October 15 , 2017 /
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FIVE STAGES OF WORK TRANSITIONS

We often engage in a variety of work over a lifetime because of who we are and what appeals to us. I seldom took a job just to be employed. My jobs were choices from a myriad of opportunities, thus I could say yes to work that was more about who I am than my

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October 6 , 2017 /
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Letter to Young Mother About Her Son

I had a phone call yesterday from a young mother whom I know fairly well expressing concern about her 5th grade son.  I also know the son and have had occasions to relate to him, to observe him in different situations so I am not without some hard data. Fifth grade boys are an anomaly

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October 3 , 2017 /
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ROAD TRIP

We travel frequently and have for the past 20 years. Several trips have been to other countries and Mexico has often been a favorite winter destination. We have also enjoyed many trips in the U.S. and here are a few of our criteria for those interested. We like to go to some popular places, tourist

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September 30 , 2017 /
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WISE WOMAN

For the past four weeks I have been dealing with customer service with two different companies, Garmin International and UPS. It’s easy for you to imagine the drill. An item was ordered from Garmin, promised overnight delivery to a city that we were traveling through. It did not arrive and we had to move on,

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September 20 , 2017 /
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AUTUMNAL EQUINOX 2017

The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year. This year, 2017, it happens on Friday, September 22 at 20:02 UTC, which for me in

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September 9 , 2017 /
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SPIRIT OF LEADERS

Karl Menninger, the founder and director of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, for many years, used to ask patients upon their discharge from the clinic, “How’s your spirit?”  The reason Dr. Menninger asked about the patient’s spirit was Menninger’s understanding of the psyche. The psychiatric definition of psyche is “ the mind functioning as

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September 2 , 2017 /
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“Come Labor On”

There’s an old Scottish hymn and the last verse is: “Come, labor on. No time for rest, till glows the western sky, till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie, and a glad sound comes with the setting sun, ‘Well done, well done!’” I sang that hymn numerous times but had not remembered it until

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August 13 , 2017 /
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THE 8th DECADE

As a newly minted octogenarian, and as a reprise to a brief memoir that I wrote in 2013 about my first 7 decades of learning, I felt a desire to offer a few words about this present 8th decade. You will first have to indulge me in a quick, tip of the iceberg review of

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August 8 , 2017 /
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SPIRITUAL SIBLINGS

My guest author this week is Kumud Ajmani, proud family man. Twenty years of NASA Research experience and counting. Consultant in areas of Propulsion, Combustion, Emissions. Green Fuels and Emissions Reduction for Aeronautics and Space. Founder and CEO of CFD Nexus. He is also the moderator of the weekly Sunday morning Spirit Chat on Twitter,

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