December 25 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Most of us know how dependent we are on basic utilities, things like electricity and fuel and, depending on the weather, appliances for heating or cooling and cooking. We may not be aware of how dependent we are until we don’t have them. When some, or all, of those fail to perform as expected it

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December 21 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

LIGHTING THE WAY TO GRATITUDE

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 3:44 AM MST the sun reached its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring. Actually it has more to do with the tilt of the earth on its axis and its elliptical orbit but we will leave that to the astronomers. I am just one

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December 14 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / 4 Comments

AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

Many of us go about our work without being concerned about the rewards of what we do. We have chosen a profession (or been chosen by it because it called to us) of serving others. What we do is because of who we are and not that who we are is defined by what we

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December 7 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

WHEN IS GOOD ENOUGH GOOD ENOUGH?

Many of us have grown up with the philosophy, and in a culture, that says whatever we are doing, whatever we are making, could be better. Some of it may well stem from (TQM) Total Quality Management which can be traced back to early 1920s. That is when statistical theory was first applied to product

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December 3 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / 2 Comments

OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES

We traveled Dec 2 from Jocotopec, Jalisco, Mexico, at the eastern end of Lake Chapala, to Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, MX, on the Pacific Ocean, about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. Granted that we’re driving our motorhome, towing a car, and given Mexican roads and traffic, we expect such a trip to take longer

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December 1 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

Some Seasoning for the Season

We received a voice message the other day from a grandson who said “it would be really nice if I could get the Christmas countdown for the computer”. What he was referring to was that he had not yet received his Advent calendar for this year. My wife hustled quickly to Jackie Lawson’s web site

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November 25 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

QUESTIONS FOR THANKSGIVING

The U.S. national holiday of Thanksgiving originated with the historical declarations of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Washington issued his on October 3, 1789 and Lincoln during the Civil War which was made into law by Congress in 1941. Following a resolution of Congress, President George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a

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November 14 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

TAKE THE CAKE

About 30 years ago a friend, who was 90 years old, repeated an often-heard phrase which was “Life is short,” and at her age I could understand that it was getting much shorter. Then she added another, intriguing sentence, “Eat dessert first and always take the biggest piece.” I found it rather amusing and by

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November 9 , 2016 / Gary Gruber / No Comments

WHAT HAPPENED NOV 8, 2016

Whether a question or a statement, we have just witnessed a seismic change in the American psyche and political landscape. It is both stunning and shocking and what you make of it will depend on your personally held core values and beliefs. The voice of the “silent majority” has been heard and the challenge now

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