In this Journal, I will attempt to strip away my protective veneer to view and communicate honestly what the truth is as I perceive it. My intent is to grow, for without an honest evaluation of the truth, how else can one fully absorb life's more difficult lessons and benefit by them. If I do this in secret, then I am still hiding behind a protective veneer, so it is being published online. If you find this Journal, you are welcome to read it and hopefully grow from it as well. If you like, you can also share some of your own lessons in life.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Carina, Age 10, The Last School Picnic

 A few weeks ago, I joined Anne’s and my granddaughter Carina on “5th Grade Hill” to have a picnic and then to buy books at a school book faire.

This will be the last time we do this because Carina graduates this year from Elementary School and moves on to Middle School.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

“At Least I Know My Destiny”

Last week in the lobby of a medical building, I saw a sad, thin and frail woman sitting on a couch and hunched over as she slowly ate what looked like white yogurt..

“Are you all right,”  I asked her.

“No,“ she replied. She explained that she just received terrible news and then pulled back her cap to show me her short light brown hair in the process of growing back.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Profound Wisdom

"We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;"
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi (370 BC - 287 BC) (Influential Chinese Philosopher)

The wisdom inherent in this 2300-year-old statement is profound, even as few people practice it, for they are lost in their emotions and personal identity and self-worth of their opinions. - Dick

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."  Lao Tzu (died 533 BC) (Preeminent Chinese Philosopher.)

This inspired quote came to me on 8/11/18 as: "Who would I become if I let go of who I have been?" The answer to this question is the path to personal growth, and it requires considerable courage to do. - Dick

“A leader is best
When people barely know he exists
Of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

To anyone who wants to be a successful leader, this is the secret. Be humble, be specific and give the credit to others, and you will be amazed by what can be accomplished. I know this to be true in my career and it has been true down thru the ages. - Dick

With Love To All - Dick

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cameron And Carina Perform, June 16, 2018

At The Hills Academy “Summer Recital 2018,” 23 - children were scheduled to perform during the 9:30 am performance, including Cameron and Carina.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ikaika Graduates From Room 2

Three days ago (June 12, 2018)  my 5-year-old grandson Ikaika graduated from pre-school. Anne and I were at the graduation.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Two Life-Changing Quotes

These are two powerful quotes from two prominent Psychiatrists, quotes that could be helpful to you as they are to me in opening my mind well beyond conventional thinking: