A Mother’s Day Wish

May 8, 2016

I’d like to wish a wonderful Happy Mother’s Day to mom’s everywhere!

 

Looking back on 20 years without my mother…

I wish she could have seen her four grandchildren

I wish she could have been there for dad

I wish I would have been better as a kid

I wish I would have not taken her for granted

I wish I would have paid more attention

I wish I would have talked to her more

I wish I would have gotten to know here more as a person than as just my mom

I wish I would have cared more

I wish for all my friends who still have their mom’s they never take a moment for granted, because when it’s gone, it’s gone…

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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A New Career Goal?

The other day I was having coffee with a friend of mine who I haven’t seen in several months.  As we were catching up on things – friends, family, and careers, he made a statement I found quite profound.  He has been thinking about doing more consulting/advising on his own – “hang his own shingle out” so to speak, but he had some hesitation.

It was not that he couldn’t do the work, or was afraid of going on his own (he has been quite successful in several ventures), but simply this statement: “I only want to do the things I like to do with people I like to be around.”

His premise was that, although he could make a lot of money doing what he does in a more public way, when you go out and start “advertising” about what you do, you get a lot of calls and take a lot of meetings with people you don’t really care for asking you to do some things that you don’t really want to do.  Now, he can always say, no; but he doesn’t even want to bother with that process.

Now that’s a nice place to be in life…

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The $100,000 Glass Ceiling

A few years ago, when I entered the workforce,  $100,000 seemed like a lot of money, and it was.  But is it still?

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If you say something that’s not true in an ad is it a lie?

I was wondering – if you say something in an ad that is not true, does that make it a lie?

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Are Parents the Problem?

Parents. Geez.

I admit it.  I am a parent.

And I also want to say that the behavior of some of my parental peers is shameful.

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Are we focusing on the right problem?

What’s the problem here?

Healthcare spending as a percent of GDP is around 18%  Everyone is in an uproar. How can this be? We must fix this atrocity?  Both sides of the political aisle are wanting to reduce it.

Government spending is approaching 25% of GDP.  One side of the aisle is in an uproar.  We must reduce spending and the size of Government!!  The other side: Spending problem? What spending problem??

Hmmm….

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From Redistribution to Extinction

President Obama has stated he favors redistribution with the fundamental belief its purpose is to “give people a shot”.  That sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?  I mean, who doesn’t want people to have a “shot” at success? The problem is the logic is fundamentally flawed; and flawed on more than one level. Continue reading

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A favorite quote

This is one of my favorite quotes:

“Fortunate is the man who takes everything for the best and in all events and trials allows himself to be led by reason.  What usually makes others weep is, for him, a source of laughter, and in the midst of the world’s whirlwinds, he will find a lovely calm.”

– Lorenzo Da Ponte

It comes from an Opera by Mozart and da Ponte called Cosi Fan Tutte and was written in 1790.  To me it represents a pretty good guideline for living life…

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Responsibility Lost

There once was a time that we, or maybe more specifically men, felt they had certain responsibilities in life.  From opening the door for others to sacrificing personal gains, making sure the family was taken care of, to feeling the need to serve for their country.  Has this time past us forever?

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Doublecross

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The Trouble with Surveys

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but everywhere you look someone is taking a survey about something.  The most recent bit of news in Louisville has to do with the survey completed by consultants hired by the Jefferson County Public School system about the student assignment plan.  Not that getting opinions is a bad thing, but to think that surveying a thousand or so people represents the feelings of an entire population is a bit misleading. Continue reading

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Louisville’s Bridges

“A Bridge Too Far” may be a better description.  Tolls. No tolls.  East End. Downtown. Both.  Tunnels.  Will someone please make a decision!  But, unfortunately, it appears we are destined for mediocrity as this is studied ad infinitum. Continue reading

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