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August 2016

Listening —

How can anyone know what is in another’s heart unless one asks with true intent and willingness to understand without preconception. But asking necessitates the unconditional willingness to listen. And listening is one of the most difficult activities that can be undertaken. Right intent as well as the desire to …

He Stood There —

My Father stood there alone at the airport as I was again preparing to leave He stood there staring at me as the call was made to board an airplane for the West Coast Part of a return trip to Korea to continue a command started seven months earlier that …

My Son Called Me —

My son called yesterday and asked if I would go to a funeral with him this afternoon. A very close friend’s father, a man he knew well and liked, died unexpectedly at age 66. This was the first time he faced loss this way and he just decided he did …

What? —

How do we deal with what we feel in the moment? How do we decide how we can best approach what is bubbling up from within, playing with the emotions, pulling us in many directions. How do we accept the voice within that seems to stand behind and nudge us …

Old Lessons —

Old lessons reemerge as we progress through life. I am a retired military guy and learned early on that though I had the authority, except for operational decisions, the men and women I was responsible for came first. What was instilled in me by respected mentors was that in those …

The Bottom Line —

It’s unfortunate the push for the bottom line in business today robs the young future leader of his or her inheritance – integrity, honesty, loyalty, creativity and sense of responsibility.  Mature human beings, true leaders and mentors are not supposed to eat their young.

I Heard Olga May Be Sick —

A friend told me the doctor confirmed a small lump in her breast. Early 60’s, a Latino woman loved by all whose broken English and wonderful smile projected the materialism of this caring, beautiful grandmother.  A practiced, true professional tailor. Always focused on the task at hand – fingers moving …

The Wealthy Pauper —

Jewels adorn, fine raiment embrace, supple leathers wrap Unworn, Grand library built, master volumes set, mankind’s finest thoughts Unread, Better china none, purest crystal gleam, gold and silver the table set For one, Day’s slandered dawn, gentle breeze makes fresh, garden’s color magnificent Curtains drawn, Lavish all, possessions safe, within …

Beware What You Promote —

The Yard is just incredible in that there is always a plethora of flying life in all colors crisscrossing and stopping for a quick snack on seed. In a previous entry I mentioned we had attracted a Field Mouse and should have realized this was a harbinger of things to …

Safe —

The throne—the water closet—the rest room—the little boys room—the John—the Larry—the Latrine—the can—the washroom—the hiding place—the head—the pit stop—the reading room—the house of the crescent moon—the lounge—the growler—the bathroom—the potty —the crapper—the study—the privy—the facilities—the bank—the home away from home—the Loo—the cheek gasket—room of no return—match room—the gas can—etc. No …

Photography —

Photography is an art form; taking pictures is not an art form. One who uses a camera is not necessarily a photographer.  The art is the final portrayal of what the artist envisions, using the photographic medium. A photographer sees the photograph before the picture is taken.  A beautiful photograph …