Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Greeting

Thanksgiving is among my favorite holidays. It’s a time we’re all forced to slow down a bit, and whether voluntary or involuntary we’re moved to reflect on thankfulness. Like everything else in life, it’s about perspective.

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” by Helen Keller.

What a blessing to truly be content within oneself. Even if we’re fortunate enough to have gotten a good dose of it at Thanksgiving, so easily we lose that momentum. Human nature is to not know what we have till it’s gone…. health, family & friends, the ability to shelter and feed our families, simple pleasures in spending time with loved ones, etc.

This year, my hope for all of us is that we’ll look at the sore spot in our lives, the real thorn in our side that often robs us like a pick pocket, and turn it into a reason of thankfulness, Helen Keller style.

Happy Thanksgiving! I thank you so much for your patronage of this site. Here’s to best wishes for a joy filled holiday season and a year of priceless contentment all year long.



Dinner Conversation


What to strike up some dinner conversation with guests? Use the secret of John C. Maxwell. Ask questions. Here are a few that he just provided his readers.

  1. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving or holiday memory?

  2. If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

  3. What’s the best gift you ever received?

  4. What’s the best advice you have ever received?

  5. What’s the best book you’ve read and what makes it special?

  6. Share about a time you had a need. How was it met?

  7. If you could meet your great great grandchildren what wisdom would you pass on to them? What would you want them to know?

  8. If you could spend one day doing a job that you are not currently doing, what would you do?

  9. What’s one thing that you would love to do in your lifetime that no one knows?

Thanks John for these great open ended questions that will lead to interesting dinner conversations.


Which are you? A Thermostat or a Thermometer

Leadership Tip

Close Up Of Female Hand On Central Heating Thermostat


Thermometers report the temperature while a thermostat is designed to bring the temperature into a prescribed range. As a leader which do you do, report on the conditions or do you do what is necessary to move things to where they need to be?


Veteran’s Day

Where do we get guys (and women) like this?

Squad of marines



“   ‘Where do we get guys like this?’ the reporter asked.

                The answer is as simple as it is profound. You give them to us. You parents, you families, you brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, you loan us these wonderful young people. They are the fruit of our country, raised by caring parents or a single parent, nurtured in love, and taught that Americans are supposed to have concern for the rights, freedoms and needs of not only our own citizens, but the citizens of the world … The credit for their goodness, and their greatness, rests with all of you back home. The mothers, the fathers, husbands, wives, all of the family members, all the friends, the teachers, the preachers, scout leaders, football coaches, volunteer youth workers of all sorts, each person who had a positive impact on the lives of these young people deserves a piece of the credit.”


Colonel Ron Smith, US Army


"The war in Iraq, what the media doesn't tell you,”
The Meridien Star
March 9, 2005

What is a Veteran?

Someone who wrote a blank check!

Business Concept. Vector


A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal political views, that is an honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

 – Hiram Figueroa (LinkedIn)