Vote

I’m not sure how long it has taken for this to happen, but our presidential election has degenerated into a perverted version of choice. I recall voting being something one did that was “for” a person or an ideal, not “against” one. Voting against someone, in my mind, presumes that nothing could be worse. Be careful people, history has taught …

Bullies

Recently my wife and I saw “Hell or High Water.” I won’t give away the plot, but it’s worth seeing. Afterward I started thinking about what I would do to win, what it means to win, and how to measure the consequences of winning. And I’m pretty competitive. I thought of situations when a bully was in our workplace. Now …

Making the Grade

Recently my daughter changed her college major which required her to weave a new path through her requirements. Ultimately it ended up with her having to take a class this summer in a subject that is not her strength. With the accelerated schedule we knew it would be quite a struggle. Worse, this class was a pre-requisite for the classes …

Fish

My son and wife bought me an aquarium for Father’s Day. I decided to set it up as a saltwater reef tank. We started slow with a couple of clownfish (think Nemo). I added a coral or two. And things were going well. Then decided to try something that my local fish expert said was too difficult, and I added …

I Wrote A Book!

Today is a terrific day. “Elephant Tales – mostly true stories about entrepreneurs” was released on Amazon in softcover and will be available in Kindle format in a day or two.  Writing this book has been a dream of mine for years.  I’ve always been a bit of a storyteller, using that format to illustrate a point to the executives …

Giving Life

My wife and I dropped our son off at college today. It feels sad, different and maybe a bit scary. But deep down there is a strong sense of fulfillment. And pride. This is what we’ve prepared him for.  This is the way it is supposed to be.  And he’s happy as heck to be on his own. This is …

Stepping Back

One morning I was reading during my quiet time and came across this passage.  “If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks. If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.   It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone. Don’t you know he …