Category Archives: Commentary

Smell The Roses

Some thoughts today on transformation. I saw something the other day you don’t see very often. I watched a well dressed man stop abruptly, as if held by some invisible force. He was in a hurry, given his stride and determined pace, yet when he passed a public garden of blossoming roses the man suddenly stopped, put down his briefcase, and turned to face the beauty that bloomed there. There were probably sixty rose bushes each with eight to ten blossoms festooning the prickly stems.…

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A Pioneering Flight!

Johnny Miller died the other day. He was 102. He was born just two years after the Wright Brothers flew their historic flight. Miller had an extraordinary life in aviation. He learned to fly by teaching himself in a World War One Jenny and was proficient in Gyroplanes and many other aircraft culminating as a captain for Eastern Airlines flying jets. Even though he reached the century mark two years ago, Johnny Miller stayed as active as he could. A couple of years ago, when…

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Listening

Some thoughts today on listening. Listening is difficult for most people. We have somehow erroneously learned that the one who asserts, spouts or comments first is more likely to make a point, win an argument, or impress someone with alleged wit or wisdom. Accurate and truthful communication requires clarity and simplicity and it requires listening. It means stopping to hear with a receptive mind and then processing what you heard. It’s an unfortunate condition that most people only hear what they want to hear because…

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A Solitary Hike

Some thoughts tonight on a solitary hike up a steep mountain trail. It wasn’t just hard walking, it was climbing and clinging and grabbing as I ascended a difficult nearly verticle path. It was an intermittent misty and rainy day with a cool ambiance that more refreshed than chilled. Fog drifted up the climbing ledges in gossamer wafts of white and gray as the rain coated and washed the ascending trail into a slippery challange. Granite boulders, some the size of houses, festooned the path…

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