“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is growth. If we do not invest in our personal and spiritual growth, it is the same as dying. Before we seek growth in others, we need to commit to it in ourselves.

Being “That” Guy

As I write this, today is my wedding anniversary. Well, to be more specific, it is the wedding anniversary of my FIRST marriage.

I never thought I would be the “that” guy who would get divorced; The “usual” reasons for divorce (so I thought at the time) didn’t apply to me. My marital oaths are gospel in my eyes; I work hard, don’t stray, financially astute, no drugs, lightweight drinker, pleasant sense of humor. Now I’m ugly as a dog’s butt, but I figure if I got a girl to accept my marriage proposal, I had to assume looks wouldn’t be high on her priority list.

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A Return to Writing… Something

It has been a while since I have posted anything on this personal blog.  Along with countless millions, I have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and my energy has been focused intently on my business and the health and safety of my family and co-workers.  But as I settle back into a routine, I felt the tug to put something out here.  While this blog doesn’t receive a lot of traffic, that’s never been a goal of mine.  Sure, I love it when people read something I’ve written, but I’m not motivated enough to focus any attention there.  Besides, I feel like blogging is a dying form of social media.  But try as I might, I can’t find another platform that works for me, so here I am. 

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Managing Remote Staff
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Managing Remote Staff

As soon as the COVID-19 outbreak reached the United States, I implemented a voluntary Work-From-Home policy to ensure the health and safety of our staff, as well remain productive in a chaotic economic situation.  While my company has long had a liberal work remote policy, most of our staff still comes into the office.  This literally changed overnight and as all the self-quarantine lengthened, I worried about the ability of the department management to remain efficient and engaged with work responsibilities.  With that in mind, I added some training in my company to aid management for oversight of remote staff.  I put some information below as it may be a help to others as we move through this crisis.

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Reflections of A Strange Ten Year Anniversary

On February 16th, 2010, my wife DJ and I were home from work early to meet with a representative for repairs on the house. In the preceding weeks, DJ had a few doctor appointments to follow up on some inconclusive ultrasounds during a breast exam, but we were not unduly concerned. Similar situations had happened in the past, with no adverse outcomes. My wife has always been conscientious about her health and wellness, maintaining regular doctor visits, watching what she ate, and exercising regularly. As our repair meeting was ending, DJ received a call on her cell phone. She walked to another part of the house to take the call in private while I finished up with the repairman. (more…)

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A Conscientious Fan’s Dilemma

A few days ago, this popped up on my news feed:

This is an issue for me. I’m a diehard Cubs fan, but I’m also adamantly opposed to destructive and polarizing policies of this current Trump administration. So how do I reconcile these now diametrically opposed beliefs? I love my Cubs, but also I despise Donald Trump as he lies and divides this country, tearing it down piece by piece.

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