How can someone win a gold star (i.e. win your approval and/or admiration) with you?

Kindness, especially random acts of kindness. Help an elderly person put up their shopping cart and you’ve won my heart. Hold doors open for people. Pull down light bulbs from that high shelf instead of walking by as someone struggles to reach them. Give somebody your parking space and walk the extra twenty yards. It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day.

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I’d finally read the pile of books I’ve bought over the last two years “because I really need to read more”. I’ll also dedicate three of those hours every single day to writing.

Do you have a favorite type of exercise?

“Favorite” is a tricky adjective in this case. Soccer has always been my favorite sport to play but it’s not exactly something I’m doing in my forties. Swim is a fantastic full body workout but again, not something I’m really doing. If you’re asking what I pick when I walk in the gym then I guess it’s pretty boring – the elliptical. I like being able to listen to my music while getting a a good cardio workout. I also like walking the dogs.

Do you sleep with a top sheet? Why or why not?

I do. I’m all about the layers, man. Top sheet and comforter. Plus now we’ve added a blanket from Orvis that in concept is supposed to keep dog hair from getting all over the comforter but I’m sure you can guess how well that’s going.

This is your space to write about anything you’d like. I’m GRATEFUL for your participation in Share Your World, so there’s the “gratitude” hook.  

I’m grateful for the company of good friends, movie popcorn with copious amounts of butter, and a warm kitty who loves to curl up in my lap while I’m writing.

Sparks from a Combustible Mind hosts Share Your World.