March 18, 2017

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” (from Alice in Wonderland) Humpty Dumpty sounds like a 21st century person. Dictionary definitions don’t...

March 17, 2017

If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me. (St. Patrick, 5th century missionary) Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and the Irish will celebrate the “Apostle of...

March 16, 2017

We are defined by our choices, not our circumstances. By the choices we make and the choices we don’t make. By our action or our inaction. (King Abdullah of Jordan) Many of us try to explain away some of our troubles by blaming them on the...

#89 – The New SC400

  Toshihiro Okada was the chief engineer for the new SC400 coupe. He was a sports car enthusiast who owned a Porsche. There were several directions to consider with the new coupe. One option was to go with a two-door version of the LS400...

March 15, 2017

You don’t earn loyalty in a day. You earn loyalty day-by-day. (Jeffrey H. Gitomer, author and business trainer) Gitomer was commenting on the “Ides of March,” the day in which Caesar was assassinated in Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. He...

March 14, 2017

The value of an object is based on how much is paid for it. (Barry C. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate) Antiques Roadshow is a popular TV program where experts place a value on people’s prized possessions. Many are surprised at the high prices...

#88 – The ES300

  In an article headlined, “Crowded Market Befuddles Buyers,” Melinda Grenier Guiles of the Wall Street Journal wrote, “The product proliferation—and rising prices—render the term ‘luxury car’ almost meaningless.” Adding more confusion...

March 13, 2017

Nothing is more difficult to counterfeit than ethics. (John Calvin, prominent leader of the Protestant Reformation) In an age of relativity, everyone seems to establish his own set of morals and beliefs. In the Old Testament ((Judges 21:25)...

March 12, 2017

When something needs to be done – don’t wait for someone else to do it for you—donate your time and pitch in. (Charles Wickers) When we see an obvious need in our community or around the world, we sometimes say, “Somebody ought to do something...

March 11, 2017

If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents–start charging for it. (Kim Garst, business consultant and author) Sounds like good advice for someone who is working hard to share his or her...

March 10, 2017

Only those who do nothing make no mistakes. (Church sign board) Because we dislike making mistakes, we might fail to pursue one venture or another just to avoid an embarrassing slip-up or the possibility of failure. Yet, deep down we know that...

#87 – Trouble with Hussein

  Lexus was beginning to hit its stride. July sales were the best ever at 5,558, of which 1,979 were ES250s. We were tracking to hit our objectives for the first time. I was feeling good about achieving our goals—before Saddam Hussein ruined...

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