What Did We Let Happen To Us?

You knew your neighborhood merchants and they knew you. You traded with the ones that you trusted and you avoided trading with those you didn’t. Having a loyal following was the local businessmen’s lifeline. It was something he nurtured and treasured.

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Continue Reading December 30, 2013 at 10:26 am Leave a comment

The Loss of Camelot

We had proven ourselves the stronger for it. Coming together during WWII and assembling the finest war machine ever assembled. One, that not only beat Hitler, but also the Italian fascists and Japan. We did it with sure determination, sacrifice and grit. Kennedy symbolized the coming golden age of America. Camelot.

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Continue Reading November 19, 2013 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

Being Thankful Is A Frame Of Mind

Yet it is well worth the effort to find them as being thankful for the good things nullifies the effect of the bad. It’s a focus shift that allows you to see the light at the end of the tunnel instead of the approaching train.

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Continue Reading November 18, 2013 at 8:45 am Leave a comment

Going All Directions At Once…Oh Look, A Squirrel!

So I built a pull toy of a pickup truck. Except mine had four front-ends going four different directions. No matter which of the four pull cords you pulled it wouldn’t go anywhere without dragging. In other words it was a metaphor for how I felt at the time.

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Continue Reading February 7, 2013 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Just How Great Would Things Be If…

“In everything thing you do, think of how it will affect the children.” There it is, plain and simple. No 2000 pages on how to treat the children, no law or mandates made by lofty governments, no commandment written in stone, just a simple sentence that can change the world.

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Continue Reading January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am Leave a comment

First Blog of the New Year, When and Why Did We Lose Our Passion?

Paul Moore just passed away recently. He was 94. He was an educator all his life. I remember him as my redheaded, pipe smoking principal of Warren G. Harding elementary school in East Saint Louis, IL. He was a kind; soft-spoken man who you could tell loved his job. He loved it so much he did it all his life. He had a passion for being an educator.

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Continue Reading January 7, 2013 at 10:03 am Leave a comment

2012 in review

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The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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December 31, 2012 at 8:27 am Leave a comment

Tragedy Can Be Avoided if We Just Think

I’m not against anyone who hunts, target practices or is so fearful for their safety that they feel they need a small handgun for protection. I believe they should legally be able to purchase a gun. On the other hand, just as I wouldn’t want my neighbor having a bazooka or flame thrower, I really don’t want him/her to have a high powered, mobile, killing machine that can sling hundreds of bullets a minute around my neighborhood. Especially if he is a law abiding insane person.

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Continue Reading December 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Some Pre-Christmas Thoughts

I’m now officially in my 60’s. Though I hope to have a couple of decades to go, life can turn on a dime as I know from experience. My task now is to comfort my wife and be there for her every moment as she fights, no, conquers cancer.

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Continue Reading December 14, 2012 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

It’s That Time Again, Time To Be Thankful

So as you can see there is so much to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day holiday. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to find something. I will leave you with this one wish: May we all continue to be thankful throughout the coming year and love one another.

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Continue Reading November 21, 2012 at 8:17 am Leave a comment

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