06/22/15 – Desiderata


Regarding the terrible events that took place in South Carolina, I will just say that this kid is as dumb as dumb can be and there are just too many other kids and adults just like him. Plus, I understand in China parents are treated like their children. If the children earn respect, than the parent is accorded that same level of respect. If the child deserves no respect or worse, so is the fate of the parents. So why did the parents permit this dummy to be so darn dumb. I suspect he could have been stopped way sooner, when he was very young if the parents did a respectable job of raising their little monster. This was a crime against all people of good will. I have no forgiveness in me for acts this terrible against innocent people just trying to be good people.


Unrelated to the above, I learned Friday that a good friend of mine died that morning.  He was Bryant Greene and he was extraordinary in every sense of the word because he was simply one of the best people you could ever hope to meet.  Consequently, this week’s posting is going to be different and I will return to the usual format next week.

Here is a department photo taken a long time ago of us celebrating meeting our department goal for the year.  Interestingly, Bryant (the fellow on the right) wasn’t part of our department, but he was such a good friend to all of us and helped us to reach our goal that he had to be including in our photo.

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I thought Bryant was such an excellent example of what leadership should be like, that I named one of the bosses in the film “Smokers Choice” – Bryant Greene.  

In another film, “Perceptions”, Bryant actually played the boss in the film.

Bryant Conference Rm 2

In “Perceptions”, we actually held table top rehearsals; however, the film never received much play.

Bryant Greene

But it was still fun to make a film and we had a few back yard celebrations.

Bryant Greene

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Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Source: Max Ehrmann, Desiderata


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Week 50: Marriage/Life Partners

Since Saturday was Valentine’s Day, which is a celebration of romance, I thought Marriage/Life Partners would be an appropriate topic.

If you would like to know more about Valentine’s Day, check it out on Wikipedia at:


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Harry was very excited about his upcoming marriage.

As Harry was leaving the office, his boss came over to him and said, “congratulations Harry, I just wanted to tell you I’ve been married for twenty years, and I am sure that you will always remember this day as the happiest day of your life.”

Harry, “a little bit confused, said; “But sir, I’m not getting married until tomorrow!” “

“Yeah, I know”, said the boss.



The choice of a life partner is one of the most important factors on whether you will or will not become extraordinary.

And since this post is associated with Valentine’s Day, I certain don’t wish to discourage young love, but please keep in mind that people change a lot from their teens to their mid-30s, so the best advice I can offer for youth is to at least try to grow together; otherwise, I fear you will grow apart.

By the mid-30s, you pretty much know what you are getting.  If the person has financial problems, spotty work history or substance abuse problems; odds are that will continue.  Of course, there are always exceptions; but nothing is so ordinary as believing you have found the exception.

Be extraordinary by finding someone you respect and encourage and who in turn will respect and encourage you..





The heart has its reasons

of which reason knows nothing.

Source: Blaise Pascal


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Since the focus of this week’s blog is romance, I hope some of you find the book If Love is a Game, These are the Rules helpful.  



Again, since the focus of this week’s blog posting is romance, I thought I would suggest The Princess Bride.  


I recall seeing this classic film on the big screen at the fabulous Redford Theater.


If you would like to learn more about this theater that opened on January 27, 1928, please check out on wikipedia 


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