Wes and the
Let the cannonballs begin because I am cultivating
memories, giving thanks to God and disengaging until
should consider the same
“It is called the Sabbath,” Dr. Mark