Tuesday, May 31, 2016

At The Drop Of A Cat....

You wouldn't really try that with me,
would you?
A friend (yes, I have one.) recently pointed out that it was axiomatic that regardless of how you drop a cat, the cat will always land on its feet.  

Having always heard that to be true; and having actually conducted that experiment several times, in my youth, with a real-life, increasingly frantic cat; I readily agreed to the wisdom of that observation. 

He next noted that if a buttered (or peanut buttered!) slice of bread slips from your grasp, it will always land "face down" on the floor.  And, having had that exasperating experience many times in life, I also readily agreed to the truth of that observation, too. 

But okay, "What's the point? So what?", I asked.

He said the profound question which arises from these two truths is....

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sweet Potato Pie....

Congress at the wheel
of the Farm Bill.
As you probably know "THE FARM BILL", a terrifically complex piece of federal legislation, which affects - in one way or another - just about everyone in America is currently under intense debate in Congress (isn't everything!).  In reading "some stuff" about the legislative debate ran across the following:

Tuber or not tuber?
That is the question.
"Farmers aren't the only ones waiting on a deal.  Farm groups say they want Congress to get the job done. "

"Sue Johnson-Langdon, Executive Director of the N.C. Sweet Potato Commission, ...."

The sweet "potatoe" (that's the Republican vice-presidential spelling) is the state vegetable of North Carolina!  North Carolina now produces over 40% of the national crop of sweet potatoes.  Since N.C. is now an almost all "red" political state, there should be endless opportunities to promote the "red potatoe", 'course the Dem's may want to also support sweet potatoes - "the potato of color" - as a social justice issue...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Things Which Make Me Nervous...


"Cats which jump up into your lap,
 and begin pawing around to soften up their resting spot..."



"Don't make
 the mistake
 of taking yourself
 too seriously."  

Saturday, May 28, 2016


There was a time when one of the people with whom I lived was a tow-headed eight year old named Thomas.  He was a quick study and widely notorious for a dedicated interest in mischief (probably comes from his Mother's side).

Thomas and I spent several mornings one spring watching a diligent robin convert four Aegean-blue eggs into baby birds. The nest, which hung on a low limb near our kitchen window, gave us a clear view of all the excitement.  The mother robin worked incessantly to feed her particularly vocal, new brood.

Leaving for school one morning, Thomas noted that there were only three birds in the nest.  Outside, we discovered the reason.  The tomcat from next door lolled beneath the nest playfully toying with the luckless fourth.  The coup-de-grace was imminent.  Thomas, of course, wanted to save the victim, but it was quite obvious that the damage had already been done.

I explained to Thomas that these situations were part of life and that cat and baby bird were just fulfilling their fates.  The cat was only doing what came naturally, and for Thomas there was a great lesson in life in all this. Thomas' wide-eyed look reassured me that the eloquence of my explanation had touched his heart and reached his tender mind.  Such moments make fathers feel invincible.  Off we went to work and school, father and son philosophically bonded for life....

His mother called later that afternoon...

Friday, May 27, 2016



Did you really say that?
Did you really see that?
Did you really hear...
Most of us have experienced that "pregnant pause' that "awkward moment of silence" which occurs from time-to-time in the midst of a conversation.

 In those moments, it's almost as though time comes to a complete halt; for just a second or two, everything screeches to a "what next", dead-stop.  And then, just as abruptly, the conversation resumes as if nothing has happened.  We all ignore "the mysterious gap" and act as though we didn't notice.  Life goes on.

Time Warps...
From my experience, "the time lapse" occurs when most folks in the group have an "I can't believe he just said that" or "I can't believe that just happened" private personal thought - and then out of politeness, or whatever, we choose to overlook our shock, ignore the gaff or faux pas and move on. 

Imagine you're thoroughly confused at this point so let me tell you about a recent example...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Well, since you had the nerve to ask...

Q:  What is the definition of an "economic robustarian"*?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Real Tax Exemption Problem...


Mr. Richard Fisher is the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.  

Recently in a speech, Mr. Fisher said "banking giants, a dozen of which control almost 70% of the total assets in the banking industry, operate under a privileged status which exacts an unfair tax upon the American people."

"Implicit government policy has made the megabank institutions exempt from the normal processes of bankruptcy and creative destruction."

"Rescuing too-big-to-fail banks from their bad investment decisions imposes an enormous economic burden on the American people. It also perpetuates a sense that powerful banking mandarins operate above the law and penalize the hardworking citizenry."

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Branding": What Marketeers Miss.....

We are not striving to differentiate ourselves;

... we are striving 
to distinguish ourselves.