Wednesday, December 27, 2017


"Resilience is the virtue that enables people to move through hardship and become better.  No one escapes pain, fear, and suffering.  Yet from pain can come wisdom, from fear can come courage, from suffering can come strength - if we have the virtue of resilience."

from Resilience: Hard-won wisdom for living a better life by Erick Greitens

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Funny math

You know math is so funny and can be very misleading.
For example, lets say the government cuts my taxes by 5% but other cost, like health care, goes up more than 5%, I am cash flow wise worse off. Easy math, right?
It's this kind of math that should make us curious when a politician tells us that they are going to give us something today. Curiosity should make you ask, "but what are you going to take from me tomorrow?"
All politicians are the same. There is no difference in the GOP or the DEMs. It's called "chicken in every pot" politics.
And this type of math almost always works on those that want to believe what they are told. It is very easy to believe that less taxes is a good thing even it is not and it is very easy to believe that more taxes is a bad thing even if the realty is that it is not. Only a true understanding of economics and a crystal ball knows for certain.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Men learning to be an adult man.

Where did you learn how grown men act when there were no women around? For me it was as a young teenager riding Yamaha dirt bikes all over the mountains of the Sylamore National Forrest of Stone, Baxter and Izard County Arkansas. People like Tip Wiseman, Dean Hudson, and Reed Perryman were great examples of how to be an adult man. Myself, Randy Smith, Michael Ballard and others were the students.
This has been on my mind since the November men's breakfast at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Calico Rock where I had a long conversation with David Boltz about the subject of the lack of opportunity for young men to learn by example of how to become a responsible adult man. We thought the men's breakfast would be a great place for the propinquity of men being men could be transferred to the younger men folk. Question, of course, is how to get the men to come and bring their son's and grand son's.