Happy Thanksgiving To All

Nov 24, 2011 by

So many emotions flowing right now.  2011 has gone by in a literal flash with illnesses, work out of state, new clients here in town, time with my kids, time away from my kids, finishing a divorce, dealing endlessly in misery with my first wife, struggling with my weight, seeing new and old friends, and stepping away from some who I needed to let go of a long time ago.

The turkey is in the oven.  The girls will be arriving shortly.

I’m thankful to be alive.  I’m thankful for the food that’s being made, and thankful that God let me stick around on the planet a little longer.

I have a mission to fulfill.  So do you, that’s why we are here.

My wishes for each of you are the best of days, the happiest of holiday seasons, and the advice that no matter how murky or dark life may feel right now, so long as you know me, you have a friend, and a person with friends, is never without.

 

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Ancient Aliens Playing Loose With Facts

Oct 23, 2011 by

We’ve been keeping an eye on the show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel lately and have done some fact checking only to find that the facts in many cases have been left out in order they not get in the way of a good story.  That or blatantly false information has been aired.

One of the best ones yet comes from the flamboyant Giogrio Tsoukalos, who, when talking about the Carnac Stones in Brittany, France said that they, along with the Great Wall of China, “can be see from space.”  Well, we did some searching on Google Earth and all those megalithic rocks can’t even be seen on it, let alone looking out the window of the Space Shuttle as it zooms by at 17-thousand miles an hour.  And as an astronaut friend told me a few years ago, “If you could see the Great Wall of China from space, you’d also be able to see roads.”

Now we’ve come across how Tsoukalos is even selling t-shirts and bumper stickers.

One other disturbing point: If ancient aliens had flown all the way across the universe in their superior spacecrafts to come here, why on Earth would they need mankind to build landmarks for them to navigate within our airspace?   Don’t you think they’d pretty much have already figured that out?

The whole Ancient Aliens show is proof you can still get on TV by saying outrageously whack things as an “Ancient Astronaut Theorist” and we presume, make money selling T-shirts off of it.  Tsoukalos on Twitter was saying the other day that the demand had been so great it had crashed the Website. Of course he also said you can see the Carnac Stones from space and we know that isn’t true.

The fallacy of this show is that in challenging the teachings of modern archeological and historical thought that basically suggests that our forefathers of the past 5-13,000 years were kind of like the monkey-scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where they’re just learning to use bones as weapons and tools, and not very intelligent, they have swung the pendulum the exact opposite way by saying they weren’t smart enough to have figured this stuff out either that they had to have little green men from another planet do it.

 

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Three Roads Home For Easter–Which one to take?

Apr 22, 2011 by

This Easter weekend I want to be home.  Problem is, which one?  After 46 years of life and a good many of them with a dad in the air force, (I’ve moved 35 times in 46 years) even the definition of “home” to me is skewed.  These days with family all over the map, it’s really an emotional undertaking to decide where I should go.  I know I’m not the only one with this issue. But I’m truly aching to be in three places with different levels of family.  And that’s agonizing.

Home is where the heart is.

My mom always used to say that when we were growing up.  So tonight, I write that home is in three places. If you count the Taylor’s house in Huntsville, AL, where I’ve been the past few weeks, there’s a fourth.

I wanted to drive back to Dallas this weekend to be with my kids.   But there was said to be a meeting planned for tomorrow; one that has been moved to next Saturday.  That killed the option of driving home 10 hours to Dallas.  The longer I’ve been away the fewer text messages and phone calls I’m getting from my girls.  Of course, I’m literally working all day long and into the nights, too, so it’s a challenge to have a long conversation anyways.

Dad and I talked last night and Grandma Claxton has had a rough week at 86.  I got a good conversation in with her tonight, so I feel better about how she’s doing.  But there aren’t many more Easters left with her in them.  She talked about an outfit she’s worn on Easter Sundays the past few years.  She said she told Dad it wouldn’t look good on her unless she was wearing high heals and she’s had problems walking of late.

And then there is the road south to Montgomery.  I’ve not been in Montgomery for Easter Sunday in a decade.  Literally.  And it was always my house that everyone gathered at because I so enjoyed cooking for everyone.  All I would tell anyone to bring was “A smile.”

It’s three hours to Montgomery,  about 8 hours to Northern Indiana, and it’s about 11 hours to Dallas.

So at this writing, I’m opting for Montgomery, and keeping an eye to the west and the other in the rear view mirror to the north.  The meal is at mom’s.  Y’all come.

And damn, the Taylors are having steaks.

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A World In Turmoil: Dads, Let’s Step Up Our Game

Mar 12, 2011 by

Now we are living in the midst of one of the most prolific times in our history. 

Half the Arab world is at war or in protest.  The prices on everything are going through the roof.  Gas prices are nuts.  Inflation is beginning to be talked about regularly on the news.  Add to that the devastation to the Japanese through the 8.9 Richter Scale earthquake, the deadly tsunami that even affected the coast line of the United States, and now this whole nuclear reactor meltdown business. We are at war in Afghanistan.  We have a national debt that’s rising at a rate I’ll probably never make in my life time with every tick of the clock.  We have people in Wisconsin angry because their elected leaders are trying to trim back the costs of their state government because what’s going out, isn’t over pacing what’s coming in.  In Washington, we have gridlock unparalleled from what Admiral Stockdale blurted out in the 1992 presidential debates.  There are millions of people in the US who can’t find work.  Just as many and more who do not have health care.  And the list goes on.

Like our previous generations, when duty called, they stepped forward.

Today, more than ever, we need to do several things to do our part.

The first, pray.  It was 364 days ago that a situation in my own home crushed my dreams then of a happily ever after.  Today, with a client meeting in two hours and the prospect of being a part of an incredible change they are developing in the health care industry, life feels much better. God led me on a journey this past year that if I’d not endured, I’d not be having this meeting today.

The second, focus on your family.  Yes, the stress levels everywhere are rising.  But we’ve got to ensure we leave a legacy going forward that can also rise up to their challenges when the day comes for them.

And third, get involved.  Find someone in your life who you can assist.  Whether it’s a phone call, words of encouragement/support, a card, an unexpected check, whatever, right now is the time to help your fellow man, woman and child.  We must stay strong in this time.  We must apply common sense solutions and stop not thinking about tomorrow.  That kind of thinking has led to the kind of messes we’re in today.

Please, join hands.  We can make a difference.  We can prosper.  We can overcome.  And we can leave the world a better place for our children, no matter what gets thrown in our ways.

For us dads, it’s really time to step up our games.  There’s much to be done.

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