Monthly Archives: November 2009

Lessons from the guy in the red suit

Team Reindeer

We’ve all heard the stories about how St. Nick is able to make all of those Christmas Eve deliveries. What would happen if Santa’s team acted like some employees?

Dasher : “I don’t understand why Rudolf always gets to take the lead. I think I have better ideas about how to make these deliveries on time.”

Dancer: “ Let’s start in Norway then work our way back to North America. I would really like to stop by my favorite smoked salmon store to pick up a …

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Time to Change

Welcome back to my journey into Virgina. I last blogged about my visit to President Madison’s estate.  Just down the road is Monticello, home of President Jefferson.  This visit was more like Disneyland for history buffs and those  who are curious about Jefferson.  Once again I was thrown back in time and asked to imagine what it was like to live on this massive mountain-top estate.  No matter what your political slant this self-taught man was a genius. 

For instance, he designed the home and water collection system based upon his self study of …

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History Provides Vision

During a recent business trip to the East Coast I had  a chance to explore part of Virgina.  The photo above was taken from the balcony of President James Madison’s home.  I must admit, growing up history classes bored me to tears so the thought of another history lesson wasn’t at the top of my list. 

Boy was I surprised!  The inspiration I received while on the tour of the Madison’s estate was unbelievable.  I guess this is why I always liked field trips more than the classroom.  Then again, who wouldn’t.  As our docent described …

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Silos…a good thing?

Maryland 009

Let me take you to Lancaster County PA home of the Amish and Mennonites. Here the longing for a simpler way of life although far from easier is practiced. During my exploration of the countryside I watched how a family would harvest their crops without the use of machinery. Across the road another family had large silos to store their corn. It is my understanding that the Amish do not believe in the use of machinery unlike the Mennonites. Both still work very hard to maintain their self sustaining …

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