Do I Have Your Word ?

“Words are the building blocks of our existence, 
they reflect the integrity of their creator.”

I think it was 34 years ago this month that we made the purchase.  I had always admired the property.  It was on a corner lot with a large yard, a deck that wrapped around the house and a stream running through the back of the property.  However, its best feature was the location.  Standing on the front lawn, it looked to be about 200 yards to the pin (It’s actually 227). 

Things That Last

“Some things don’t last forever,
but some things do”  – Sarah Dessen

I’m currently reading Wright Thompson’s, Pappyland, a delightful book that chronicles how Julian Van Winkle III, the third-generation caretaker of arguably the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, Pappy Van Winkle, protected his family’s legacy and preserved the taste of his family’s namesake product; quite a feat in a world where authenticity is in limited availability.

My son introduced me to the book.  We were sitting at the beach and as he closed it said, You might want to read this Dad. 

Are You Feeling the Burn(out)?

“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger!

Even seven years later,I remember it well.  It was unlike anything else I had ever felt.  I was sitting at my desk preparing a presentation while simultaneously taking phone calls, monitoring email and trying to come to grips with a recent shift in the tone of the office environment.  Add to that issues and new responsibilities undertaken outside of work, and the groundwork was set.  I remember feeling my heart pounding as I sat there. 

Come Together

“Coming together is the beginning.  Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success!
 –   Henry Ford

The opening track on the Beetle’s 1969 release, Abbey Road is entitled, “Come Together”.  Written by John Lennon, the song was conceived as a sign of Lennon’s political support for the writer, psychologist and pro-drugs activist Timothy Leary in his bid to stand against Ronald Reagan as Governor of California.  The song was to be a rallying cry for people to come together in support of Leary’s campaign. 

Bigger Than Yourself


“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have!”  – N.V Peale

Four years ago, one of my most vivid vacation memories was sitting on the beach and watching a full moon light the Nantucket Sound.  Everything glowed in the bright moonlight and even the dune grasses seemed to shimmer.  The only sound to be heard was that of small waves finishing their journey to the shoreline.  I did a lot of thinking and reflection that evening. …