Personal Articles


Update:  Here are some short, quick insights on a variety of personal things I find interesting. I share a clip/snippet of articles and posts, reference the source article, and provide a personal comment/insight on the topic.


A compelling video – what we searched for in 2017

A compelling video - what we searched for in 2017 It was amazing in the first 30 seconds of this video - the way the producers, who were simply recapping some of the most popular searches for 2017, hit such an emotional note so quickly....

My personal blog in 2018

A fresh start Every year seems like a chance for a fresh, new start. That’s how I feel about my personal website and blog each year. It’s a continual work in progress. Each year I come back to it with renewed purpose to keep it going and make it better. A consistent...

What Questions Do You Want to See Asked and Answered this year?

A question a day I’ve had the practice of sharing a question first thing each morning to social media - one question for each day of the year. The feedback and discussions are always interesting and thought provoking. Let me know what questions you would like to see,...

Day One – Welcome to 2018

Happy New Year Just wanted to start the new year off by wishing everyone well. I hope this is the year that great things happen for you.  Truly wish you the best in your personal and professional endeavors this year! Greetings from our family

Independence Day 2017

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." --Thomas Jefferson

Little Known Civil War Battle of Charleston WV

A small battle in the Civil War happened in Charleston, West Virginia on Sept. 13, 1862. It was a day-long artillery duel and series of firefights that left 43 men dead and 179 wounded, a number of downtown buildings in flames, and most of the town’s 1,500 residents...

A list of West Virginians of the Year

Here is an inspiring list that the local newspaper shared.  It highlights some amazing people that have been selected over the years to be recognized and honored as West Virginian's of the Year.  The list goes from 2016 all the way back to 1951. 2016 - SYLVIA MATHEWS...

Army Physical Fitness Standards – Back to Basics

Sharing my thoughts about using my experience with the Army Physical Fitness Test (AFPT) to measure my 2017 fundamental fitness goals. You must have a minimum fitness level to join the Army and improve it by the end of basic training In the Army, we took an initial...

2017 Weigh-In

194.8 is my starting point for 2017. This past year I hit 200 for the first time. My goal is 185 and to be much more fit. I had hoped have better managed my diet and exercise this past year and will deepen my resolve this year. In the end I just need to stop eating...

Read through the Bible in 2017

Just reset my Bible app's reading plan for the new year. I always experience amazing days where the scripture reading for the day speaks to me in a powerful way. Also love the fact that the Bible app can play the reading audibly - very nice to have in the car while...

Taking a Sunday stroll

Walking to church with a big smile on her face. And of course her new pearls. @paulhelmick on Instagram

Pearls for the girls

Treasured by every lady I know, Lily tries on her first set of little girl pearls. @paulhelmick on Instagram

Beary happy

Lily's build-a-bear got a wardrobe update... @paulhelmick on Instagram