Archive for May, 2013

School teachers ask the students questions during class to both test and get the student involved in the conversation. The students, especially the younger ones, usually answer in a timid way.  It was when questions were answered that my school teachers would ask the student another question. “Are you asking me or telling me?”  Most students would answer with telling, the teacher would then fire back with “well tell me then.” The student would make his statement with more confidence and then the lesson would go on. Sometimes students would let the teacher know they were asking. Then the teacher would begin his or her lesson by answering the question. After the teacher answered the question, the teacher would ask the student again and he or she would tell the teacher.

Learning and teaching requires this engagement, a dialogue has to be open and it has to go both ways. There is nothing wrong with ignorance however there is something wrong with ignorance within an abundance of knowledge. We live in an age where ignorance to a certain degree is a form of apathy and laziness.

Knowledge in a myriad of subjects is literally at our fingertips. We have to simply get engaged or connected to begin the dialogue which will result in learning and the destruction of ignorance and I can’t help but think that with the destruction of ignorance will come prosperity for everyone..

So learn something new today somewhere and somehow.





The quote is from the big budget remake of How the Grinch stole Christmas. Actually it is part of a much larger more poignant quote…..

“That’s what it’s all about right? That’s what it’s always been about! Gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! Do you know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me…in your garbage. Do you see what I’m saying here? IN YOUR GARBAGE! I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump! And the avarice…[points to mayor] The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs!” “I want diamonds!” “I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored, and send it away to make glue!” Look, I don’t wanna make waves here, but this WHOLE Christmas season is STUPID! STUPID! STUPID! There is however, one teeny, tiny, Christmas tradition that I find quite meaningful [snatches mistletoe from ring case] Mistletoe. [Turns around and shouts] SO PUCKER UP AND KISS IT, WHOVILLE!”

Pretty cool quote huh? The movie was really good!! If you have not watched it you really should.

You would be hard pressed to turn on any news channel and not here and see news about a sluggish economy. After hearing or seeing the news about the slowing economy you are treated to a commercial trying to sell you some of that stuff. That stuff that becomes gifts which go to the trash can. Then the Grinch gets it.   Do yourself a favor and avoid buying things you don’t need or even truly want.  Yeah, I typed want. Of course you want it, I mean you bought it right? Let me ask you this though if you were not told through the advertisement, store personnel or store display? Don’t feel bad. Based on the amount of credit card debt and the rising consumption levels everywhere you and I are not in the minority. Many people look for answers in “retail therapy” but the truth told you will not find them there.

Enjoy what you have. Consider every purchase, ask yourself if you need it or if you want it and if you want it, why. I think you will find that you have more money, and are not less happy and the few purchases you find yourself making will be much more meaningful.

The Grinch maybe mad at you, but *spoiler alert*, by the end of the movie he gets the real Christmas spirit so if you stop buying a whole bunch of stuff he will be ok.



There we were. We were graduating we had paid the tuition, attended the classes and turned in all the necessary work.  Truth be told, we had already received our degree, the certificate we were getting was really just bread and circuses. I however had paid a fair amount of money and was going to participate in this event. Plus there was free food after it was all over and I don’t like passing on free food.

The graduation went off without a hitch which was kind of an disappointment, my high school graduation involved a beach ball and some upset teachers and councilors but it was really fun.

I can’t remember if we heard the speeches before or after we received the degree. I can’t remember how many speeches we heard, but I do remember singing “America the Beautiful” at the beginning of the ceremony and I remember the dean speaking to us.

The dean let us know how proud he was and that grandchildren are truly a blessing. The dean also gave us the two-step secrets to getting and keeping a good job.

Step one was.. Show up. Step two was…. Show up on time.

The dean was a brilliant man!  Workplace attendance and punctuality are paramount to a productive day and successful career. Absenteeism  is one of the most common problems in the workplace today. 

Sometimes, most of the time, at work we feel like we are spinning our wheels and getting nothing done. We get in a funk and feel frustrated we are not sure what to do to break out of it. Try showing up a little earlier. When you get in use the quiet time to address the road blocks in your way. You would be surprised how much more you can get done without all the regular distractions. Your boss will also notice that you are there and it will make a good impression on him or her.

See the dean was brilliant!  Sometimes at home we may feel the same funk or trapped feeling. Try waking up more early. 

Last week I had to get my passport. I showed up 15 minutes early for my appointment. I was certain I would have some time to read my book and do some people watching at the post office. I had no time for that though. The man behind the counter saw me early and sent my paperwork on through. The power of punctuality is something to marvel at.  A friend of mine commented on the power of being early for childrens doctors appointments. His wife was usaully the one who took their children into the doctors office she was never late and also never early and her appointments took “all day”. He had a day off arrived early and was seen right away!

See the dean was brillant!! 




“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  –Walt Disney

What is up next? After we finish here where are we going? What is phase two? What do you have for next week? These are questions asked by children under 12 and ambitious adults. Sometimes there are clear answers. Up next we will go to lunch, followed by dinner. Phase two is an expansion with our internet marketing. Next week I have three meetings and one deadline.  At other times the answers are not so clear because what happens next often depends on what is happening now.

If we do not understand, respect and appreciate now our vision for later will be very murky. Instead of opening doors we will face locks we don’t have the keys for. We will not be doing new things, but instead repeating history. Our curiosity has to be feed and this can only happen when we understand and learn about right now first and then tomorrow. “Without today there can be no tomorrow”  — John3c

We may not be super excited about what is going on in our lives right now. Things may be tough, God knows they can get that way, and on the flip side things may be wonderful and sublime, but this moment needs to be appreciated and respected and understood by you and me. Tomorrow will come and then it will be today and if we do not learn to appreciate today we will never truly experience or appreciate tomorrow.

The trick to looking forward is to never stop respecting and appreciating this moment right now





Our reasons

Posted: May 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

When I was a child I often wondered, as children do about why… Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do I have to go to school? I usually asked my parents these questions and usually I was rewarded with an answer. As I got older the questions became more numerous and my siblings joined in, then I was rewarded with “look it up.” I did look it up, to I loved the encyclopedia. The book covered everything. Well almost everything.
Some adults who were not as patient as my patents would answer with “I have my reasons.”
Most of the time these reasons were not included in a book. These reasons were and often still are a mystery to me. To understand why people do what they do and act the way they do, is a task that well daunting is paramount to cultivating healthy relationships. To know people’s reasons we have to know the people. Sometimes we don’t even know ourselves enough to understand our reasons, but we should.
“Know thyself” This was written on the wall at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

John Goddard passed away, he was 88 years old and known as the real life Indiana Jones.

John served in WWII, went on expeditions all over the globe broke both the speed and altitude records. He has sailed down the Nile river and was the first man to sail the length of the Congo river.

John loved people and was always interested in their culture and lands. When he was 15 years old he made a list of 127 things he wanted to do and John did most of them.

John said that “writing down a goal was important. Most people say something and that doesn’;t mean anything.”

You may or may not be 15 today but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and write out a list. I know I am!

Make the goals things you always wanted to do no matter how crazy. Do not sell yourself short (man has walked on the moon) then (and this is the important part) start checking things off the list. Enlist the help of friends and families, your inclusion of them, may help them check off their lists.

RIP John G and thanks for this great advice.



When it’s over.

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

This morning I read an article about Paolo Soleri. it seems that some of his sketches which have never been seen before are now available to view on the Internet.
Paoloa passed away at the age of 93 last month and I am ashamed to admit it but I had until this morning, never heard of this man. This lack of knowledge got me to thinking. I wondered, how many other brilliant minds are out there that I don’t know about.
People have always told me that I should earn a new fact everyday. They are right, I would only add that we should also meet someone new everyday. If I had done that maybe I would have known about this genius before he had passed away.