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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

And Here We Go..

Those of you who know me well, know that my past is littered with some great great ideas that I never carried to fruition.  I don't know if its an advanced form of ADHD, sudden onset boredom, or something as simple as being a little lazy, but it has certainly been a fault.  

Recent events on both the world stage and on a personal level  have reminded me quite clearly of the voice that I have-- which has for far too long not been utilized to its greatest potential.  In these times, full of people who only see and think in extremes, closing diners; forgotten history, and churches picketing funerals and spreading hate, I have come to believe that I need to speak out and express my view-- for whatever that's worth. 

Through these pages I will write on a variety of topics-- subjects which will likely not surprise those of you who know me well. I will advocate for the Field of Emergency Services Dispatching, leadership in public safety and public service, airplanes, the passion of bluegrass music, great movies; and, of course, my eternal quest for the Ultimate Diner. 

I have been blessed with opportunities, relationships, education, and experiences which have reminded me time and again of the beauty and wonder of this life and the people in it.  If nothing else, I hope that taking the time to share my thoughts, observations, and prospectives will serve to remind me, and perhaps you, that each day is a gift.  And, more importantly, that we have gifts to give as well.

Red Skelton, in a television interview which aired as part of a PBS Special answered with this when asked about how he managed to stay in the business of entertaining people for so long (I am paraphrasing):

"Talent is a gift from God to you, When you use that talent, that is your gift back"

Here begins my effort to give back. 


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