Last night Norma Jean and I were privileged to attend the annual Florida College Leadership dinner and hear J. C. Watts.
Watts was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma Sooners in the late 1970’s and led his team to two consecutive Big Eight Championships. After receiving his B.A. degree in journalism, he played in the Canadian Football League for several years.
In 1994 Watts ran and won a seat in the United States House of Representatives and served until 2002. Today he is involved in business. Serves on several boards. Is involved in ministry. Is a frequent speaker. And the author of “Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within.”
Last night Mr. Watts spoke to us about the importance of personal responsibility and accountability. The value of our relationships with others. And how to develop trust. Continue reading
Love him or loathe him, but one thing is for sure, President Donald Trump has really brought change to Washington in just 10 days!
His demeanor, personality, approach, retorts, and of course, constant tweeting is change from every past President. Some like it. Others hate it so much their responses border on the irrational. Already there is a web site, ironically called change.org, demanding for the impeachment of President Trump. Continue reading
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” so begins Charles Dickens historical novel A Tale of Two Cities. In fact, on this day in 1859 the final chapter was published in Dickens’ circular, “All the Year Round.”
The opening line has been often quoted to apply to our generation. It has been many years since I’ve read this classic, and had forgotten the next lines in the opening paragraph. Continue reading
America is changing. And changing at a lightning fast speed. It’s been happening so quickly some of us can hardly keep up.
The current political climate and the two candidates running for President reflect a change in our electorate. Yet, they are the two most disliked to ever win the nomination and run for the highest office in the land.
A decade ago marriage was defined, as it has been for 5,000 years, as a union between one man and one woman. Today that has changed. Continue reading
Every Monday I receive an inspirational quote of the week from Franklin Planner. It’s their way of adding value to their customers, while promoting their products. Yesterday’s quote spoke to me in a special way.
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” (Richard Hooker) Continue reading
In recent posts I have been critical of the behavior of the Republican candidates running for President. But last night something occurred that you don’t hear very often.
A politician apologized. Acknowledged he was wrong. And vowed to change.
Senator Marco Rubio admitted to Fox’s Megyn Kelly that he regretted his recent personal attacks on front-runner Donald Trump. “I’d do it differently. I really would.” Continue reading
My friend, Jim Dorn, shared this story with me a couple of years ago.
There was a family that lived out “in the sticks”, far from civilization. One day the family made their first trip to the “big city” and visited a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again.
The boy asked his father, “Pop, what is this?” Continue reading
Wow! I awoke this morning to find that Fall is gone and Winter has come to Kansas City! The thermometer on my porch reads 20 degrees!
So, I turned to Action 41 Weather to learn what was going on. With charts and graphics, Meteorologist Kalee Dionne explained it had something to do with a cold Arctic air mass dipping down into the United States. Well, I believe it! And Kalee didn’t make me feel better my reporting it was actually 18 in Lee’s Summit with a wind chill of 7 degrees! Brrrr! Continue reading
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, is credited with saying, “Everybody talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.”
Well, people have been talking, that’s for sure. Especially here in Kansas City. Monday, KC recorded a record high for January of 74 degrees. It was over 60 when I woke up Tuesday AM. By lunch time it was 48 and dropping. And this morning snow flakes are falling! Continue reading
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It was a classic every football season for several years in the Peanuts comic strip. Charlie Brown practicing his place kicking and Lucy holding the football.
Every time Lucy held the ball for Charlie the same thing would happen. Charlie would approach the ball and with all his might was ready to kick the ball out of the end zone. But at the exact moment, the point of no return, Lucy would pick up the ball. Charlie would kick and his unchecked momentum would cause him to fall flat on his back.
One strip opened with Lucy holding the ball, but Charlie Brown wouldn’t kick it. Lucy begged. But Charlie wouldn’t budge. Continue reading