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March 14, 2014

"Captain! You're bleeding!"

 

Suddenly all eyes were on me. As crew commander, what would I do?

 

I reached up, removed my headset and felt blood oozing from the top of my head into my left and right ears. In a flash I relived our crew´s vivid experience the previous day.

 

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March 5, 2014

Someone has said that to succeed at anything you must have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish. That vision may change but you need a guiding pattern, a picture of what you want to accomplish. Many will direct to get a photograph of something that represents...

February 26, 2014

Little more than two weeks after high school graduation, it was my second day of basic cadet training at the US Air Force Academy. Life was whirling. During the frightening noon meal formation, the cadre of upperclassmen demanded we recite newly learned military facts...

February 25, 2014

About three months after my son died, I happened to be riding with a fellow squadron pilot and friend in his car. We were driving north on I-295 from Washington DC to Baltimore, making typical small talk when he suddenly turned to me and asked, “How long are you going...

February 20, 2014

In as much as the ancient Hebrew Scriptures advise that children are a heritage or gift from the Lord, as parents we often demonstrate extreme lengths to which we’ll go to help promote our children’s futures. For example, many of us sacrifice and develop a budget that...

February 13, 2014

“But, Dad, did you get your $50 back?”

 

“Yes, Sarah,” I began. “I did get my $50 back, but not until I had my day in court—criminal court. And what a day it was!”

 

Several months earlier, having bonded myself out of jail the day before Thanksgiving—for the egregious crim...

February 4, 2014

“Awe, Dad, I was looking forward to visiting you in jail on Thanksgiving,” my then eighteen-year-old first-born daughter, Sarah, exclaimed.

“Well, Sarah, I followed my attorney’s advice and bonded myself out by paying the $50 fee.”

“Well, maybe next year, eh?” she sheepi...

January 28, 2014

“I’m grown! I’m grown!” the fifty-three-year old severely agitated woman declared. “I have children her age,” she bristled. “She’s mean to me. She called me a bad name!”

The other employee, a woman barely twenty-four years old, seated next to her, neither acknowledged t...

January 20, 2014

While I’ve often found that I need to be tough and enforce the “rules of the game”—so to speak—in managing my investment properties, I’ve also found that it demands a great deal of creativity and flexibility. That said, on occasion, when my creative flexibility was nea...

January 14, 2014

During my career in the US Air Force I had opportunity to observe many remarkably successful as well as less than successful pilots and military officers. The successful ones weren’t perfect in their job performance; but, they learned from their mistakes.  They demonst...

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