Happy Memorial Day weekend – Honor the Fallen
Memorial Day is a time to remember and “Honor the Fallen” – those who have sacrificed their lives while serving in the military. Memorial Day is also an opportunity for families to honor and remember all their ancestors who have passed away. Recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by those who came before us helps to deepen our understanding of our roots and strengthen our connection to our history and culture. Many cultures around the world have unique traditions for honoring and celebrating their ancestors. By incorporating these...read more
Technology plus Vintage Art for a Merry Christmas 2022
Using Technology to Add Old-Fashioned Ambience – Merry Christmas 2022 Enhance the senses and sensations for a Merry Christmas, 2022 style. Little can beat the aromas of a Christmas dinner cooking, or the tastes of Christmas cookies – including your favorites – shared during a holiday celebration with loved ones. Kids playing add to the visual and auditory delights. The tactile senses earn high marks with a quotient of human warmth given long overdue hugs and handshakes. Now we have a “tech” addition to the...read more
Thanksgiving Day Traditions
Happy Thanksgiving Day Traditions Thanksgiving Day traditions vary widely, I’m sure. In preparation for this holiday post, I looked up a lot of them. While they included many great traditions, some of which we practice in our home, a couple of my favorites were missing. First, the common traditions that we practice here are no doubt among the most common across the country. Macy’s Parade starts the day, very much as a background to the cooking and last-minute calls about who’s to bring what and when they’ll be here....read more
Veterans Day 2022 – Thank you for your service!
Veterans Day 2022 – and every year – falls on November 11th. This is the day when you should absolutely thank a veteran. Memorial Day is to remember those who died serving. Veterans Day is for thanking those who are still with us. This year our son, Sean “Sarge”, is a civilian. He and many like him, think they have done nothing noteworthy or deserving of recognition. I contend that the Armed Forces are huge machines, requiring large numbers of support personnel to be effective. Every cog in the machine serves a...read more
Long Live The Grand Experiment: Happy Independence Day 2022!
Long Live “The Grand Experiment!” Happy Independence Day! Allow us to share original thoughts of some great Americans to celebrate the 4th of July, the anniversary of the American Experiment; The Grand Experiment. “No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the...read more
Memorial Day 2022; Remember the Fallen
In observance of Memorial Day 2022, we share the following from Wikipedia. Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on...read more
Happy New Year 2022 Goals
Our goal, first and foremost, is to wish all of our visitors a Happy New Year 2022! Just as importantly, we share proven techniques to make your resolutions for a Happy New Year 2022 reality for you. We share three steps to achieving your goals: SMART Goals, Zig Ziglar, and Becoming Your Best when you Do What Matters Most. SMART GOALS The November 1981 issue of Management Review contained a paper by George T. Doran called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives. It discussed the importance of...read more
Happy Thanksgiving Thought Experiment
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving posts are usually about counting our blessings and giving thanks. Steven Johnson compels us to consider this thought experiment: If your daily newspaper were published once-in-a-century, and it came out today, what would the banner headline read? This is, indeed, something to be truly grateful for: Human life expectancy at birth doubled, worldwide, over the last hundred years. Here’s a video Steven Johnson referred to in his TED Talk; under two minutes: I plan to listen to the Audible Book. I...read more
Wishing Wisconsin Veterans – and All Vets – Happy Veterans Day!
Wisconsin Veterans enjoy recognition in the We Energies 2021 Cookie Book, Celebrating military service. My wife kicks off the holiday season every year with a trip to the ball park in Milwaukee for the We Energies Cookie Book. Every year we get multiple copies of a well-produced set of dozens of Christmas Cookie recipes. Limit 2 to a customer. Every year I get dragged along, because that means a couple more cookie books. If you knew how passionate my wife is about Christmas, you’d know this is a BIG DEAL – her annual kickoff...read more
Happy Labor Day with some Labor Day History
Happy Labor Day! Labor Day, observed the first Monday in September, is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being. Many Americans celebrate Labor Day with parades, picnics and parties – festivities very similar to those outlined by the first proposal for a holiday, which suggested that the day...read more