Orlando, The City Beautiful

Orlando Florida from a jet
Orlando and iconic Lake Eola, 2022.

Orlando, The City Beautiful.

We live as far away from Orlando as you can possibly live and still have an Orlando address.

How it’s possible is beyond me.

This is why, at less than a mile from Walt Disney World, when people ask me, “Where are you from?”, i answer, “Walt Disney World.”

It’s a mindset, not a zip code.

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This website is about our MIND. To read today’s post about our BODY, click here.

No words after yesterday’s Orlando Pulse tragedy

Twenty-four hours ago, i woke up, just like i did a few minutes ago at 5am.

Like everyday.

And like every morning, i checked in on Twitter and this Tweet was the first one i saw…i only read the top part that says, “multiple injuries”…didn’t catch that the shooter was dead…


Pulse Orlando tragedy


Then before leaving for Church this one…not sure what mass casualty means…


Pulse Orlando tragedy


After Mass, this one…


Pulse Orlando tragedy


Then we turned on the tv at home and learn 20 people died…OMG…


Pulse Orlando tragedy


And then, to make this all worse than our worst nightmare ever…


Pulse Orlando tragedy


Then, at the YuGiOh tournament in Kissimmee, this one…


Pulse Orlando Tragedy
About 2pm


May we all pause, think, cry, mourn, think some more, pray…and hope for some Heavenly miracle to reign down on humanity.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.


This website is about our mental attitude. To easily and safely leave this site to read today’s post on jeff’s physical health website, click here.


Independent midlife heretic?

Will-A-Mar Orange Grove sign


(photo: when one season ends, another begins, so they say)

  1. Are we independent midlife heretics?
  2. Are we desiring independence from the Herd, status quo?
  3. Could there be such a thing as a midlife Independence day?

Yes, yes, and yes.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. – Mark Twain

Many critics, few patriots.

The cost of midlife personal responsibility is high.

The price of freedom in achieving it – priceless.

No one is going to climb our mountain for us.

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What if yesterday wasn’t just another ordinary day?

Orlando Gaylord Palms and Orlando Based Speaker jeff noel
Coincidently drove past the March 2015 venue and sent this pic to the Event planner (just for fun)


My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. – unknown

Like that’s ever gonna happen.

Did something remarkable happen to you yesterday?

Odds are it was just another day.


But here’s the thing we all know.

We reap what we sow.

But even in knowing this, we still sow conservatively. Often too conservatively.

Sure do hope these blogs help you rethink that.

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Dear Son, It’s Far Easier To Excel In What You Love

Children Love To Monkey Around (most adults do too)

Dear Son, as your learning accelerates in fifth grade, you know how challenging it can be to score well in every subject. It’s far easier to excel in what you love.

While you are cognizant of Life’s Big Choices because of who your dad is, mostly, these ideas are what 11-year olds could care less about. Remember who you are and what, and why, you’ve been taught.

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