Affluence and Influence…

Affluence and Influence…While philosophically we could argue that Knowledge is Power, in this day and age it would seem more consistently true that Money is Power. And we could choose to wish and believe that the following chain of comma...nd is undeniable: Those who have Knowledge, earn the Money that garners the Power. But for better or worse, life and experiences have taught me that this would-be esteemed triumvirate of Knowledge, Money and Power is not the honored and impressive triad we would want and wish for. As often as not, those with money are dangerously reckless, and those with...
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Speak up or Shut up?

Speak up or shut up?   It can be a daunting question to say the least.  When are we safely within our rights and within a realm that would warmly welcome our sage like insights and input?  And when are we in that No Go Zone that should have caution tape and flashing red lights around even the notion that our thoughts or opinions might be welcomed?  And to complicate matters further, under what circumstances do we throw caution to the wind and put our thoughts and feelings out there simply because it’s important to do so and forego the...
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Thanks for nothing!

Thanks for nothing!   For much as I am loathe to admit it, we all seem to fall into that state of mind so easily these days.  Where notions of want, scarcity and a focus on everything we lack over all that we love seem to hold unreasonable sway over our hearts and minds.  It’s almost as though modern society with all of its relentless suggestions toward everything we need and simply MUST have, locks us in a covetous vice grip that only the most deeply soulful and self-aware people manage to avoid or escape.  It is so dreadfully easy...
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Ready or not, here it comes.....!

I’m honestly not sure when Halloween became such a big damn deal. Now this isn’t a miserly comment, but rather a truly curious one. When I was a kid we bought those Halloween costumes that came in a simple b...ox. Character of choice with cheap plastic mask included. In the here and now, people dress their dogs in more elaborate costumes than we wore and I’m not even kinda kidding. These days it would seem that most parents contact the American Actors Guild and hire a wardrobe consultant in order to properly attire their offspring. And proper Halloween attire seems...
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Where have all the good men gone?

Where have all the good men gone? Now lest you think I am taking a bizarre foray into some commentary on the state of dating, match making and the like, allow m...e to assure you that I am leaving such things to the impressive panel of experts on reality TV. This query is around my occasionally desperate pursuit of true, noble, and effective leaders which seem to be as rare and illusive as black eyed tree frogs. (Yes, I had to look up the world’s most endangered species.) In truth, my interest is a universal one that applies to both...
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HELP is a four letter word.

HELP is a four letter word…I can’t claim to know what percentage of people suffer from this affliction, but I know it isn’t just me. The affliction that through some warped logic would have us bleed to death before asking for a single Ba...nd Aid, starve to death before asking for so much as a pack of Skittles, or exhaust ourselves physically, mentally or emotionally before we would utter a whimper for anything that even hints of help from others. The irony is that often times those who are most averse to asking for help find the greatest joy in...
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What's your worth?

What’s your worth?   An intriguing question for many of us and quite likely the first things which come to mind are notions of income, equity, balance sheets, bonuses, investments and a rock solid 401k. But in honor of Father’s Day, I would love to brave a bit of a discussion on embracing a worth, more true, more noble, more satisfying and infinitely more essential than our financial fortunes. A man’s greatest worth will never lie anywhere more precious or meaningful than with his family. The woman he loves, the children he is an example to, and the priorities he...
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What’s happened to our manners!?!

 Now this in not intended as a rant espousing Emily Post style etiquette on society at large.  But the disturbing reality that I seem to be bumping up against with alarming frequency is that we no longer eve...n have a handle on the basics.  For as much as we could all use some awareness around dilemmas such as which fork to use or which bread plate exactly is ours, it would seem our civilities have eroded to a level as remedial as “please” and “thank you.”  To be sure the absence of please and thank you is most noticeable in...
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Take your time, hurry up.

“Take your time, hurry up… The choice is yours, don’t be late.”  For those of you who grew up with the same musical influences as I did you will quickly recognize these contradiction filled words as belonging to Kurt Cobain.  Whether grung...e rock was your thing or not, music…real music, is present day poetry.  Music tends to be where we find the words that resonate with something restless or wondering in our soul.  And at times we need to hear the music, the poetry before we even realize that THAT song, is our song.  For some reason we all seem...
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The Perfect Punch

Okay, so I should admit right off the bat that this post is really an exercise of trying to sweat it out with conflicting philosophies. It’s like I’m about to air my battling beliefs and survival of the fittest will dete...rmine which set of principles will come away victorious. Let the games begin… On the far side of the arena is the part of me that holds fast to being a recovering perfectionist. I am sold out to the belief that perfectionism is at best a fools’ errand and at worst, is a precipice that dangles us over the jagged...
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