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My Shoes

Don't judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes.
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I was a bit too cocky at 14.  I often said things I shouldn’t have. I was told that being quick-witted was a blessing if I knew when to button my lip … and a curse of I didn’t. The guy that told me that was dead-on right. One afternoon before class (in junior high school) one of my teachers was sitting around with a few of us guys and we were just talking like guys do. For those of you ladies that have … Continue reading

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It’s Hard To Be A Hero

What makes a hero?
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“I bet you’ve never heard ole Marshal Dillon say Miss Kitty have you ever thought of running away Settling down will you marry me If I asked you twice and begged you pretty please   –Toby Keith, “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” It’s not easy being a hero these days. I think it was easier to be a hero back when James Arness played Dodge City’s Marshall Matt Dillon on the TV series “Gunsmoke,” which ran for an amazing 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975. Of … Continue reading

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Put People First

Keep Your Cool.
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I’m a big fan of U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy from South Carolina. His vocabulary, direct approach, and strict demeanor are all traits that translate to me a man of character and solidarity. He has the ability to ask the tough questions and say the unpopular thing that has to be said, no matter how uncomfortable it might make the other person or himself. I respect that as a man and I respect that as a professional. Saying the embarrassing thing or posing the uncomfortable … Continue reading

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The Art Of Recognizing Others

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Little acts of recognition go a long way.

I  had to go to a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital this week for some routine care. Most people have heard that the VA is being hammered right now nationally due to alleged dereliction and mishandling of duties at some facilities. So as I entered the facility, I had to wonder about the morale among the staff members who are there to help veterans. As I made my way down the hallway, I took notice of the many veterans, young … Continue reading

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Know Thyself

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Self knowledge is important.

We’re flawed because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.” — Don Draper of Mad Men My buddy Joe’s dad was a pretty cool guy. I didn’t know this but I had heard it. Joe talked about him in glowing terms and when I went to his house there were heads of elk, deer, bear and wild boar all over the recreation room walls. Joe’s dad was a hunter and clearly a tough guy and the head … Continue reading

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