Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life. Show all posts

Friday, May 3, 2019

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin, LCSW. She took her life experiences and turned them into a list that eventually became a book.

I think I'm pretty good at most of these. I don't assume a role as a victim (feeling sorry for myself, giving away power), but I also don't worry about things that are out of my control. I'm also good about letting the past go. I find it easy to be happy about the success of others and don't think the world owes me anything. I'm satisfied with progress instead of needing immediate results.

I'm not as good at embracing change and I'm pretty risk adverse.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Look for the Helpers

A tweet thread about Mr. Rogers - worth reading.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I came home to a sick kid. We were both up all night, so playing with the KG-UV9D took a back seat. She's off to the doctor this morning, so hopefully we are on the road to recovery.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


I've been busy with family, work, and holiday stuff, so I've not been able to post as much. I wish this is what was happening, but it's not.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Country Song

So, some good news in that my consulting gig has turned into some significant hours. I worked an actual full 40+ hours last week. I'll get another 40 this week and it may continue into July.

On the other hand, this week-end has been a bit like a country song... a flat tire, the US Men's National team giving away two points yesterday, and I got attacked by a dog while running on the greenway this morning.

I'm waiting on the flat to be fixed and I've got my leg cleaned up. If the team can tie or beat Germany, then things will be back on track.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Resume or Eulogy

The TED talk below is a little dry, but the premise is an interesting one... are you building your resume or working on your Eulogy?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Busy - Please Try Back Later

Sorry... lots of life going on right now. I'm way behind on posts, reading, and e-mail. Hope to catch up soon.

Monday, August 26, 2013


So, a funny thing happened to me recently. They came and told me I didn't have a job anymore. I said a few goodbyes and packed my stuff up and left. I hesitated to say anything here, but I figure I should since you might think this would mean more time for blogging, but it's not really turned out that way. I seem to be blogging less. Looking for a job is a full time job. And when I take a break, blogging is not high on my list. I suspect it will ebb and flow.

I'm not ready to hit the panic button today, but I'm taking some cost cutting measures - no more lawn service, reducing my cable bill, stopped contributing to my daughter's college fund, stopped making additional payments toward my mortgage principle, etc. I didn't spend a lot on gas, but that should go down a little since I will be at the house. Also, my lunch expense should go way down since I used to eat out almost every weekday. Discretionary spending will grind to a halt. For example, the family routine of stopping at Starbucks on the way to church every Sunday has stopped. I probably won't run as many races (at $25-30 per) and when I do I'm going to register early to get the discounts.

You might also think this would be a good time to work on my Extra. I thought about that, but I've decided to look at some IT certifications. My recent background is general IT management in manufacturing. Given the change in/decline of manufacturing, I'd be open to working in other industries and for smaller companies. I think my first step will be getting the ITIL Foundation certification. If I want to be more technical, it looks like the CCENT is just one test and the CCNA is two. (I have an old, old MCSE and an even older Novell cert, but nothing from Cisco.) There is also a CompTIA Green IT cert that might be interesting.

Since my parents and my wife's parents are in Knoxville, I'm focusing here for now. I'd really hate to move away. I've been looking around and applied for a couple of positions, but no interviews yet. (I'm not to this point yet, but maybe next week.)

I should add that it has been very humbling to reach out to old friends, co-workers, and classmates and receive so many words of encouragement and offers of help.

Thanks for letting me vent a little. And to reuse a line from a comment I made on another blog... posting will be more or less frequent than usual. So, sorry in advance if I don't get back to you right away.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Sorry about no updates today. I'm up to my neck in stuff to do. If I find sometime, I'll update this evening.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Life in the Fast Lane

"It is, unfortunately, one of the chief characteristics of modern business to be always in a hurry."

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Live Forever

Live forever (or a few years longer on this big blue marble) by going to church.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Frozen Yogurt vs. Ice Cream

When I was a kid, there were lots of ice cream stores. It seems like they are almost all gone and have been replaced by frozen yogurt shops. I guess this is the price of progress.

Just something I've noticed.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Oleg on Being Rich

Preach it, brother!
"Ah, to be rich! If only I had 30 hour days…"
Don't get me wrong -  if I won the lottery, I'd love to have the money. But the real benefit would be all the time it would give me.

Monday, March 4, 2013


Sorry for the lack of posting the last few days... life is happening. Nate did send me some interesting stuff about some radios that I hope to post soon.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Not a Bad Day

This is how my day started on Wednesday.

I'm not really sure how it happened other than to say I wasn't paying attention. The quote to replace the three panels is almost $500. I still say it wasn't a bad day.
  • My best friend's mom has pancreatic cancer.
  • A good high school friend has a new born that is in the NICU because of problems with underdeveloped organs.
  • My pastor's father died this week.
  • A co-worker's son died this week.
  • The father of another good high school friend had a heart attack and almost died.
  • A co-worker's daughter, who has run several marathons, is being told she needs back surgery related to her childhood scoliosis - and that she will never run again.
Perspective. I'm getting a lot more of it right now than I care to. If you pray, you might consider saying one for these folks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012