Lions Are Not Personal

For 22 years I’ve searched for something that does not exist. I quit looking last week after standing in front of an angry, hungry lion. I watched his angry behavior and learned an important truth: Lions are not personal. Brody is a male lion who lives at Turpentine Creek, just outside of Eureka Springs. I was standing a few feet from Brody when one of his caretakers prepared to shove ten pounds of raw meat through a head-high feeding hole in Brody’s pen. Hungry for the food, Brody swiped at the huge chunk of meat with his quick paw as the meat started through the hole. He smacked it hard and knocked it back toward the caretaker. It fell on the wrong side of the pen separated from Brody by the sturdy fence. The raw meat landed a few inches from him...

Tears Behind My Eyes

I wrote an article recently for my Multiple Sclerosis Caregiver blog. It’s titled “Tears of Hope and Passionate Hate“. In it, I used words I find myself using more frequently as I grow older. The phrase is, “tears behind my eyes”. I’ve used the phrase recently to describe a day to my Mom, “It’s been one of those ‘tears behind my eyes’ days.” I used it at work in a conversation with a colleague. “You’re having a ‘tears behind your eyes’ day, aren’t you?”, I asked. As I think about it this evening, I realize I’m not talking about a bad thing. I’m not describing depression or even dysthymia. I use the phrase to describe a lot of things: a simple...

When Does Wrong Become Wrong?

How really wrong is wrong? Recently, Madoff made off with as much as $50 billion in investor funds placed in his trust. It was a Ponzi scheme that began years ago. I wonder how small the first act of deceit was. Was it $10,000 or was it a million dollars? And is it more wrong to steal from a non-profit foundation than from an offshore hedge fund? The NYT is reporting that the former chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, one of China’s largest dairy producers, pleaded guilty to selling fake milk powder. Ms. Tian Wenhua, a former Sanlu executive said she knew in May Sanlu was selling milk contaminated with melamine. She did not report this when she learned of it. The melamine scandal wasn’t made public until August. According to the article, Wenhua’s...

OpenDNS is Smart Internet Safety for Families

Sooner or later: Kids + Unprotected Internet Access = Trouble One of the smartest things you can do to protect your children from unwanted websites is to use OpenDNS. Smart because it’s good, easy and free. You should use OpenDNS.com if you have children (or grandchildren) or teens in your home who use the Internet. OpenDNS.com is the easiest way I’ve found to implement a content filtering system for my home network. And it’s absolutely free. For years I’ve used OpenDNS for DNS services on my computer. Using the OpenDNS servers instead of the DNS servers offered by my ISP, I’ve not worried about phishing attacks. Here’s the Good Stuff for Families: By creating a user account on the OpenDNS.com website, I can choose among a set...

Cast Iron Values

I’ve had my eye on a 9 quart, Lodge Dutch Oven for quite a while. I bought it today with Christmas gift money from my parents. And I got a great deal on it at our local hardware store. Because it’s cast iron and will last hundreds of years, it’s possible one of my great, great, great, etc., grand children will use it, too. Lodge Cast Iron is the oldest family-owned, family-operated cookware foundary in the United States. Located in South Pittsburg, TN, Lodge has made cast iron cookware for more than 100 years. In a February 2, 2005 article, “Skillet Sense”, the Chicago Tribune compared six skillets ranging from the $12 Lodge Cast Iron skillet to the $160 Viking Professional 7-Ply. You can find the article on the Lodge website. The...

Finally! A Personal Blog!

Welcome. I’ve blogged for years, but never just for myself.  Now I will. You may or may not appreciate all you read here.  I know you may often disagree with me. That’s good. Occasionally, I want to write something that will not fit neatly into one of the other blogs I maintain.  I’ll put it here. But don’t expect a theme.  And in terms of frequency, it will be hit or miss.  From Theology to Vista complaints, from growing roses to nonprofit leadership to what I think about business, politics, etc., this is where I’ll touch base and write what I wish. Enjoy!

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