Phenomenal Women

"The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman." ~ Mexican Proverb I read this and had to chuckle as it is either a statement of profound wisdom or a proclamation made by the Mexican Ambassador to the Lollipop Guild upon seeing the legs and red shoes of the Wicked Witch of …

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Phenomenal Women

"The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman." ~ Mexican Proverb I read this and had to chuckle as it is either a statement of profound wisdom or a proclamation made by the Mexican Ambassador to the Lollipop Guild upon seeing the legs and red shoes of the Wicked Witch of …

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Quiet Courage

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." ~ Maya Angelou My father is a man of quiet courage. I've always admired his graciousness and desire to help others, his love of family …

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On Maturity and Priority

One of the most valuable lessons I learned as an adolescent was to take care of what needed to be done before I undertook what I wanted to do. Sometimes the two coincided but more often than not something I wanted to do had to wait. The ability to prioritize in this way requires a …

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Making Friends

Have you ever noticed how easily children make friends? I’m always impressed by their untempered ability to walk up to another child and say “I’m Jack, do you want to play?” Young children are especially facile in this regard, perhaps because they have yet to develop complexes, self-image issues, prejudices and bad habits. I have …

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On seeking and offering advice

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend. ~ Solon Some of the hardest things I've had to hear about myself came clothed as advice. Advice, pointers, tips and hints stream from every direction on a regular basis, if you are listening. Delivered by the mouths and pens of both friends and strangers, …

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Obedience, Respect and The Future of Humanity

There is nothing more humbling than raising a child. Children are both a reflection of you - your values, your expectations, your worldview - and a fountain of self-expression. They offer constant reminders of the need to refine your own capacity of self-expression while challenging you to grow and develop as they do. I had …

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Mmmmm…gelato!

I was first introduced to Italian gelato while traveling around Europe on a Eurail pass many years ago. My friends and I were having a difficult time finding lodging in Florence as we had arrived unknowingly on an extremely popular Italian holiday, All Saint's Day. As we walked along the River Arno, admiring the stunning …

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Dress for Success

"Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire." - Charles Dickens One thing should be clear: clothes do not make a man a gentleman or a woman a lady; and, by the same token, a real gentleman or a true lady is always a gentleman or a lady, no matter what he …

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The Power of Food: Jamie Oliver’s One Wish for Humanity

As a father, a husband and a citizen of the world, I am compelled to do everything within my power to leave the world a better place than I found it. In my life I have witnessed many remarkable changes, the collapse of one of the world's great superpowers, the invention of new modes of communication …

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