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Turning A Dream Into A Home

Turning A Dream Into A Home

Our dream house is 99.99% completed. We moved into it at the end of August and have been unpacking and decorating it to make it our home. The dream itself is about eight years old, so my wife Jan and I are elated that we’re living in the house. Since moving in, I’ve...

What Is Your Creative Capacity?

What Is Your Creative Capacity?

The art book in the photograph belonged to my maternal grandmother Grace Myrtle (Williams) Kilbourn. The art book is copyrighted 1906 and one of my grandmother’s mounted drawings in it is dated ‘June 1910.’ After Grace’s father died in 1908 she was sent to live with...

Transforming Menial into Memorable

Transforming Menial into Memorable

When is the last time you consciously humbled yourself? When you said, “I’m sorry” to a family member? When you gave the right of way? When you gave time to a child when you were in a hurry? Humbling oneself can be a learned trait, but it doesn’t always come easy. It...

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...