The course of the river

“Nature is prone to follow the easy way.  The river follows in its natural channel to the sea, but if you want to start a mill you must dam up the river, or change its course.  So it is with human nature.  We are prone to run along in the customary grooves which we have […]

The ones who care

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” Dr. Theodore Seuss Geisel I ran across this quote long ago, and it’s stuck in my brain. After raising a couple of kids, I am of the opinion that a little Seuss goes a long way in most […]

Digging Down

“No matter what happens, the U.S. Navy is not going to be caught napping.” U.S. Secretary of Navy, December 4, 1941 Years ago, I read a book called “Fierce Conversations”, by author and business consultant Susan Scott.  In her book, Susan refers again and again to the process called “interrogating reality”.  She focuses on what […]


  Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time, unless you are ready. The most important question is: “Are you ready?” – Johnny Carson Mr. Carson hit the nail on the head.   I know many people that are uniquely talented, and sufficiently intelligent to be […]

Balanced Value

“Next to love, balance is the most important thing.” John Wooden – Legendary Basketball Coach How do you define personal value?  What is it about your life that makes you proud?  What measuring stick do you use when comparing yourself with others?  Personal value is inextricably connected to our self-esteem, and our motivation to succeed.  […]


“Never   cut   what   you   can   untie” Joseph Joubert 1754–1824 – French Essayist and Moralist  When I first saw this quote, it immediately got me thinking about tomatoes.  Yes tomatoes.  Have you ever bought tomatoes at the grocery store?   Did you put them in that plastic bag?   And did you give the bag a […]


The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later” Confucius 551-479 BC I like the premise of this quote.  Many people treat success as an object to be obtained.  They define it with a trophy, a title, or a record.  In actuality, I think that this old Chinese […]


Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them. Nathaniel Hawthorne Happy New Year Everyone! I don’t normally do New Year’s resolutions.  That doesn’t mean however that I won’t use the […]


“If you’re going through hell, keep going!” Winston Churchill Adversity is a stranger to no one.  We will always have it impeding our progress in one way or another.  Lately I have had the opportunity to view adversity from a completely new perspective. My children are now of an age and station in life where […]