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09-17-2012
A couple of summers ago, my wife and daughter decided to grow an apricot tree from seed. The process involves soaking the seed for three days, then wrapped in a water-soaked paper towel sealed in a plastic bag and placed in a refrigerator for 5 to 6 weeks (known as “forcing a winter”). It seemed like a lot of work to me for an apricot. After all, that’s what grocery stores are for. After about six weeks the seed had sprouted and it was time to plant. The tiny tree took root and grew quite well over the next few months. When it reached a height of about 8 inches, the tree began falling over. Still growing, the trunk (more like a twig) bent and curved in response to the ever ...
09-10-2012
There’s nothing like a health scare to help you appreciate ordinary moments on a whole new level. My wife had a health scare recently when, after visiting a specialist for an on-going ailment that had been getting progressively worse, he found a mass. After a CT scan the next day, we had the joy of waiting 5 days for the results. What I found interesting during the waiting period was how ordinary events in our lives seemed richer. They were more intense. Conversations were sweeter. Moments together were deeper. All the normal concerns and stressors of the day no longer mattered. Now, in my mind, I wasn’t going down the road of “worse-case-scenario”, but the lack of i ...
09-05-2012
I am a firm believer that the Government should tell us what to do, think, feel, and smell like. After all, lawyers who have not seen the light of day in a courtroom in decades and live 2300 miles away from me certainly know what’s best for my business, me, and my family. My higher-educated-years-of-business-leadership-and-common-sense-experience aside, I will defer to their vast knowledge and wisdom that pontificates from behind large, mahogany desks, immersed in the industry of politics. That’s why I elected them. Personally, I am grateful for the hours of tree-eradicating paperwork I must engage in to fulfill the requirements of small business regulation. I consider it an opp ...