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Jerry Haynes

OK, where do I start. I was born…., no that line has already been taken.Call me…, oops so has that one. Well, I won’t attempt to spout musical prose, and just be myself. I grew up in the small cotton mill town of Fries, VA. My parents were hardworking members of the middle class. They never earned more than a little over minimum wage, but I can never remember lacking for anything. After graduating from Fries High School in 1969, I started to VA Tech. After two years of partying (1st), going to movies (2nd), and studying, well, much further down the list, VA Tech decided I need a two year break to get my priorities straight. With a number 8 in the draft lottery, I knew that even if the Hokies didn’t want me, Uncle Sam did. I joined the US Navy. I got my priorities straight. I’m proud to be a Viet Nam veteran, but feel guilty I never got deployed. I graduated from Tech in 1977 with a BS in Civil Engineering. For the next 35 years I would work in both the private and public sectors. My first job took me to Tazewell County, Virginia where I soon joined the Jaycees. This ignited my passion for individual development. This passion still burns today.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Although I find it very interesting that we have to have a day, once a year, to remind us of how much we have to be thankful for 525,600 minutes a year, I nevertheless hope you do take a few minutes today to reflect upon just how blessed you and I are. If you should lose power and have …

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Debbie

Debbie While on a wonderful tour of Ireland & Scotland, I got some heartbreaking news; the death of a longtime friend, who was also the wife of a longtime friend. I had known Debbie Stuart Shaffner since I was 15. I’ve known her husband Billy since I was 12. Although I truly felt them to be among my favorite friends, …

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Valentines, a time for love

Blog: Valentines, a time for love Valentines is a day to celebrate love. But you know, there are different types of love. You have Storge, which is really more of an affection. (I love my Hokies) You have Phila, which is a friendship. (I have some very special friends, whom I love) Then you have Eros, which is the romantic, …

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Family-How Well Do you Know Yours?

In my motivational program/book The All New & Improved You, I pointed out that one of the four foundational building blocks for a happy successful life is FAMILY. I have taken added responsibility for my paternal family for I am the oldest surviving heir of the Haynes surname. I have worked on our family tree. I have organized family reunions …

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Drinking From Your Bucket List, One Dipper at a Time

Drinking From Your Bucket List, One Dipper at a Time I truly believe there is no better way to keep hope and happiness in your life, than to have written goals, and along with those goals, a Bucket List. This past weekend, I was able to drink from my Bucket list in a most fantastic way. It all started about …

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Self_improvement month

September is Self-Improvement Month God has planted into each of us a seed of greatness. It is up to us to nurture that seed into productive fruit. September is Self-Improvement Month, so what better time to either start, or to re-energize, your own personally directed self-improvement program. I’d like to offer a few tips from my Self-Improvement program, The All …

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Finding Happiness in your back yard

Judy and I love to travel. We love to find new adventures, and that brings us hope and happiness. But sometimes, you can find your happiness in your own backyard. It seems like every year, we get a new “summer visitor” at our home. Last year it was a Writing Spider, also known as a garden spider, zipper spider, corn …

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International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness, March 20,  2014 The International Day of Happiness was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012. Assembly Resolution A/RES/66/281 basically states that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal.  They invite the world to observe the International Day of Happiness in an appropriate manner, including through education and public awareness-raising …

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“tis the Season

‘tis the Season:  Celebrating Red and Green Friday. Many people look forward to Black Friday.  I myself celebrate the Friday after Thanksgiving as Red and Green Friday.  All year long I have bought Christmas books and recorded Christmas movies. Then on Red and Green Friday, I jump out of bed as early as I wake up (this year it was …

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Make a Difference

Last winter while we were at our condo in Myrtle Beach, I joined Judy for her daily 5 -mile beach walk.  It had stormed the day before, and several starfish had washed up on the shore.  I began picking them up, and taking them back down into the tide.  I did this because of a story I had once heard. …

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