Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Memories from Childhood

Like most kids, I couldn’t wait to get up on Christmas morning. I would wake up early and eventually make enough noise to rouse my parents.

Living in Hawaii, we didn’t have a chimney. My parents bought a cardboard chimney covered with brick-design paper.

I enjoyed building model airplanes and collecting airplane parts. My favorite Christmas present of all time was a broken propeller from a Piper Cub airplane that my dad found. I kept that in my yard for years, and it was the hit of the neighborhood.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Possible Positive Changes in Congress

After all the contention and gridlock in Congress, there is one hopeful sign for the future: 46 new Democrats in House say, “While we have a duty to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch, particularly when the Administration crosses legal lines or contravenes American values, we must prioritize action on topics such as the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, our crumbling infrastructure, immigration, gun safety, the environment, and criminal justice reform.”

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Christmas/Holiday Newsletters

Does your family send out a Christmas/Holiday newsletter? My wife and I have been doing this for years. Some people have changed to email newsletters, but we still send one out by snail mail.

We also enjoy receiving news from friends at this time of year. It’s good to read about kids, grandkids, trips and other significant events.

In our newsletter we focus on our family activities during the year, trips and the kids and grandkids. I also give a summary of books published during the year.

Best to all of you.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thanksgiving

With all the turmoil and political disorder, it’s refreshing to take a moment and count my blessings on this day of thanksgiving.

I give thanks for my family and friends, for the beauty of nature and for the joy of life. May this be a day of peace and happiness for all of you.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Reversion of Book Rights

My first book, Retirement Homes Are Murder, was published in 2007. I now have fifteen books in print. Over the course of the last eleven years, rights for nine of these books have been reverted to me from three publishers. I’ve been fortunate to have all of these books back in print now, eight of them through Encircle Publications and one self-published.

Since seven of these were originally published in hardcover, these are now available in trade paperback at a more reasonable price of approximately fifteen dollars. The other two have been reissued as trade paperbacks, again at approximately fifteen dollars.

Life goes on and publishers change. I’m glad that readers can still obtain all of my published books.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Applying Rotary Four-way Test to Elections

Following up on my last post, I’ve been thinking about our recent election and what we will have to decide in two years. My though it that the service organization, Rotary, has a Four-way Test that’s an excellent benchmark for determining who we should vote for. Here’s my adaptation:

The Candidate Four-Way Test

Of the things the candidate says or does:

-          Is it the truth?

-          Will it build goodwill?

-          Will it build better friendships?

-          Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Positive Message from Service Organizations

I’ve had the opportunity to speak at a number of Rotary, Kiwanis and Optimist clubs recently. I’m always struck by the combination of patriotism and willingness to help other people. In this time of divisiveness it’s refreshing to be with people who strongly believe in community service.

As an example, Rotary believes in service above self. It’s Four-Way Test is a message we all need to take to heart:

“Of the things we think, say or do:
-          Is it the truth?
-          Will it build goodwill?
-          Will it build better friendships?
-          Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”