Friday, November 17, 2017

Hard times for an honest man

John Melloncamp

One man does his work
He's not satisfied not at all
Feels like that he's being used
His self respect starts to fall
His frustration
Running very very high he takes it out
On the ones he loves, because it's safe
And who they gonna tell
And he hates that cold-bloodedness
That runs inside
Oh yes
It's hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times
Hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times

She's got a lot of pride
You can see it when she walks into the room
But she's young
And she's unaware
Of what a brutal world can do to you
So she loves a man
He lies like a dog
Tears her little world all apart
So the walls go up
For the rest of her days
And there ain't no man can touch this
Girls heart
Oh yes.
It's hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times
Hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times
So we walk
From the front porch to the back yard
Just to laugh and say hello and
Say goodbye
But some days are hard, like a
Soldier's steel-toed boots
And the rent we pay to stay here
Gets high
Oh yes.
It's hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times
Hard times, for an honest man
Very, very hard times

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Always be positive

An excerpt from : Success is a Choice by Rick Petino

Always be Positive-

You can be extremely hardworking. But if you’re not positive , you’re inhibiting your chance at success.
The problem is we are constantly surrounded by naysayers , sheathed it is family, friends, co-workers, or a cynical culture. It’s very frustrating, for these negative voices can become a chorus that knocks the life out of you. You must try to cut these people from your life, or if that’s impossible, at least be aware of their destructive message.

The reality is that we can control our mood. Unlike so many other things in life that you can’t change, you can control your mood. Moods can be reversed, and you can teach yourself to do that. Looking at a situation positively enhances the quality of your life.
Self motivated people look at each day as a new opportunity. You can teach yourself to do this, just as you can condition yourself to look at things more positively, whether it’s unexpected change or the minor setbacks we all face in life.

The key is to stay positive in tough times. The rule is simple: the more trying the times the more positive you have to be. This is especially true in the workplace where our industries and our companies are going through challenges all the time. We must look at change as a possibility, a chance to be more successful. We must learn to maximize the good times and shrink the bad times down as small as we can possibly make them.

We must also learn how to live in and enjoy the present, Free from failures of the past and the anxieties of the future.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Do not allow the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own “ inner voice “
And most important have the COURAGE to follow your heart and intuition.

It is very easy to give up or buy in or keep quiet and walk in the direction of least resistance but if you follow your heart your shoulders will be lighter and you will be amazed at the doors that will open.
Follow the paths in front of you or move the path, if your goal is selfless and you truly want to do good then trust yourself and go for it.

So what was, and still is, my goal ? And where do I find my courage?

Growing up I did not have a picture perfect family, my parents were both blue collar workers that never finished middle school , my father was an alcoholic and my mom did her best to raise three kids while sometimes working three jobs. There was never hugs or “ I love you “ thrown around or discussions around a dinner table at night.
I never knew what I was missing because as a kid you do not know what other families are doing but at a very young age I knew I wanted more, I wanted a family that hugged and loved and ate dinner together and talked about the day and that became my ultimate goal - Family-

Then the good Lord put my now wife in my path and in 1980 she became my courage, somehow I knew and I followed my heart and my life has been an amazing journey .

Goals and courage... what are yours ? And where do you find your courage?

Monday, November 13, 2017


If someone is trying to get you angry most likely they are trying to control you or shut you up.
Anger works.
Developing a US against THEM mentality works, it has proven through out history.

Personally I always ran the other way, if someone wants to get me angry or works really hard at trying to turn me against someone or something my antenna goes up and I start to REALLY listen.
I have always chose to not join the good old boy gang for a reason, I want to make my own decisions and not be influenced, there have been many people in my past that people talked bad about or told me negative stories and I found out later they were actually good people and the stories I heard were mostly lies.

The same went for people I hired, I went with my gut and trusted and most times I was able to find the true person inside. Some of most trusted employees and drivers and co workers were people that others trashed for some reason, and the some reason was mostly slanted personally toward the person doing the trashing.

Don’t buy into it, don’t allow THEM to get you angry, don’t FOLLOW — LEAD !

Be your own person, make your own decisions- listen and look for the good.

Quiet the noise around you and focus -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The new Game

There is a new Game in business today.

The day day of the mom and pop stores or actually working for a “ person “ is over.
Look around, everything is big , all chain stores or businesses being bought by conglomerates and investors. The biggest problem with that is it changes the whole game and loyalty is a thing of the past.

Welcome to the new world order.

You are a number and no matter how loyal you are the new “ masters” do not care, the new masters only see profit and numbers and how they themselves and keep their own jobs.
Investors have a completely different goal, they want to buy a company and try to work the numbers so they can sell to the next set of investors and so on and so on - the game has changed.

Gone are the days that you know your job is secure as long as you work hard and give a honest days work so how can you plan for a young family? How to you exhale and not worry about tomorrow?

The days of retiring after 40 years at the same work place is over, it is a story that you will tell your grandkids and most likely they will look up at you in wonder and with a questionable face, the same way they will look when you tell them you grew up with no computers or cell phones and people actually looked at each other and held conversations.
While you are at it you can also tell them about the days when you walked to school and your dogs were never on a leash and you sure never picked up there poop and you only had three channels to pick from on TV, you never bought water or paid to put air in your car tires.

You can’t stop progress or technology but you can only hope that we do not lose ourselves in the progress and yes, our kids will be far ahead us us with technology but what did they miss out on?
Pick up games in the neighborhood and staying running home before it got to dark.
Playing games with the family rather then channel surfing, having the whole family home for dinner every night and talking about the day, just doing nothing and sitting on the picnic table in your backyard with your friends and growing up and being proud of where you work and who you work for.

Welcome to the new World order.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pull the thread

Keep pulling the thread..
it is always about the money.

Poor man wanna be rich,
Rich man wanna be king,
And a king ain't satisfied,
'til he rules everything,

Lyrics by Bruce Springsteen 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Go for it

After 40 plus years in retail and household goods moving I jumped into Theatre , now I am still affiliated with the moving business as the Theatre is a 501(c)3 non profit so I do still need income but the Theatre is my passion as is live music and helping people so when the opportunity came around three years ago to be a partner in a start up little theatre it seemed to make sense.
 Sometimes you just have to follow your heart and have faith, here we are three years later and take a look at the very nice review below that was in the White House Chronicle-
I am still learning and love the idea of being a part of something bigger then myself and that will help people and maybe even put a smile on their faces-