Recently Michael Wheeler wrote an article entitled “Marines Don’t Do That: Mastering the Split-Second Decision. In it he quoted Major David Dixon, who recently retired from the US Marine Corps. According to Major Dixon, Marines are taught the concept of “Marines don’t do that” during their training.
It got me to thinking about how I react in life and what I “don’t do.” I’m usually the one who speaks up and makes at least a few people uncomfortable if someone is telling an…Continue
Added by Terry Drew Karanen on December 31, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments
One of my favorite people to fly with at my "day job" is an Austrian-born, naturalized U.S. citizen. You'd never think he was anything but American, at least until you get into a conversation with him. As Americanized as he is, his European roots are pretty close to the surface and a lot of his opinions are, well, very European.
Perhaps that's why I enjoy his company. I live with someone who is more American than apple pie and defends even the most outrageous customs and life…Continue
Added by Terry Drew Karanen on December 24, 2013 at 11:19am — No Comments
According to the old religion, at 12:11pm, EST, on December 21, the goddess will begin her journey from the underworld back to the light of day, eventually giving birth to spring in just a few short months. Trust me. If you’ve shoveled snow in the past week like we have you don’t care who brings spring, just as long as it comes!
Yule, or the winter solstice, brings the beginning of winter according to our modern-day calendar. But according to the original beliefs that brought…Continue
Added by Terry Drew Karanen on December 15, 2013 at 8:42pm — No Comments
This past week we’ve had a most interesting example of how to let go of the past through celebration instead of mourning. News reports and videos showing the celebration of the life of Nelson Mandela by the South African people have inspired people around the world. But a few people in our American culture might have found the impromptu songs, dancing and almost party-like atmosphere to be unfamiliar, if not downright disrespectful. President Obama was highly criticized by the media for…Continue
Added by Terry Drew Karanen on December 11, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments
Yeah, Dr. T., like we really needed to hear that! Is that what you thought? Did your mind race to the shopping you may have left to do, or decorating that stills needs to be done, or perhaps even last minute travel arrangements to spend time over the holidays with loved ones?
Or, did a totally different scenario arise? You might be one of the people who love the holiday and just can’t wait for Christmas morning. You may be thinking about the joy of spending time surrounded by…Continue
Added by Terry Drew Karanen on December 4, 2013 at 8:46pm — No Comments