Note To Self

“Take some time to rest and recover. You don’t always have to be so busy, pushing yourself so hard. Step back and take care of yourself. Those moments of self-care will add value, energy purpose, and creativity to everything you do. Find a healthy balance and enjoy your life.”

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You cannot see your reflection in boiling water.

Similarly, you cannot see the truth in a state of anger.

When the water calms, clarity comes.


photo from Google images

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No = No = No

General Colin Powell

Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies.

It is all about people motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered.

-Colin Powell.

No leadership = No motivation = No retention


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Sunday Pipes #80

It has been over a month since I posted a “Sunday Pipes.”  My apologies.

I return with one of the most recognizabale pieces composed by the late, great J S Bach. . . .  BWV 565, aka  “The Tocatta & Fugue in D Minor”.

Performed herein, with authority,  by Jean-Baptiste Dupont on the organ Cavalle-Coll of the Basilica of St.Sernin, Toulouse, France.

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On The Blues

“You can have the blues one day because your woman leaves you.

You can have the blues the next day because she came back.”

-Willie Dixon

Blues singer, Beth Hart, tells the story of just such a woman. And to be fair, I’m sure there are just as many stories with the genders reversed.

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On The Pursuit of Happiness

“Happiness is a butterfly, when which pursued, is always beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

  • -Nathaniel Hawthorne
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On Truth & Music

Music isn’t extra.

Music isn’t additional.

Music isn’t discretionary.

Music isn’t an add on.

Music isn’t disposable

Music education is core.

It’s fundamental

It’s necessary.

It’s an irreplacable component of a holistic and meaningful education.

That’s what music is.

Vaughan Fleischfresser (@VFleischfresser)

Not a very Autumnal Day with a hurricane on the way here in Charleston, SC, but we have been listening to Vivaldi all day in our office and I wanted to share this:


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On Being Punctual

“Punctuality is the courtesy of kings,  the honor of a gentleman and the certain obligation of a man in business”

                                          -attributed to Roger Milliken

I’m noticing less and less attention to  punctuality and respecting another’s time.  Not all change is good

I currently work with a man who was a senior chemist for Mr.  Milliken and some of the stories, (us older guys love to tell stories 😊) are interesting and instructive.


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#TBT, Early Disaster Preparedness

Many of us grew up with these multi-use devices.  While their efficacy might be questioned today, we did enjoy the drills and took comfort in the promises that they would protect us.

I’m not sure how well they would  hold up if some structural steel came crashing down during an earthquake.  Some of the smart kids even thought that if there was a nuclear attack, the desk would melt us into a cocoon of sorts.

They were also used to write notes (in pencil)  to the cute girl that sat there next period.

Yet, we survived and grew into be hearty, productive citizens, (well most of us anyway)

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Relationship Advice, Chapter 13

The next time your wife gets angry, drape a towel over her shoulders (like a cape) and exclaim, “Now You are Super Angry!”

Maybe she will laugh

Maybe you will get hurt.


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