Bursting into song for Bernie

One of the most interesting things I have seen about Bernie Sanders’ candidacy is how many people have been inspired to write songs from the heart about this man. I don’t recall ever seeing that with any other candidate. It reminds me of the folk songs of the 60s where people sang about hard stuff…

The morning after

Well, agree or disagree, the people of NH have spoken. I wanted to share a bit of my experience from the inside. I had the privilege of knocking on doors Saturday morning and reminding people to get out and vote. I was very encouraged by the conversations that I had with people who were still…

MLK and election season

I was thinking about Martin Luther King today and where we are now relative to civil rights. I have to say that what surprises me the most about this year’s presidential race is how much anger and hatred still seem to be out there – even among so-called leaders. It blows my mind that we…

Courage to be our best selves

This quote from Brene Brown means more to me than I can say.  I hope you like it too. If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful lady I would encourage you to check our her TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability.  With more than 22 million views it’s one of the most watched talks on…

Could bringing jobs and taxes home reduce gun violence?

And to those leaders of multi-national corporations who are also renowned philanthropists, I ask you this: “If you have accumulated billions of dollars to give away, was it really ever necessary to build your factories overseas in the first place?” Though your spirit of giving is appreciated I think if you asked people, they would far rather have a living wage job and earn their own money to take care of their family than to be a beneficiary of one of your grant programs.

The crooked apple tree

One day, completely unnoticed by the family, a small little seed sprouted on the edge of the compost pile. Time passed. The seed grew a woody stem and leaves. “Look! A little tree!,” the lady exclaimed. “It looks like a baby apple tree or maybe a pear tree.” For several years the baby tree grew…

We are ebay

Ebay has helped us to turn a father-son auto project into a growing business. Being able to put our niche products out into the world at little cost transformed our business from a one-person machine shop that made other peoples stuff (contract machining) into a 5-person business with two of our own product lines now making up 75% of our sales and growing.

Try early spring gardening to relieve SAD

A fellow blogger recently wrote a post about April being the cruelest month with the highest rates of suicide. At first it surprised me but then when I thought about it a bit, I could see how that could be true. I have experienced Seasonal Affective Disorder for years. I usually find getting outside to…