That’s What I Am

A problem solver, that’s me.  (unfortunately, I create most of my own problems)

When people tell me “you’re going to regret that in the morning”, I sleep till noon because I’m a problem solver.

…thanks to Jim Dupont, a classmate from WHRHS, ’78.



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Effective Advertising

IMG_1239While in Pittsburgh, PA on business, I spied this simple advertisement taped on the inside of the hotel elevator.

Since I have been known to enjoy an “Old Fashioned,” like black cherries, but had never thought of  combining the two, I could not resist.

Not that resisting was ever an option anyway.

Thank you to whoever it was that invented the Maker’s Mark Black Cherry Old Fashioned.

I’ll be searching for that recipe once I get home.

A beautiful coming together of flavors as I closed out a productive day.  Cheers.


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Well, Do You? (Opening Paragraphs)

shutupOpening Paragraph:

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who made her point but just had to add a few other comments before letting it go? Or listened to a speaker who said,”In closing” about five times before he literally closed? Annoying, isn’t it? It’s also counterproductive.

From Do You Know How To Shut Up (and 51 other life lessons that will make you uncomfortable), by Michael Staver.

Monday commences with a 6am flight on American Airlines and I  figured that would be a good opportunity to re-read this book.

I’ve gotten to know Mike over the years, having worked with him in arranging  funeral services for two of his family members and making a few business introductions/recomendations on his behalf.  I first mentioned Mike here, What’s One Tenth of a Second Worth?

Mike is a smart, funny guy who uses stories from his own life to create his dynamic style.

Go to Mike’s website or search for Mike on YouTube.


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It’s About Fred

tortoiseHere is a short story about Fred:

Miracle, All Of It.

My initial reaction was that it might be banal, but it took just a few seconds  for me to connect and it concluded  with a few tears.  (Tears of now appreciating  something I had rarely contemplated)

Some days, I would consider trading places with Fred.

Thanks David. Geat find.

Note: This story also reminded me of the many times back in the 1960’s that my family visited  the famed Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, NJ where I had the opportunity to ride on these magnificent creatures.

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I Hate When That Happens

I  hate when this happens, but I’m glad it’s never happened to me.

Here is the link to the story: Body in stolen hearse found dumped in  Brazos County (TX) ; two in custody.


Apparently a photo of a deceased on a cot that was pulled from the back of the Suburban and discarded on the side of the road.  The world gets crazier every day.

There is no reason for something like this to happen and it appears that the driver did not use common sense in this situation.

I suppose Mr. Stackhouse’s vacation was cut short.

For the record, it was not a hearse, but a Chevy Suburban, which  are often used as transport vehicles, especially in rural areas that require rugged  “off-road” travel.

Most criminals will stay away from a hearse as it stands out, (and also often has a body in it).

A Suburban on the other hand. . .

A little bit of caution and common sense can go a long way.


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It’s Cool To Blame Them

The new, default excuse:


My guess is they are not responsible for this either.

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IMG_0972.JPG“The longer I live, the more faith I have in Providence, and the less faith in my interpretation of Providence.”       Jeremiah Day


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