General stuff

The gold-plated rule

Regardless of your religion, you’ve surely heard a version of this Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  I bet  you agree that this “gold standard” of behavior is a good idea.  A society is more civilized if most people follow it.  But dang… it sure is hard to live up to!…

The fish of 10,000 casts

I’m chasing the sunset on a 737 headed back to San Jose.  I just spent some quality time with my dad and brothers on our annual fishing trip in northern Indiana.  While I thoroughly enjoyed scooting around Lake Webster looking for muskies, I couldn’t shake the feeling of déjà vu.  It’s been exactly a year…

Giving up is hard to do

I recently heard a friend say “I’ve been through a rough couple of weeks… sometimes I feel like just giving up.”  His comment really got my attention.  The urge to stop pushing forward in the face of adversity is human nature and I bet you’ve felt that way at times too.  So what really keeps…

Royal pain

I’m trying to figure out why the upcoming royal wedding between William and Kate is bothering me.  I respect cultural traditions and don’t mind them being kept alive. And I love that the British royal family does a lot of work for charity.  It’s just the concept of being “royal” in the first place that…

Up in the air

I was at Big Bear ski resort when I learned the proper way to get on a chair lift for three. Line up at the first red line; wait for the chair to swing around in front; and then do the quick shuffle walk up to the second red line. The next chair will gently…

Second seat on the left

I visited a friend in the hospital last night.  Tom Rosten was in a serious car accident and is in serious condition as I write this.  He was hooked up to all the tubes and wires and monitors that ICU has to offer. He was unable to speak but the nurse assured me he could…

My brother’s keeper

When you catch a fish big enough to take home, that’s called a keeper.  When you hear a bit of advice that’s big enough to take to heart, that’s a keeper too. In the midst of my brother Jeff’s battle with Multiple Myeloma, he uttered a keeper today. We were talking about what keeps him…

Men of a certain rage

I just watched President Obama’s speech at the memorial service for those who died in the Arizona shooting.  I like that he celebrated the heroes who stepped up to prevent more killing.  I like the way he called out each victim as an individual, and then collectively as a cross-section of America. And I appreciate…

Put me on survivor

The tribe has spoken. The winner of this season’s Survivor is… David Goad!  Wouldn’t it be cool to hear those words?  I’ve been watching this reality show since Sue’s rambling Rat and Snake speech in season one.   I know it’s basically the same formula each season with a few twists, but I find it interesting…