A Penny for your Thoughts

Don’t you ever wonder what you spouse, family and friends actually think about things? For the most part, I have a pretty good feel for what Misty and the boys think; I haven’t the slightest clue from day to day what Jaclyn is thinking, if in fact she does. I am sure Misty and the boys know what I think about most topics. In case you haven’t noticed, I am fairly opinionated. I am not sure about everything. Actually I […]

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Talk about an Evolution

It’s just an observation of mine, maybe just a theory, but if I am correct, it amazes me how locked in people are to their beliefs. Or how uninterested they are in learning new things or hearing new perspectives. Perhaps, beliefs is not the correct word, but from most appearances and from interactions I have had with people I have known for a long time, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people change their minds, once it’s been made […]

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Why Bernie?

Yes, I support Bernie Sanders. Let me explain to you why? I have been a registered Republican for almost 30 years. I recently changed my party affiliation to Democrat, so I can vote in the Democratic primary. I have owned my business for 30 years.  I have a MBA in corporate finance.  I am pro free speech, for “real” free markets and I am pro gun. First and foremost, I don’t want Hillary Clinton to be the next President of […]

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Deer Camp

I wanted to relay my recent experience at deer camp to my readers. It had such an overwhelming impact on me that I feel compelled to tell about it. One of my relatives is a member of a small sportsman’s club that owns property in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania. I have had several occasions to make some brief visits there and every once in a while in the summer we, as a family, might spend a weekend there. After […]

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Look for a piece of yourself

I was on the road earlier today for business and as is my typical habit I was listening to a podcast. The podcast in particular was Mindrolling from the Mindpod Network. In listening, I heard a fantastic quote that I unfortunately cannot attribute to anyone because I was driving and couldn’t write the name down, but the quote was this. “Compassion is finding that piece of yourself when meeting others.” When we meet new people and we make that unconscious […]

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Bleeding Heart Human

I talk to some friends and they say just work on yourself, make yourself the best person you can be and this will, in a small yet significant way, improve the world we live in. Ok fine, I am trying. However the impatient part of me keeps looking around and wonders why things are not improving for all of humanity. Pestilence, disease, poverty, and the lack of the basic necessities of life are sadly all too common in the lives […]

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Put Yourself Out There

It’s time to reconnect with your fellow man. People rarely, if ever, get together outside of work and if so it typically is part of some other organized activity or pass time. The get together is usually ancillary to some other function and little, if any, time is spent in connecting and getting to know one another. That being said, make the most of these opportunities and make a connection with someone. I understand time is limited because of the […]

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The Birth Lottery

I find myself on the one hand, never recalling a personally happier period in my life and, on the other hand, being upset or indignant over the changes in our society and our people. I believe in capitalism and free markets for what they are generally conceived to be, but the manner in which bigger, better, more, more, more, rush, rush, rush, work, work, work, spend, spend, spend, debt, debt and more debt, has taken over the average person’s life, […]

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The American Way?

I don’t know what is wrong with me lately. Maybe I am just full of self-righteous crap, as some might think. White, middle class guilt? Perhaps nothing is actually wrong with me, at all. However, because the political campaign is heating up, I have been contemplating the state of affairs in our country. Maybe this is a luxury I am afforded in that I only have one job. That would be running my business, which, at times, amounts to a […]

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Float Trip?

I made mention late last week on Facebook, I was going to Shadyside to experience my first “float” at Pittsburgh Float. For some of you, who might be curious, I thought I would share some insights and feelings about the experience. Floating, as it is popularly called today, is spending some time in a sensory deprivation or isolation tank. Some of you who are as old as me may remember a movie starring William Hurt called Altered States that came […]

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