Old Drawers And An Honest Inherited Tendency

Heredity is the law through which the individual receives from his parents by birth his chief vital forces and tendencies, his physical and spiritual capital. AMORY HOWE BRADFORD, Heredity and Christian Problems Old drawers, or more exactly, drawers that are no longer useful as drawers but remain in tact, call to me.  If you have read […]

Multiplying Days On Earth With Airplanes

“That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”   Deut 11: 21 A couple of years ago I was privileged to be part of a delegation who converged  at the Textron Customer […]

A Time Tested Lesson In Processing Loss And Grief

“Trials make you strong. Failure makes you humble. Challenges make you strive. Life keeps you going and growing” ― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle Over the past months, the world, literally, has been in a state of shock.  This pandemic, this silent thief, has us all dealing with loss at many levels.  The loss: […]

A Father’s Day Tribute – Saying Adieu To Daddy Joe

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton My father passed on in 2000 after battling cancer.  When He died, my father-in-law, Retired Major Joseph F. Cullen,  very sweetly said that he would be willing to fill in as “dad”.  It meant a lot to me, […]

Rescue Your Unique Family Stories – They Matter

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a (unique family) story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?” ― Linda Weaver Clarke This time a couple of years ago, I was preparing […]

What To Do When Catastrophe Strikes – Fly the Plane!

“It was not a crash.  We knew what we were doing.  It was a forced water landing.” – from the Movie, “Sully” Aviation, both as a pilot and an air traffic controller, have taught me what to do in an emergency:  Fly The Plane. When I found myself talking to an aircraft in distress, one […]

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What To Do When Circumstances Crash Your World

I always laugh and say I met God on the way up, and I got to know him on the way down. And so, as I’m crashing and losing everything, a lot of people run to God when they are struggling. And I was no exception. – Dave Ramsey Circumstances Crash Your World? By the […]

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Recalling My Solo Flight – Honoring The Moment

I flew my solo flight on January 10, 1992 at Jabara Airport (3KM at the time, now AAO) in a Cessna 152.  I wrote the following not long after that experience: My Solo Flight “I want you to taxi to the end, make two touch and gos, then full stop and come back here to […]

Doing Badly In The beginning Is A Start

 “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly in the beginning” – Marshall Thurber  I do not like doing things badly.  I want to do things well.  The first time.  I see others doing a thing well, with grace and ease, so I jump in and, well, you all know the moment:  It feels so […]