The Narrows and the Shallows

The NARROWS Their line of sight is narrow They can only think in one direction They can never back up. They can not Re-chart. Re-tool. They only talk to each other. They only listen to each other. They only listen on rare occasions, always keen to positions that match their stance. They only know whatContinue reading “The Narrows and the Shallows”

50 Shades of Patriotism

So if you’re looking for some steamy story in this blog, you will be disappointed. The inspiration for this blog was the following observaton: An oversized pick up (mint condition without a speck of dust having never done a day of gritty manual labor) came roaring by (wasting gas using up what remains of ourContinue reading “50 Shades of Patriotism”

Give credit where credit is due

When it comes to what Democrats and Progressives do and what they get credit for, there appears to be a disconnect that hurts them at the voting booth. Got me to thinking there should be a 3 column litmus test to match up the following: What they accomplish What they get credit for Who theyContinue reading “Give credit where credit is due”

The Boiling Point

We’ve all heard the story of the frogs in the pot of water that gradually gets so hot that it boils them and they miss the opportunity to hop out of the pot, Got me to thinking…there’s all sorts of pots that are heating up to the point of no return if we are notContinue reading “The Boiling Point”

Beware the UNDERTOW

As an avid swimmer and swim instructor, I have a healthy appreciation for the danger of undertow. But we need to beware of the other types of undertows: In the office…. The boss and upper management announce policies and procedures expecting enthusiastic implementation. Beware the undertow of staff who are not on board. The newContinue reading “Beware the UNDERTOW”

Cashing Out

I was thinking of the following riddle the other day: Question: What do you call it when you die pennyless? Answer: Good timing This also remined me of the February anniversary of my fathers death some years ago when he died basically of old age at 93. He had a good life, survived WW2, workedContinue reading “Cashing Out”

I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!

With the passing of the anniversary of the 2021 insurrection (riot or whatever you want to call it) at the U.S. Capitol, I wanted to draw a comparison of myself and those who participated that day. My characteristics, my circumstances: I’m facing over 25 years of college loan payments. I will probably be dead longContinue reading “I’m hurting, angry AND I’m a patriot!”

Why do we hate each other so?

We connect on so may levels, enjoying laughs, sharing stories. I tell my mall stories based on 15 years as a mall cop Neighborhood pals, high school and college buddies share hilarious tales and hijinks. Every conversation starts with the phrase “remember the time when”. We end up toasting to good times and pledging toContinue reading “Why do we hate each other so?”

How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters

I describe myself as a tough-love Democrat. Tough because I seek fiscal austerity, consequences for wrong doing (do the crime, do the time), and efficiency in program implementation (cut out the waste) Love because I want everybody to be fed so they don’t starve, clothed so they don’t freeze, patched up when they get sickContinue reading “How “tough-love” Democrats can recapture voters”

Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites

The growing number of outlandish conspiracy theories and factual inaccuracies (aka fake news) prompted me to list some responses that I present for consideration and further discussion. I propose a multi-tier level of responses ranging from conciliatory to debatable to “oh hell no, that’s crazy talk”. Conciliatory and empathetic: “You sound like you have aContinue reading “Speaking & Listening In The Age of Sound Bites”