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As the saying goes, “experience is what you get just after you needed it.” I started this blog after writing my book, It Beats Eatin’ Lizards: Lessons Learned in Leadership and Life, in which I share short stories that reflect the lessons in everyday experiences, like the lady who won’t give the governor more than one piece of chicken. The title comes from a lesson learned about the power of perspective: it can always be worse. In 1984, when I complained about a boring lecture in a hot auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, my classmate (an Army Green Beret and survival instructor) matter-of-factly informed me that “it beats eatin’ lizards.” I retired from the United States Air Force in January 1994, where I was a commander; management consultant; budget officer; executive officer; curriculum manager; project manager; quality consultant; and quality advisor. Since then, I’ve held various positions in training and communication. I have a master’s degree in business administration and am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organization & management. I hope to hear from you for any feedback or suggestions you might have!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Quote for the day

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead

Friday, January 28, 2011

Georgia representative Paul Broun

Just before the end of the President's speech, this asshole tweetedto his almost followers:
"Mr. President, you don't believe in the constitution. You believe in socialism.”

YGBSM!! Broun said there are many "domestic enemies of the Constitution -- those who want to pervert it, those who want to change it" and believes we should go back to the original constitution.

Really? You believe we should still allow slavery? (that was in the "original" constitution)! Oh, and women should NOT be allowed to vote? (also in the original constitution)!

I don't know where we find the idiots, but even worse, who the hell votes for them. The people of Georgia should be very proud of this imbecile who clearly doesn't understand the constitution, or comprehend a fairly simple state of the union address. I encourage anyone reading this to email this dork's office and tell him what a fool he is. It probably won't do any good, because morons don't like to be confused by facts, but it might make you feel better--it will definitely make ME feel better!


Monday, January 24, 2011

Book News!

I've acquired a publisher for the book! I'm submitting the manuscript this week, along with cover art, etc. I got a lot of great feedback from several friends (THANKS--you know who you are). I hope to have it available within a few weeks--will keep you posted.

On another note, I saw the 20-year reunion of George H.W. Bush's (41) "team" of folks who advised him during the 1st Gulf War. He was asked what he thought about the 2nd Gulf War, with the 4,000+ killled and 32,000 wounded. His response? "I don't worry about it anymore." YGBSM! What an unbelievable thing for a former POTUS to say--he DOESN'T WORRY about a war, or dead soldiers, or wounded warriors. True colors, and from a man who actually served. Un-freakin-believable!

Clearly, he is embarrassed by his son's pathetic lack of leadership and failure to assess the situation. Not to mention lying to the public about WMD as a reason to even go to Iraq. As well he should be.

Short post today--too much PhD homework.

Til next time!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dick Cheney

I saw former 'vice-decider" Dick Cheney on the talk shows this weekend discussing his heart machine. He proudly showed the 2 pumps and explained the process of keeping his heart (I still am not sure he has one) beating. All I could think was "Too bad he didn't lose his health care when he left office." He has no shame about bad-mouthing President Obama and particularly the health care reform plan, completely discounting the millions of Americans who can't have a heart machine or even consider a transplant because they aren't covered.

Karma rocks.

Monday, January 17, 2011


One of the best quotes I've heard by Martin Luther King is, "The time is always right to do what is right."

In our society where most people subscribe to the "WIIFM" philosophy (what's in it for me), this day is a great time to reflect on Dr. King's ideas and think about how we can follow his example and further the cause of inclusion and brotherhood. As he said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

That's about it for today--think about it.


Sunday, January 16, 2011

WAKE UP America

I'm getting really tired of all the "talking heads" (mostly on cable) who open their mouth without engaging their brain. The health care issue is probably the most illustrative of that right now, but the tragic shooting in Arizona has drawn many of them to show their ignorance again--I believe they just can't help it. Sad to say, the same is true for most of the folks we elect to Congress.

I just watched the movie "Sicko" by Michael Moore--if you haven't seen it, you must. I saw what Canada, France, and Britain, among others are doing with their health care systems; it is a national embarrassment that we don't come close to the quality and accessibility of those countries. The US ranks THIRTY-SEVENTH in health care (just below Costa Rica). 

I'm all for healthy debate, but there has to be at least SOME critical thinking to go along with it. Our two-party political system has become nothing more than federally-subsidized cat-fighting. The priorities are reversed. The main goal is to make the "other side" look bad, or by default make "our side" look good. This in order to get re-elected to do nothing more than the same. What's best for the United States isn't even on the list of considerations. If our political system isn't a case study for campaign finance reform, there isn't one. 

How many of you really believe major donors don't buy votes? They spin it into "gaining access through campaign contributions." Do they really think we're that stupid? YES! Because we are. We let them do it to us.

If you watch Bing Bang Theory on CBS, you'll remember this physics definition:

Leonard: Well, let me see if I can explain your situation using physics. What would you be if you were attached to another object by an incline plane, wrapped helicly around an axis?
Sheldon: Screwed.
Leonard: There you go.

In Sicko, a former British parliament member is interviewed and says something that really hits home. In France, the UK, and Canada, the government is afraid of the people. In the US, the people are afraid of the government. 

My question for you is, "What are YOU going to do about it?"

Think about that--more later.