Write By A Stone

 

When Does Retirement Begin?

When Does Retirement Begin?

I was sitting in the Donut Hole in Rosemary Beach, Florida having recently retired. I was chatting with a new acquaintance and asked him what he was doing to prepare for retirement. Without letting a second pass, he replied, “I’ve been preparing for retirement since I...

Birthdays

Birthdays

On January 30, 2013 I asked my Dad what he wanted for his birthday which was on February 9th. I should have known that his response was going to catch me by surprise. He blurted out, “I just want the birthday,” and added a big laugh. His thoughts were on material...

Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

My Dad’s relationship with Lt. Roland E. Speckman began in September 1944 at Nashville, TN. They became crew members of a brand new C-87 cargo plane. Dad was the pilot and Roland was the copilot. They spent 21 days flying the plane from the US to Tezpur, India. They...

Safety Is No Accident

Safety Is No Accident

First Rate, Inc. partners with Homes of Hope that builds houses for the poorest of the poor. Homes of Hope was started in 1991 in Tijuana by Sean and Janet Lambert. One of the sayings on the work site is ‘Safety is no accident.” Well, accidents do happen. On one house...

The General Who Changed the Running World

The General Who Changed the Running World

My role as the corporate chaplain at First Rate, Inc. gave me the privilege of visiting the Cooper Institute in Dallas for company management meetings. I knew that Dr. Kenneth Cooper was the founder of the Institute and the author of the 1968 book Aerobics. I worked...

Joining Them on the Journey

Joining Them on the Journey

Whose footsteps are you walking in? Who left you an example to emulate? Dad wrote that his life was made easier by choosing to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Dr. Irwin K. Stone, M.D. (1920-2008), an internist in Watertown, New York. Irwin built model...

When Do We Call It Quits

When Do We Call It Quits

Some organizations need a funeral because their purpose has expired. Take for instance the Hump Pilots Association(HPA). It officially shut its door in 2005, sixty years after it was organized for the purpose of keeping the bonds of service in the...

Labels, Racism and Change

Labels, Racism and Change

Eric Metaxas’ book 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness contains a chapter about Rosa Parks, the mother of the U. S. Civil Rights Movement. When I read it, I realized that Dad and Rosa were in Montgomery, Alabama in 1941 when Dad attended flight school at the...

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

Mentors come in many shapes and sizes. One of Dad’s mentors at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was the founding Dean, Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D. Dad graduated the same year Dr. Whipple stepped down as Dean. Dr. Whipple was a well-known...

Training, training, more training!

Training, training, more training!

James D. Murphy wrote in Business Is Combat about the importance of the United States Air Force’s pilot training program. “No other organization in the world, civilian or military, has structured itself as successfully, trained its people as appropriately, or...