Holidays

Holidays Parents and Kids
Kid’s Quitting is Father’s Dilemma
June 18, 2017
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(Central Valley Business Times, June 14, 2017) She lasted 90 hours over three seasons.  Maggie was not an outlier.  Not in soccer. In Outliers author Malcolm Gladwell explains the “10,000 Hour Rule” which claims that the key to success is a matter of practicing a specific task for around 10,000 hours.  Consider Bill Gates, Wayne […]
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Happy Memorial Day 2017
May 29, 2017
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Just a quick note of appreciation to the men and women I know who’ve served in the military.  My dad (a physician) served twice in Vietnam, first in 1970 and again in 1972-73(?).  Dr.  J.B. Miller (retired colonel, USAF) was stationed in Cameron Bay.  In third grade I recall my classmates recording messages on a […]
Holidays The Humor Project
‘Tis Always the Season to Read…and Laugh
January 6, 2017
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A lousy marketer I am.  If I was smarter, and I wish I was, I’d have written this post last month as a shameless ploy to sell my book Let Me Tell You a Story.  Oh, I’ll still plug the book [BUY MY BOOK] but let’s be realistic.  Earth is full of funny story tellers […]
Holidays Quotes From Famous People
Time Swooshes into Another Holiday Season
November 28, 2015
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How did it get late so soon?  It’s night before its afternoon.  December is here before its June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get late so soon? Dr. Suess (1904 – 1991) It seems just a week ago my kids filled plastic pumpkins full of Halloween candy.  And only eight […]
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5 (or More?) Gift Ideas for Dad on Father’s Day
June 17, 2015
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Hey kids, here’s a short and sweet Father’s Day list if you’re procrastinating.  The listed order is unimportant, except for #3. Cam-buckles and tie straps. These range in length from 12 inches to 24 feet.  They’re handy to secure loads for camping or landfill trips.  Cam buckles eliminate the need for dads to tie sophisticated […]
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Christmas Tree Hunt is Annual Tradition
December 23, 2014
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Don’t call the Sierra Club.  The wood we chop isn’t for building or heating.  We are Christmas tree hunters—amateur lumberjacks that thin the forest one tree at a time.  The permit costs $10 but getting lost is free.
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Phooey, Let’s Gain Weight Over Thanksgiving
November 26, 2014
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“If you think about a Thanksgiving Dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.” Ina Garten, Host of Barefoot Contessa, Food Network It’s not the minutes that put on weight, it’s the seconds. I’m unsure who said that but whoever said it was right. Hardly three weeks have passed since my final raid on the […]
Holidays Parents and Kids
Time well spent is all guy wants
January 2, 2014
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No matter where you are at any given moment today it’s either tomorrow or yesterday somewhere else.  Years ago I visited Sweden which is nine hours ahead of California.   I returned to work and a colleague handed me a fax sent from Stockholm.  He pointed to the date and time. “Here’s a message from tomorrow,” […]
Holidays Yard
Wife Trumps Husband at Christmas
December 23, 2013
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The human brain starts working the moment one’s born.  For guys, it stops the moment they speak to their mate.  Guys process information in the left hemisphere of the brain, or left brain.  We’re task oriented problem solvers.  I took a survey and discovered that my left brain dominates my right brain 65% to 35%, […]
Holidays Pets
No Gravy for Pets this Christmas
December 7, 2013
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I stepped in it before I said it. It was the dawn of December 26.  Sunlight peeked over the horizon, chasing away a cluster of stars that faintly twinkled in the western sky.  I yawned and switched on the coffee pot.  The aroma of Arabica beans wafted through the house.  I had the morning to […]