We Play to the End

In 2019, Eddie Olczyk, the NHL player turned coach turned broadcaster was on his second round of chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer, and the effects were so severe he told his wife he couldn’t do it anymore. He recalled, “We had a moment, which probably lasted 30 minutes, where all we did was cry. […]

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Wisdom not Knowledge

Knowledge is the accumulation of facts and information. Wisdom is the mindful development of knowledge and experiences with insights that deepen understanding and inform action. In other words, knowledge is a tool, and wisdom is the craft in which the tool is used. “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.  One helps you make a living, the

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Correcting Drift

Leap years exist to get our calendars back in sync with the solar system. So, February 29th is all about correcting drift. By inserting an additional day into the year, the drift can be corrected. We may owe the existence of leap year to the historic fling between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. The Egyptians were

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I post a new blog roughly every ten days, usually on a Sunday or Wednesday. When that day lands on my Mom’s birthday it makes perfect sense that the blog be titled, Mom. I have made numerous references to my Dad in these blogs. No doubt I owe much to him. However, my Mom has

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The Company We Keep

I just spent the last two weekends amongst family and friends. The first weekend was with my best friends from high school and their wives, 8 couples in all; the second weekend was camping with my brother and his family. This high school group of guys, we called ourselves “The Association”, was a life changer

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Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure twice, cut once is an adage I heard my father say over and over during the many home improvement projects we worked on at his house, as well as mine. It is a carpenter’s creed to double-check measurements for accuracy before cutting a piece of wood; otherwise it may be necessary to cut again,

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“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.”- Bernard Baruch, an American financier, statesman, and Presidential Advisor to Wilson and FDR. I learned a lot from Stephen Covey’s book, “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” and one of the key lessons was on listening. It was the

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Meet Me in The Aisle

To me the expression ‘reaching across the aisle’ is hogwash.  If you look at it, it means we have kept our feet firmly planted where we stand and are reaching with our arms. If we are going to meet on common ground, then let’s not reach across the aisle – but meet in the aisle.

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Rusted Friends

Ancient philosophers and contemporary scientists agree that one of the keys to happiness is strong relationships with other people. We need to have intimate, enduring bonds; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel that we belong; we need to be able to get support, and just as important for happiness, to

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