Showing posts from July, 2024

The Shot Heard Around the World

Even though many could see where all of this division and hatred in our country was leading to, when we witness the actual violence, realty once again floods in and has a way of shattering the comfort of our complacency, if only until the next headline. Some may find all of this shocking, others may see it simply validating their own fears. Regardless, of your political views, we have to take into account what this level of violence can do not only to the former President and his family, but what does to the state of our entire Nation. Yesterday as news broke of former President Donald Trump being shot, I can’t say that I was entirely surprised. Saddened, but not surprised. Regardless of your political stance, this act of violence is a dark reminder of the dangerous consequences of a society steeped in hate and division. Our collective heartbreak should not be about politics, but about the division and hatred that fuels this erosion of our humanity. We live in a time where traditional

Learning to Cut to the Chase

  Learn to Cut to the Chase This is a lost art now-a-days. Yes, of course, sometimes you have to ‘play the game’ so to speak. You know, like a several course, fancy dinner, you have to know what utensil to use. The salad fork, the fork for the main meal, the big & little spoons, the tiny ones too! There’s a lot to it sometimes. Other times you’re going through the drive through window of a fast food restaurant using a spork or simply your fingers. Know what I’m talking about right?! There’s a time to go through all of the paces, jump through the hoops, and there’s a time to… Cut to the Chase! This is true with conflict and most any other interaction we have when working with people. Sometimes it’s best to skirt around things other times get right to the point. It can be difficult to cut to the chase in a productive way. This takes courage and a fair amount of tact to do it well. It also take practice. Lots and lots of practice! If you tend to be ‘gun shy’ this may be very difficult

Paul Revere's Ride

  I hope you have a great holiday weekend. Some good time spent with your family and friends undoubtedly! Take  a moment or two to remember and honor what this weekend is really all about.  In that spirit, I thought I'd share with you Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous poem... Paul Revere's Ride By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 1807-1882  Listen, my children, and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive Who remembers that famous day and year. He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town to-night, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light,— One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country-folk to be up and to arm.” Then he said “Good night!” and with muffled oar Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore, Just as