Trump and Hillary. The Right Balance Between Desperation and Fear.

Wendy and I just finished watching the 2001 Series “Band of Brothersproduced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on Amazon. Outstanding series. Outstanding cast with surprise appearances by today’s best. Only 10 episodes. You owe it to yourself to watch it. Obviously late to the viewing party.
It centers around a company of soldiers in the 101 Airborne during World War II, that go from basic training to storming Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, and the fall of Hitler.

So many intense and touching scenes. A few towards the end shows the characters questioning the reason the United States even got involved in a war on foreign soil. It was then that the concentration camps were revealed…that’s why we were there. Some megalomaniac took advantage of that one moment in time, found the right balance between desperation and fear – and made people believe anything that came out of his mouth. 

The beginning of each episode features very moving interviews with the actual soldiers that were still alive to tell the stories while making the series. Damn. The indomitable spirit and balls on these guys back then. 

At the end of each episode text slides gives statistics and insights. I screen captured the last two in the series. We both had the same reaction at the end with respect to our current political climate. If you take either of the candidates for our Presidential election and replace the stats in the slides – insert the words, biases, and agendas they’ve spoken of – the abuse of power and irresponsibility they’ve shown. The experience or lack thereof. Their character and compassion. Can you fathom history repeating itself in this apocalyptic way under them (foreign or domestic), or do they seem resolute and destined to drive a purpose larger than themselves for the greater good of humanity? 

I’m worried about our remaining choices. This is the best we’ve got eh?

If you care about your future, Vote for it. VERY carefully.

#SaturdayMorningPonder #SaluteToVeterans


We Need Bullies. Our Success Depends On It.


Bullying and peer ridicule has been around since the beginning of time. One either succumbs or overcomes.

Look at the history of our existence and you’ll find the reoccurring theme of adversity among the short, fat, tall, skinny, talented, successful and afflicted. It’s what makes our stories so great. Hell, where would Hollywood be without bullies to inspire the content we digest? Most have succeeded through the motivation of vengeance and determination to prove their worthiness and capability. They were driven because of insecurity and the need for acceptance. They learned to dig hard through the dip, get up over and over again, suck it up, and fight through.

Our society has bred a generation or two or three of people that think everything must be fair. It’s not and can’t be. If everything is fair and balanced, nothing happens. Imbalance causes movement. There is however Justice…eventually.

I’ve been bullied by a few – and guided by many (Parents, leaders, teachers, and role models). Both sides left an impression. The wise ones who led experienced and endured to come out on the other side. That helped to keep me grounded and taught me to focus on the things that mattered. Over time I learned to take the bad with the good.

Do I still yearn? Yes. Have I succeeded? In some areas. Am curled up in a fetal position begging for everyone to stop picking on me? No. Everyone has to find their own way, and through that we are victorious. 

For those that are begging… Parents, Teachers, Coaches – do your job!  Lead, teach confidence, self worth, proper self esteem, perseverance, and indomitable spirit. Help them embrace the bullying and convert it to empowerment.

The bullies of the world will never go away and they shouldn’t. We need them actually – to keep us motivated and focused to achieve.