pooling your assets

“It is seldom very hard to do one’s duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out.”  ~Samuel Butler

 Some folks work at places where people don’t agree with each other.

I am pretty sure you may know someone that works at a place like this. You know the story… each individual feels like they are the key to the company’s success. Each manager thinks that the doors would shut if they were ever to “up and leave”. Each department knows that they are the reason that the company is in business in the first place. No matter who you talk to in this hypothetical company, they can easily point out 100 things that are wrong with the way things are done, and the dozens of people that screw it up despite their efforts to keep the place open for business. So each of these folks put up barriers to protect their efforts and solidify their definition of self worth.

 We call these barriers “Walls”, and for the sake of discussion I will refer to them as if they were walls in a swimming pool. So what I am explaining looks like this.

 

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i love my wife…despite her fruit

cake1I can think of a few things about my wife that I could definitely do without.

Although I am not bold enough to actually list them, I know that there IS a list (however tiny it may be) of idiosyncrasies and peculiarities that come at some of the most unexpected and sometimes unwelcomed times. I would go as far as to say that my wife’s behavior has occasionally changed the taste in my mouth so bad that my jaw hurt and I couldn’t decide whether to spit, swallow, or throw up in my mouth a bit.

Sometimes I have patience for these isolated incidents, and other times I don’t. Sometimes I keep my thoughts to myself, and sometimes I can’t. Sometimes I keep my opinions locked up in my “keep your mouth shut if you know what’s good for you” safe, and other times my “possibility for action” dimmer switch shorts out and catches fire.

Ok, by a show of hands:”How many women out there think I don’t love my wife, completely and without reservation or judgment?”

And now the guys:”Do I still love her, or am I counting the days until I can escape a prison of pain and suffering before I gouge my eyes out with a swimming noodle?” Read more of this post

why my wife is never wrong

argue“Language is not an abstract construction of the learned, or of dictionary makers, but is something arising out of the work, needs, ties, joys, affections, tastes, of long generations of humanity, and has its bases broad and low, close to the ground”  Noah Webster

Noah Webster was an American lexicographer, textbook offer, spelling reformer, word enthusiast, and editor.  He has been called the “Father of American Scholarship and Education.” In the United States, his name has become synonymous with dictionaries, especially the modern Miriam Webster dictionary that was first published in 1828 as An American Dictionaries of the English Language.

More importantly, he was a husband to Rebecca Greenleaf.

You see, within Webster’s Dictionary lies a secret greater than the Da Vinci Code, The Bible Code, and the secret of the Holy Grail all mixed up in one.  It is a warning that has been placed beneath the eyes of every man that is familiar with his great name.  It is a gift that was purposely hidden inside a piece of random organized literature that would be sure to inhabit every household under the sun.  Its survival is crucial if marriages are to survive.  The secret has been right under your eyes, waiting for you claim it as your own. Read more of this post