How to destroy the debilitating effects of (gulp!) ignorance within

Ignorance is debilitating. Being ignorant does not mean a person is stupid or unintelligent. It simply refers to knowledge not possessed, like a little child who is ignorant of how to drive a car. I myself am ignorant of a great many things, including international macroeconomics, internal medicine, and my way around the kitchen. However, Read More

Messing around in a small town

Chapman Quarries is the smallest incorporated borough in Pennsylvania, with a population in the 2010 census of 199 people. It’s where my dad’s family was established, and where his dad, granddad, and nearly all his male relatives worked the slate quarries. While I didn’t grow up in town, that’s where church was and where my Read More

Live what you believe

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to live the difference-making life of an effective leader. Your gallant acts in the workplace will be challenged by cynics, skeptics, scoffers and mockers. So what. Your bold morality is exactly what’s needed to lift the humdrum to the superb, the ordinary to extraordinary, and the dream Read More

Blazing brilliantly for the best

During one of the seemingly annual debilitating October snowstorms in my area, a branch fell across the power lines outside my house and caught on fire.  As we gazed, the blaze soon fired the wire itself, then ran with it all the way to the transformer at the edge of our property. An immediate and Read More

Meanwhile, chasing the dream…

One of my dreams is to act in a film with my hero, Kermit the Frog. I love his natural optimism and team leadership as he artfully leaps from mayhem to mishap with his company of “frogs and dogs and bears and chickens and things” in pursuit of their dreams. In The Muppet Movie, they Read More

Brains are like cars

Brains are like the cars we ride When put in gear and driven; The highest peak or loneliest stretch Is climbed and conquered, striven. But fuel they need, and ignition too, Or far they will not go; Nor accomplish much on Life’s long trip But waiting for a tow. ‘Cause brains not used are like Read More

Starting things

Full disclosure: I never went to kindergarten. It didn’t exist in my rural township in those dark, early days soon after the ice sheet had receded from North America. And so I never learned all those things that people learn in kindergarten: Things like… like… Hmm. Maybe that’s the problem right there. In the late Read More