Start Young & Pay Attention

Last Thursday, I saw a tweet that was tagged, #tbt and not knowing what it meant, asked my social media savvy daughter, Elissa to fill me in.

It was then I first learned about Throw Back Thursday….tweeting a photo from years gone by. Since then, I have seen the tag in lots of tweets.

Where have I been? Was I not paying attention? Image 2

So, here is my photo for this week’s #tbt. Maybe it was here, back in 1963 that I first had my love of reading nurtured.

Thanks Dad. (Who by the way has read more paperback books in his life than anyone I know)

My only regret these days is that the shelves in my library are filled to the brim and I find myself opting for “e-Books” on the iPad….not nearly as comforting and it precludes me from writing (with a fountain pen, of course) on the inside cover, my name, the date I bought or was given the book and the reason why?….my ritual of new books.

Also, in keeping with reading, here is a saying that I tweeted last night, but is worthy of mentioning again.

“… Just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.” -Bl. John XXIII
courtesy of @UofDallas

So, what are you reading?

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Technology Is Not Wisdom

I have been sitting on ths article for about two weeks since my buddy Ron gave it to me to read.

Take a few minutes and read it and ponder it’s message.

Technology is not wisdom

“What does it matter that millions of American students can communicate across thousands of miles instantly with their iPads and iPhones if a poorly educated generation increasingly has little to say?” enhanced-buzz-25638-1264616371-45

by Victor Davis Hanson

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The Brick

A young and successful
executive was traveling down a neighborhood street,
going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was
watching for kids darting out from between parked
cars and slowed down when he thought he saw

As his car passed, no children appeared.
Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door!
He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to
the spot where the brick had been thrown.
The angry driver then jumped out of the
car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up
against a parked car shouting, ‘What was that all about and who are you?
Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that
brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why
did you do it?’

The young boy was apologetic.
‘Please, mister…please, I’m sorry but I didn’t
know what else to do,’ He pleaded. ‘I threw the
brick because no one else would stop….’ With tears
dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth
pointed to a spot just around a parked car.. ‘It’s my
brother, ‘he said ‘He rolled off the curb and fell
Out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him

Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, ‘Would you please help
me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and
he’s too heavy for me.’

Moved beyond words, The driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling
lump in his throat… He hurriedly lifted the
handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took
Out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh
scrapes and cuts. A quick look told him everything
was going to be okay. ‘Thank you and may God bless
you,’ the grateful child told the stranger. Too
shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy
push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk
toward their home..

It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very
noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair
the dented side door. He kept the dent there to
remind him of this message: ‘

Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to
get your attention!’

Thanks, David.

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Right, On So Many Levels

Below is a panel I pulled off of

Here is the link to the full article. Kurt is one of my blogging mentors and if you are not familiar with his combination of whit, wisdom and musical expertise, do yourself a favor….read him.

It pains me to admit it, but this is what my world has recently become….about as frustrating as it gets for me, one who leans towards decisive action, but no longer has the authority.

One of my sisters used to work for AT&T. (but I suppose you can insert almost any company)
She was a manager.
I asked “What do managers do there?”
She responded, “Go to meetings”
“And what do you do at those meetings?” I queried
“We talk about what we discussed at the last meeting and plan for what we will talk about at the next meeting”


Maybe that is one of the reasons that little AT&T campus (mini-city) in Basking Ridge, NJ now shows “Verizon” on the sign? (love the comments….”they have good cell service there”)

Anyway….I just could not let this go by without sharing.


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No need to add comentary.

No need to add comentary.

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Another Lead

So, what are you reading this week?

Opening paragraphs:

“This is my second book on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first having been Roosevelt’s Secret War, a history of FDR and World War II espionage published in 2004. Both that book and the present work reflect a lifelong fascination, as a New Yorker growing up during the Roosevelt years, with this endlessly provacative figure.

The present theme, the women who figured prominently in Roosevelt’s life, was prompted by my conviction that their influence was decisive. They formed and reveal him. However resistant this largely inscrutable man is to decipherment, he cannot begin to be understood without examining te shaping hand of his mother, wife, one true love and other women who satisfied FDR’s deep-seated need for adulation, admiration, approval and respite from the crushing burdens of his office. They provided oxygen to his soul. To study the man largely through his male associates, however key- Louis Howe, Harry Hopkins, Sam Roseman, Henry Morgenthau and his involvment with the leaders of the twentieth century- yields an incomplete picture. It is no coincidence that present with FDR at Warm Springs, Georgia, on the day he died were three close women companions.”

The opening to Franklin and Lucy, President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life. by Joseph E. Persico.

What prompted me to purchase this book was reading about it on The Accidental Cootchie Mama Blog.

What caught my attention was that as I was reading her post, I could look out my office window and see the rays from the rising sun bathe the historic, Wilcox Inn which I know will play a big role in the book.

I got in the first two chapters yesterday afternoon, (after finishing Ms. Watkin’s eclectic To Live Forever. An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis).

I’ll finish Franklyn and Lucy later this week as I fly to and from Milwaukee.

I am acquainted with several of Miss Lucy’s decendants and familiar with many of the stories of the relationship. It will be interesting to see how this book, written in 2008 will line up along some of the local lore.

The point however, is you never know where you will find a good book…as long as you do not stop looking.

Remember, you will be the same person in five years that you are today, except for the people you associate with and the books you read.

So I ask again, what are you reading this week?

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Yes, More

I am happy to report that I had to look up “Honey Boo Boo” to know what it is.

I think we can all use a bit more Mayberry in our lives…I know I can.


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