The Plimsoll Line: The Case for Quitting

In the 1860s, the merchant marine fleet of England suffered many losses. Ships sank in record numbers. Many sank in the harbor. It fell to Samuel Plimsoll, a young naval officer, to spot the problem. As long as a ship had space, cargo kept coming. Soon, the weight pushed the keel lower until it sank beneath the waterline. Plimsoll had the solution, [...]

By |2021-01-26T19:20:13-06:00January 26th, 2021|Life Observations, Personal Change, Reflections|0 Comments

Putting Out a Smoldering Fire: A President’s Way of Dissipating Anger

All of us sit on a powderkeg of emotions. The worst of all is anger. Anger throws bricks through windows. It speeds up behind another driver, draws a gun, and starts shooting. It slaps a wife, batters children, and burns forests. It holds a keyboard as it types bitter all-cap letters into Twitter or Facebook. Harsh words wound. All are the results [...]

Keeping Lives and Hearts Clean: Be The Keeper of the Spring

Is there a keeper of the spring in your life? Perhaps you need to heed the counsel of a Scottish preacher named Peter Marshall. Marshall had a gift. His Scottish brogue did more than enchant. It allowed him to communicate relevant ideas. His post-war generation was so different, yet so much the same as ours. “The Keeper of the Spring” became one [...]

By |2020-09-21T20:26:23-05:00September 21st, 2020|Life Observations, Personal Change, Reflections|0 Comments

65 Lessons Learned in 65 Years

This is the year I received my official “old-man card” (aka Medicare). It arrived in the trail of gray hair, bifocals, and hearing loss. Such is life when you get to a certain age. The concept of an age at which things change is nothing new. The idea of retirement came from Otto Von Bismarck to rid himself of rivals and control [...]

Two Words to Make Sense of Uncertainty

We lost something when family farms closed, and farm kids went to college. Society changed in more than simple agriculture. We lost a way of thinking. While in college, I was the Sunday preacher for a little church in Noodle, TX. In that church, I got to know a cotton farmer. I learned more about life from him than the graduate courses [...]

By |2020-08-24T19:30:34-05:00August 24th, 2020|Personal Change, Reflections|2 Comments

Changing Times…and Aren’t They All?

On August 13, 1968, life changed.   My parents went to a strange place and signed papers. We then went to Paula Stringer Realtors office (no longer there) on Central Expressway and picked up a key. We drove to the place the key fit.   620 Kindred Lane in Richardson.   We opened the door to a two-story house, twice the size [...]

By |2020-08-10T19:26:29-05:00August 10th, 2020|Life Observations, Personal Change|0 Comments

Necessity is the Mother of Motivation

We’ve heard the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Plato, the ancient Greek philosopher, wrote those words in his Republic. They are correct, but I would like to suggest a corollary. On March 13, 2020, life lurched to a full stop. It felt like going 60 mph and shifting into reverse. You can imagine what that is like in an automobile. [...]

By |2020-05-18T21:01:13-05:00May 18th, 2020|Personal Change|8 Comments

Nail-biting Time: Living with Life’s Uncertainties

In this COVID-19 situation, people ask the same question? When. When will the virus be gone? When will our lives return to normal? Will I still have a job? Are restaurants and small businesses going to survive? All are questions longing for certainty.   People like certainty. We want to know food is available. They turn to the weatherman on the TV, [...]

An Explorer’s Survival Guide to the Darkness

Reputations grow around accomplishments. For one man, his reputation is for a single line, which he never spoke. “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” Henry Morton Stanley led an expedition up the Congo River in 1887. It was his third expedition. It became a disaster. Left alone, his men brutalized the Africans. Those they used for labor they let die from poison food and [...]

By |2020-03-27T10:29:09-05:00March 27th, 2020|Personal Change, Reflections|0 Comments

Maintaining Sanity Amid the Chaos of COVID-19

When COVID-19 (or as it was called then coronavirus) started rippling the news, I did not sound serious. After all, all media makes money by scaring people to death. I soon grew weary of breathless news anchors prophesying Armageddon. (I always thought that was the realm of end-times evangelicals.) But then, it did start getting serious. Doctors I knew and trusted seemed [...]

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