June 15, 2016

Virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. (George Washington, 1st president of the United States) In the confusion of this election year, we would do well to heed Washington’s advice. It’s often difficult to evaluate public...

Spider Webs

Our woods’ road is about four or five feet wide, and ambitious spiders create webs to cross it. Spider webs can be beautiful to look at, but not much fun to walk through—especially when bugs get in your face and web in your hair. Job...

June 14, 2016

The only way to have a friend is to be one. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, 19th century American essayist and poet) Sometimes in our very active, fast-paced society it seems very difficult to find a friend—someone we can trust and share very private...

#12 – Transfer Trauma

I’ll always remember how I first met my wife… Beverly shoved the picture of her daughter in my face, “Next time you’re in town you should take out my daughter, Cynthia.”   I shrugged my shoulders. “Sure, why not?”   I was the Dodge...

June 13, 2016

Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him. (Wayne Dyer, self-help, best-selling author) Dyer’s observation is worth thinking about. Too often we blame our failures or mistakes on “the circumstances.” Less frequently we credit our successes...

June 12, 2016

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. (Benjamin Franklin, 18th century patriot, inventor, and writer) Noted both for his wise counsel in political affairs and his practical wisdom as reflected in his writings, Franklin’s comment here...

June 11, 2016

It’s a good thing to learn early that other people’s opinions do not matter unless they happen to be true. (Phyllis Bottome, 20th century British novelist and short story writer) How important are other people’s opinions to you? Often we seem to...

June 10, 2016

People don’t do what you expect but what you inspect. (Louis V. Gerstner, Jr, American businessman) Many have discovered this truth through bad experiences. We’ve asked someone to do something for us, and we expected them to do it. Asking once...

June 9, 2016

We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time. (Aristotle, 4th century B.C. Greek philosopher) There is such a thing as...

#11 – Striking Out

Back in the early ‘80s, Toyota sales were very strong. Most domestic dealers had a 90-day supply of cars and trucks in stock. If a domestic dealer sold 50 units a month he would carry an inventory of 150 units in stock. But Toyota dealers in the...

June 8, 2016

Those [persons who] are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. (Plato, classical Greek philosopher) A lot of attention is focused on politics during this election year in the U.S., and some are...

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