A 15-Month Semester: Lessons Learned from Difficulty

We’ve lived through 15 months of lessons and tension. What have we learned on the other side of the pandemic?   On April 18, 2020, I (naively) wrote an article called “Decisions, Decisions: What To Do When It Is Over? It described what I thought it would be like when the virus and its threat abated.   I only missed the target [...]

By |2021-05-12T14:24:08-05:00May 12th, 2021|Reflections|2 Comments

A Shot in the Arm: A Book About the Science Behind the Vaccine

On March 11, 2021, I sat in a shrouded cubicle where a nurse took a needle and pierced my upper arm. It was no ordinary shot. It gave freedom from concern, from restriction, and from a disease that had killed more than died in the war in Viet Nam.   On that day, the "stuff" in that syringe entered my body, and [...]

By |2021-04-25T17:55:34-05:00April 25th, 2021|Books|0 Comments

Change and Decay…The Rhythm of a Growing Life

It’s spring. For many, spring’s announcement is the appearance of flowers and the greening of grass. For me, it is piles and piles of brown leaves. My Texas Live Oak trees shed leaves in the spring leaving behind the growth that provides respite from the summer sun’s assault. This year the Texas freezer week in February stripped branches at one time. We [...]

By |2021-03-26T20:17:52-05:00March 26th, 2021|Personal Change|0 Comments

Where Do We Go a Year Later? Using Wayfinding to Navigate the Times

The past year left us with a problem. What are we going to do now?   Washington Irving wrote the story of a man who goes to sleep only to wake 20 years later. He discovered he missed so much, such as the American Revolution. He lived in a different world than the one he left.   His name was Rip Van [...]

By |2021-03-12T19:17:52-06:00March 12th, 2021|Reflections|0 Comments

The Thought That Changes Tomorrow

  Tomorrow, Tomorrow, I’ll love ya tomorrow, it’s only a day away. -From the musical Annie- Tomorrow. We bet on it. Free time sprouts. Problems vanish. Life relaxes. More money. More friends. Weigh less. The problem is tomorrow never comes. It only arrives in the disguise of today. A hamburger joint hung a sign designed to draw customers. It read, “Free burgers [...]

To Sow Joy, Plant…

Scott Thompson's family has farmed the Wisconsin soil for over 70 years. He usually plants strawberries. Then, in the fall, he grows raspberries and pumpkins. This year, his crop looked different. He planted joy. You can't plant joy, but you can plant sunflowers. Thompson planted 22 acres of sunflowers. Thompson Strawberry Farm attracted families who picnic, wander fields of florals, and take [...]

By |2021-02-08T12:46:33-06:00February 8th, 2021|Life Observations, Reflections|3 Comments

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 [...]

Goodbye 2020…Look Forward to 2021

Tick…. Tick…. Tick… The clock counts down to midnight to close out the weird year 2020. For most, it is something to forget. It’s essential, though, to start a new year better after such a challenging year. We should take our cue from the Romans, who created a god to express what we all feel. He had two faces. One looked backward, [...]

By |2020-12-31T18:03:26-06:00December 31st, 2020|Life Observations|0 Comments
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