Action, reaction, over-reaction

Posted on August 18th, 2014 by

In the political arena opinions are rampant. Facts are often scarce, and statistics are often tweaked until reduced to little more than useless gibberish designed to support an otherwise unsupportable argument. This is true in every town, every state, and... Continue Reading →

Transitions and trade-offs

Posted on August 11th, 2014 by

Go with me on this. It’s a good story. Annie was a 15-year-old mutt who came to us through the local pound. She was past her date for euthanization when we found her. Somehow her paperwork had been lost, buying... Continue Reading →

Our contradictory spectacle

Posted on August 4th, 2014 by

It was an epiphany. Not to the extent of Archimedes jumping from the tub and running through the streets naked. For one thing, I was having lunch, not a bath. For another, I was not naked at any point during... Continue Reading →

What’d you say?

Posted on July 30th, 2014 by

Several years ago I had the great pleasure of being a restoration specialist at Tom Reilly’s Warbird Museum in Kissimmee, Florida. It was there I got to put my Airframe and Powerplant certificate to work rebuilding a B-17, maintaining a... Continue Reading →

Celebrate ourselves

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

When Orville and Wilbur Wright wandered out onto the dunes of Kill Devil Hills to make their first powered flight, there were no crowds of well wishers cheering them on. Reporters were elsewhere covering stories that seemed more important than... Continue Reading →

How to create a fan

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by

The quest for the World Cup has come to an end. Germany took home the title after working their way up through the ranks, win by win. In the end they took out Argentina in a 1–0 contest that left... Continue Reading →

Respectfully yours

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by

Now and then I’ll receive a piece of mail that contains a dollar bill. These tend to be from companies that want information from me. You probably get similar mailers arriving at your home or office. Most of us do.... Continue Reading →

The four secret steps to becoming a good old boy

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

In your town, right now, there is a good old boy network firmly in place. I know this because there is a good old boy network in place in every town. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Clarksville,... Continue Reading →

Courting integrity for the long haul

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

My family is probably as dysfunctional and weird as any. Yet for all the squawking and sarcasm and occasional emotional outbursts, we still care for one another. You might even say we love each other. Certainly, there’s a sense of trust... Continue Reading →

Can aviation get its mojo back?

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by

There was a time not so long ago when aviation was cool. It was hip. It was a celebrity in its own right. Being photographed next to an airplane was a dream come true. Being one of the lucky few... Continue Reading →