I love biographies. Learning about the new Sally Field, the one I bet none of you knew, right now with her captivating book, In Pieces. Before that George Michael, Gregg Allman, Pistol Pete Maravich, Katherine Hepburn, Liz Hurley, Dorothy Hamill, Donald Trump, Shania Twain…

But why biographies? Because I’m a crazy fan? Nope to the crazy part. Because I want to learn the secrets to their success? Nope, a lot of their success is hard work and luck.

I love biographies because they repeatedly remind me how we’re all more alike than we are different from one another. Hard work, luck, patience, more luck, having good connections- we’re all the same.

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Just Talking to God

Ever get to the point that you just talk to God instead of reading all there is to read about Him/Her? I’m at that point now.

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Snowy Saturday

So we have an inch of snow coming. But it’s also gonna be accompanied by some ice.  And ice should only appear in glasses not on street surfaces.  Cars were never meant to be driven on skating rings. Even the best of drivers have difficulty.  If you run into trouble they tell you to turn into the skid. But that takes courage. It’s an awkward defensive driving move. Physics makes it a sensible choice but real-life fear tells you to turn the other way to get away from it.  The key though is to always respect Mother Nature-drive slowly. And of course pray that Father Sun will shine brightly and melt everything away.  The sun always wins this battle when it comes to snow and ice. But when it comes in the evening you’re a bit screwed.

Colorado though is the best place to experience winter if you have to.  It never really gets that cold here because of the lack of humidity and the dryness.  And when it snows, unless it’s more than a few inches, the sun melts it away pretty quickly the next day.

I lived in Montana which is a beautiful state but the winters there can be deadly. We’re not meant to walk around and breathe in 22 below.

California weather is the best. But too many people, too many crazy people, have ruined that state.

So for now Colorado is fine with me. Snow and ice and of course the glow of the sun. It’s a balancing act in nature that works.

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It Hurts to Tie My Shoes


Tim Daughtry
December 14, 2015


Yes, the epilogue usually comes at the end. But for the purpose of maintaining a sense of urgency, I’m going to start at the end. I can do that because I think I know how this is going to play out.

Either I succeed at losing weight or my health will continue to deteriorate. I am fearful my continued failure with losing weight could even exacerbate my death. Thus my sense of urgency.

It’s hard to express to anyone how passionate I am about this. Everyone at one time or another is dieting. It’s always trending. I remember dieting as a teenager in the ‘60’s. There are so many books, seminars, gurus, drugs, supplements, organizations in the marketplace that participate in trying to solve our out of control obesity in this country. Unfortunately, we haven’t had much success. We’re all waiting for the magic pill.

At 65 it’s much harder to lose weight. I have no metabolism. I’ve tried several things, from drugs to exercise, and while diet pills always initially work, they wear off and become ineffective pretty quickly. Not to mention, they’re not good for your heart. And for me now, that’s an added problem.

When I was younger, 20 years ago, it was much easier to lose weight. Diet pills worked. Of course, cocaine or speed would work equally as well. But again, cocaine and speed are hardly sustainable lifestyle choices.

But now, except for starving, it’s hard to get the dial on the scale to go down.

(In process. To be continued.)

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My Credentials, My Experiences, My Legitimacy

17 Paloma Heights #204 Colorado Springs, CO 80921 • (719) 505-4097 •

Business Development Marketing/Management Executive/Communications Consultant

Over 15 years experience driving strategic growth and business visibility for leading profit and nonprofit healthcare organizations. Highly competitive, passionate, persuasive and articulate. Able to achieve results others believed to be impossible. Experienced in marketing, sales, budget control, communications and following best practices and procedures. Master’s degree and 10 years college teaching experience.

Demonstrated success record in:
 Branding, managing and positioning product and service lines.
 Promoting value, overcoming objections and securing hard to close deals.
 Motivating staff to peak performance levels.

• Fundraising • Physician Marketing • Account Development
• Market Research • Competitive/Strategic Planning • Budgeting/ Forecasting
• Prospecting/ Client Cultivation • Physician Recruitment • Client Retention

• Revenue Generation – Within 90 days, generated twice the revenue amounts for two senior mental health programs and achieved most successful years for these programs’ existence.
• Account Development – Reactivated inactive accounts for two hospital programs from medical staff physicians who had previously not referred to these programs. Increased admissions from other hospital departments, thereby growing the confidence level in these units.
• Market Penetration – As Director of Marketing wrote strategic marketing plans then implemented them. Monitored plans closely and adjusted per changes in the marketplace and referral fluctuations.
• Effective Marketing – Took key contact Orange County Senior Mental Health Agency from one job to another. Accounted for 60% of all Medicare admissions to both programs (WAMC Med Ctr, UCI Geropsychiatric Unit)

Self-Employed, Colorado Springs, CO 2005– Present
Editor/Writing Consultant
• Edit and proofread manuscripts for authors. Write book reviews. Taught English Composition at the college level. Tutor students and business executives in writing and public speaking.

Verizon Wireless, Colorado Springs, CO 2014– 2015
Solutions Specialist
• Sold cell phones, data packages and phone accessories in Corporate Store.

Comcast/Xfinity, Colorado Springs, CO 2012 – 2013
Direct Sales Representative
• Sold TV, Internet and Phone services to residential and business customers.

Select Physical Therapy, Monument, CO 2011 – 2012
Community Referral Coordinator
• Developed referrals from physicians to this company’s three Colorado Springs clinics.

Emergency Medical Management Associates, Arcadia, CA 2005
Physician Relations Marketing Manager,
• Recruited qualified Emergency Department physicians for medical staff positions for six Los Angeles hospitals. Assisted in credentialing process to expedite new hires.
• Prepared RFP’s used in competitive bids for new management contracts with hospitals.

Anaheim General Hospital, Anaheim, CA 2004
Physician Relations Marketing Manager
• Recruited new physicians and acted as liaison between existing medical staff and administration.
• Rejuvenated new admissions from low referring medical staff by 90% first 30 days.
• Interviewed 165 doctors first 45 days conducting needs analyses of their practices.

UCI Medical Center, Geropsychiatric Program (Signet Healthcare), Orange, CA 2003 Marketing Manager
• Increased ADC from 5 patients to 12 first 45 days/Increased profits by 150%
• Revitalized dormant referral sources/located new ones. Brought key county referral source, Older Adult Services, from previous position. This account represented 60% of all referrals.

West Anaheim Medical Center (Horizon Mental Health Management), Anaheim, CA 2000-2002
Marketing Manager
 Created and implemented strategic marketing plans for two senior mental health programs
 Increased outreach, referral development and crisis intervention services to the community
 Results: 60% growth in admissions, improved payor mix to 90% Medicare, kept unit 100% full to the point of waiting lists and prompted Administration to add 6 additional beds to the unit. 2001 was the unit’s most profitable year of operation.

Additional Healthcare Marketing Positions:

– Perimed Compliance Corporation, Tustin, CA 1998-1999. Medical software sales. Western Regional Manager
– Rivendel of Montana, Butte, MT. 1995-1996. Child/adolescent psychiatric hospital. Director of Marketing
– CPC Rancho Lindo Hospital, Fontana, CA. 1993-1994. Child/adolescent Director of Marketing
– Hoag Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, CA. 1992-1993. Chem. Dependency Ctr. Community Relations
– Newport Harbor Child/Adolescent Hospital, Newport Beach, CA. 1989-1990. Education Coordinator

College Teaching Positions:

– Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, 1991-1998. Adjunct Professor- English Dept. “Voted Outstanding Faculty Member,” 1992
– Orange Coast College, 1996-1998. Adjunct Professor- English Dept.
– Concordia University, 1990. Adjunct Professor- English Dept.

– “Qualifying the Unqualified Exhibit Builder,” Exhibit Builder Magazine, Nov. 1982, Woodland Hills, CA
– Book Review of Uncommon Thread by Carol Meadows, ISBN-13: 978-1-937600-26-6. Mill City Press, 2011.

Masters in Education, Georgia State University GPA: 3.8
B.A., Philosophy/Sociology, Georgia State University GPA: 3.5

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The Improbability of Love

Love is an interesting concept. I swear it only comes your way about three to five times in a lifetime. It comes your way a lot when you think you’re in love with someone and then mistakenly assume that of course they’re going to respond likewise. But it doesn’t happen that way. You both have to have the same exact feeling at the exact same time and when that happens it takes an army to separate the two of you. Even when the relationship goes bad. The love game is definitely playing hard ball. And a lot of us get hurt to the point of suicide. But when it works it’s got to be a sample of what heaven could be like. But it can never be forced and it always has to be carried out by two people on the same page at the exact same moment in time. And that’s a daunting task. Having said that now I see why people stay with people who the rest of us think are not good for them. First of all it’s none of our damn business who’s good for whom. But when love happens so rarely you want to try to recapture what the spark was in the beginning. And so you put up with a horrible relationship or a horrible partner who has turned on you. I think we do this because all of us know this love thing is not going to happen but just a few more times in our life.

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Just Cuz

I love it when rich people tell us that it’s “the other rich people” who are treating the poor badly, not them. But there are a lot of people who for idealogical reasons will refuse to admit that the sky is blue, “just cause.” Like in a court of law, simply opening your mouth and saying something does not make it true. Liberals hate having to prove what they say.

As Trump peels back all this corruption, it’s shocking not what Obama got away with, but how easily those on the left bought it. That’s embarrassing and pitiful.

Admitting you made a mistake, that you were wrong, and apologizing for it, shows a hint of character. Doing otherwise labels you as fool, much like an avowed racist, an old person stuck in their ways or a hermit who hides from reality.

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