Monthly Archives: December 2013

Texting and dining….

I was watching a bowl game a few days ago, I think it was the Notre Dame vs Rutgers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.  Anyway the announcers were taking about one of the players being suspended for the game.  What did he do you may ask?  He was caught texting during a team meal.  Not a practice, not a meeting with the position coaches, not a film session, not anything to do with the game itself.  He was supposed to be having a meal and interacting with his fellow team mates not texting, and it cost him playing time in a bowl game he worked so hard to get to.  You text, you dine, you don’t play.

Happy children do not drop out. Patrica Has It Going On Part I….

Below is the first of two editorials that I not only found most interesting, but are two of the best I’ve ever read.  This woman simply states the obvious, why don’t we see it?  Read on, there is nothing I can add.  I will not post Patrica’s last name for obvious reasons, but she’s got it right.

Happy children do not drop out of school.

This is what our schools need now to lower the dropout rate.  Move students from classrooms where they are working on their frustration levels to appropiate classrooms where they can be comfortable and learn.  Too many of our students are working on their frustration levels in their class work as well as the frustration level of their homework.

Keep kindergardeners in kindergarden for two years when they are not developed enough mentally to be ready to learn and to succeed in the first grade.  Only place a child in a special needs class after they have been in kindergarden for two years unless they are physically disabled to prevent participation in a regular classroom.

Make kindergarden instruction time short.  At the present time in the “Imagine It” program the instruction time is much too long and is inappropiate for the attention spans of small children.

Children are not little adults and should not be treated as “little adults”.

Play time should be increased by 600%.  At the present time the children get 10 minutes of play time after lunch.  Children need a break of free play for 30 minutes in the afternoon plus their scheduled lunch time.  This would result in fewer children being on ADD drugs.

Bible story books on the childs level should be provided by the private sector and delivered to the home.  If Dolly Parton can deliver pre-school books to the home, the private sector should be able to deliver Bible story books to the home.  Children are born with a void in their heart that only Christ can fill.  Children need the gospel to be able to cope in life instead of turning to cigarettes, dope, alcohol and sex.  A few good minds should be able to figure out how this can be done.

I would suggest that the parents of kindergardeners go to the school at 7:30 a.m. and sit in the kindergarden class room until 2:30 p.m.  Live a day in the life of your child and see how you like it.  Experience it for yourself how appropiate or inappropiate the demands are for your child.

Happy children do not drop out of school.


Second editorial to come soon.

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day….

So what do the rich do every day that the poor don’t do?  Kinda cool.

Tom Corley, on his website, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor.

1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.

12 Things Happy People Do Differently….

One of the coolest things I found is that studies conducted by positivity psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky point to 12 things happy people do differently to increase their levels of happiness.  Here are a dozen things that any of us — at any age or stage of life — can start doing today to feel the effects of more happiness in our lives.

  1. Express gratitude. — When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. Kinda cool right? So basically, being grateful for the goodness that is already evident in your life will bring you a deeper sense of happiness. And that’s without having to go out and buy anything. It makes sense. We’re gonna have a hard time ever being happy if we aren’t thankful for what we already have.
  2. Cultivate optimism. — Winners have the ability to manufacture their own optimism. No matter what the situation, the successful diva is the chick who will always find a way to put an optimistic spin on it. She knows failure only as an opportunity to grow and learn a new lesson from life. People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times [3].
  3. Avoid over-thinking and social comparison. — Comparing yourself to someone else can be poisonous. If we’re somehow “better” than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, it gives us an unhealthy sense of superiority. Our ego inflates — KABOOM — our inner Kanye West comes out! If we’re “worse” than the person that we’re comparing ourselves to, we usually discredit the hard work that we’ve done and dismiss all the progress that we’ve made. What I’ve found is that the majority of the time this type of social comparison doesn’t stem from a healthy place. If you feel called to compare yourself to something, compare yourself to an earlier version of yourself.
  4. Practice acts of kindness. — Performing an act of kindness releases serotonin in your brain. (Serotonin is a substance that has TREMENDOUS health benefits, including making us feel more blissful.) Selflessly helping someone is a super powerful way to feel good inside. What’s even cooler about this kindness kick is that not only will you feel better, but so will people watching the act of kindness. How extraordinary is that? A side note is that the job of most anti-depressants is to release more serotonin. Move over Pfizer, kindness is kicking ass and taking names.
  5. Nurture social relationships. — The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships. Did you know studies show that people’s mortality rates are DOUBLED when they’re lonely? WHOA! There’s a warm fuzzy feeling that comes from having an active circle of good friends who you can share your experiences with. We feel connected and a part of something more meaningful than our lonesome existence.
  6. Develop strategies for coping. — How you respond to the “craptastic” moments is what shapes your character. Sometimes crap happens — it’s inevitable. Forrest Gump knows the deal. It can be hard to come up with creative solutions in the moment when manure is making its way up toward the fan. It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call, and in your arsenal at your disposal.
  7. Learn to forgive. — Harboring feelings of hatred is horrible for your well-being.You see, your mind doesn’t know the difference between past and present emotion. When you “hate” someone, and you’re continuously thinking about it, those negative emotions are toxic for your well-being. You put yourself in a state of suckerism (technical term) and it stays with you throughout your day.
  8. Increase flow experiences. — Flow is a state in which it feels like time stands still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Action and awareness are merged. You’re not hungry, sleepy, or emotional. You’re just completely engaged in the activity that you’re doing. Nothing is distracting you or competing for your focus.
  9. Savor life’s joys. — Deep happiness cannot exist without slowing down to enjoy the joy. It’s easy in a world of wild stimuli and omnipresent movement to forget to embrace life’s enjoyable experiences. When we neglect to appreciate, we rob the moment of its magic. It’s the simple things in life that can be the most rewarding if we remember to fully experience them.
  10. Commit to your goals. — Being wholeheartedly dedicated to doing something comes fully-equipped with an ineffable force. Magical things start happening when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get somewhere. When you’re fully committed to doing something, you have no choice but to do that thing. Counter-intuitively, having no option — where you can’t change your mind — subconsciously makes humans happier because they know part of their purpose.
  11. Practice spirituality. — When we practice spirituality or religion, we recognize that life is bigger than us. We surrender the silly idea that we are the mightiest thing ever. It enables us to connect to the source of all creation and embrace a connectedness with everything that exists. Some of the most accomplished people I know feel that they’re here doing work they’re “called to do.”
  12. Take care of your body. — Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be. If you don’t have your physical energy in good shape, then your mental energy (your focus), your emotional energy (your feelings), and your spiritual energy (your purpose) will all be negatively affected [4]. Did you know that studies conducted on people who were clinically depressed showed that consistent exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft? Not only that, but here’s the double whammy… Six months later, the people who participated in exercise were less likely to relapse because they had a higher sense of self-accomplishment and self-worth.


So there you have it. No new flashy car or leather jacket needed — just simple, scientifically-grounded wisdom for long-term happiness. These are all things you can start implementing today — with or without a career change — so I hope you pick one thing and commit to rocking it.

Top Five For 2013….

#1. Grandson on the way!
Grandson on the way!

 These are the top 5 events for me of 2013.  There are two #3’s, only because there is really no #2 after no#1.

#2 Zander family reunion in Presque Isle Michigan.
Zander family reunion in Presque Isle Michigan.









#3 Trip to "The Big House" with my wife and sister.
Trip to “The Big House” with my wife and sister.
#3 New employment opportunity.
New employment opportunity.
#5 The Dillon Wildcats bring home another State Championship.
The Dillon Wildcats bring home another State Championship.

Champions Of The West….

I damn near live at the BWW in N. Myrtle Beach during the season.  Go Blue!
I damn near live at the BWW in N. Myrtle Beach during the season. Go Blue!

Yes, now there’s a bowl I can watch.  BWW is my home away from home on Michigan Football Saturday’s.  The Wolverines head west to take on the Kansas State Wildcats in Tempe Arizona in the BWW Copper Bowl.  I’ve got to respect KSU as they have a great old time coach in Bill Snyder.  I wish him the best, just don’t want KSU to win.  Bill’s the type who truely loves his kids, the kids love him and he doesn’t seem to be in it for the money.  They don’t make em like that anymore.  Last of the good ones he is.  Let’s see what the Wolverine’s can do with a pack of Bill Snyder’s Wildcats.  According to ESPN this game starts at 10:15 PM, approximately 15 minutes past my bedtime.  Why didn’t someone check with me on this?

Kid Gloves….

Now days with all the scares in the food and restaurant industry, precautions have to be taken to ensure we are getting nothing but the untainted food we expect.  I’ve noticed that more and more restaurants are now requiring the help to wear gloves to guard against cross contamination in food preparation.  Now wearing gloves seems like a good idea when handling food, but it still has a flaw.  If you are handling food with a new glove, then handle a spatula or piece of kitchen equipment or run the cash register or whatever, the purpose of wearing the glove has just gone out the window.  You’ve just cross contaminated not only the glove but everything you touched with it.  The purpose of the glove is to guard against this, is it not?

Here’s a bonus observation; the waitress who’s taking several plates of food to a table and the plates are stacked going up her arm, she might be carrying 4-5 plates.  Notice how many plate bottoms are touching the food on the plate below it.  Whatever was on the surface of where that plate was sitting, in now on the top of that food.  Maybe the plates should wear gloves.  I’ve worked in a restaurant and I could tell you stories of contamination that would…..

More Rambling….

You ever been past a carpet store that wasn’t having a sale of some sort?


Most used car lots are no longer used car lots, they are credit bureaus that sell cars on the side.  I talked to a dealer one time who told me he has sold certain cars 5 and 6 times. Sell it, repo it, sell it, repo it, sell it, repo it again and again.


Why is it when cars pass other cars on the highway they signal coming back in.  I can understand signaling to start the pass but I’m pretty sure everyone knows their coming back in.


If the money spent coloring everything pink in support of Breast Cancer were instead put toward Breast Cancer research we’d almost certainly be closer to a cure.


At what point in the seasons do we stop measuring wind chill and start measuring heat index, and vice versa.  Is there’s a certain temperature where it switches?  What temperature is it?  Why do the weather sites tell you what the temperature is, but also add what temperature it feels like???  Does that even make sense?


I can’t park worth a crap anymore.  I don’t care how well I think I have it lined up I get out and look and find it’s in the space crooked as a dog’s hind leg.  I’m not talking about parallel parking either, I’m talking straight in parking.