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Using 'We' and “Us” comes across far better than 'I' and 'Me'

GroupA gentleman that I was sitting next to on a plane recited his favorite poem to me. It went like this:

I and me are words oft used,
By people who are themselves confused,
Why can’t these superegos trust,
The use of words like we and us?

Using the words I and me to draw attention to yourself makes you come across as selfish, self-centered and insecure. This kind of behavior is a turnoff and does not endear people to you. When you use the words we and us to describe what’s going on in your life, you turn people’s heads and draw them to you. Doing so sends the message that you’re comfortable with who you are and that you care about those around you. This is why successful people avoid the use of I and me unless it’s to say something like, “I think you’re great.” 

My Role in Life

StudentWhen I was in my Junior year as a student at the University of Detroit High school, I was the Staff Poet for our student newspaper.  My English Teacher, a Jesuit priest, Father Skiffington, was examining some of my work one day and he said to me, "Art, I believe that God had a master plan and he gave each of us a special talent. Now if we can discover that talent and if we learn to hone it and put it to work in our lives then we might work out to become a very special person.  He paused for a little drama and then said, "I do believe that God put you on this earth to serve as a bad example."  And I said, "Yes, it is true, Father, and you've got to admit that I am doing a great job of it."  In our class yearbook it reported that I had the distinction of spending more time in after school suspension than any student in the school's history. Over the years, so many writers and speakers have told me what an inspiration I had been to them.  They said they observed all of the things I was accomplishing with the few talents I had and just knew they could do much better with their special talents.  "It's true," I would tell them all. "There is greatness in you." 

The Staff of the Lone Ranger Radio Show 1931

The Lone Ranger StaffForrest Wallace, Brace Beemer, Harold True, Bob White, Owen Uridge, James Jewell

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It’s Impossible to be Happy While You’re Complaining

ComplainingA former student of mine posted the following quote on Facebook: “Happiness comes a lot easier when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.” We all know someone who, when things don’t go their way, they take it personally and start complaining—as if they’re the only person in the world that has ever hit a “rough patch.” The complaining can go on for days and it not only takes away their happiness, it eats away at the happiness of those who are around them. Whenever things don’t go my way, I immediately try to think of someone who is much worse off than I am (which isn’t hard) and then I express my gratitude for not having that person’s problems to deal with.  This helps me realize that things aren’t so bad after all and allows me to get on with life with a positive attitude.

A Shirt Tail Tale

ShirtNo doubt every one of us has an old golf shirt or such from some place we've visited that brings back a special memory. This morning I pulled out a shirt and put it on without thinking and later when I gave it a good look I realized that it was a gift from a contractor who was working for BP Mobil at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska back in summer, 1998.  I had been at Prudhoe Bay which is located right on the Arctic Ocean for over a week. I did three days for them and then flew back to Anchorage for the weekend and rented a car and drove over to Homer, Alaska and I swear I saw eagles on every boat bow in the harbor and then later I watched a hundred eagles landing and taking off and what a thrill. Then I returned  for more safety programs on Monday thru Wednesday and I had a flight back to Anchorage and home on Thursday morning.

This Safety guy  from Veco asked me how much I would charge them to do a 45 minute presentation at their safety meeting the next morning before my flight out.  Frankly I already felt so overpaid for that wonderful experience in Alaska that I told him I would not charge him anything but I would like to get a t-shirt that said Prudhoe Bay on it.  Early the next morning he introduced me and as he did he presented me with an Arctic jacket and under jacket that could be worn in the Frozen North. Then he gave me the T-shirt as promised. They were a wonderful audience and put the topping on this adventure.  I felt sort of strange carrying that jacket on the plane. It was a hot day in July.  Later I was invited back to talk with all the contractors' employees but it was for February and it sometimes gets 50 below zero up there. Thank goodness I was already booked for February. Now I am going to look at some of those other shirts in my bottom drawer.  

Ed Scarth and Mike Kalush

Ed Scarth and Mike KalushEarly photo from the vaults of Channel Seven.  Film crew using 16mm film and sound engineer.

Valuing People over Numbers Pays Off in a Big Way

GoogleA friend of mine posted the following excellent quote from author Simon Sinek on Facebook: “A true leader would sacrifice the numbers to save the people, not sacrifice the people to save the numbers.” “The numbers” is a phrase that refers to the measures of success of a business—things like profitability, productivity, costs and so forth. True leaders understand that it’s the people (employees) who drive these numbers and it’s their job to look take care of those number drivers. This is the philosophy that leaders at Google use to operate their company. Their commitment to this philosophy has not only made Google incredibly profitable over the years, but it has also been rated as “the most innovative company in the world” by Fast Company Magazine and been ranked number one for the last four years in a row on The Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for list. These are the kinds of things that happen when the leadership of a business gets things right. It’s too bad the leadership of more businesses don’t try to emulate Google’s example.

Tales from Michigan Stadium

Tales from the Michigan StadiumTales from Michigan Stadium tells the stories of the people who built the tradition of University of Michigan football.  These aren't game recaps from the Sunday paper - These stories come from the players who were involved.  They come from the practice fields, the locker room, and the inner sanctum of the meeting rooms.  The legendary plays - good and bad - are relived by the players who were there and who remember in vivid detail everything that happened - even things fans and coaches don't know.

Success and Positive Living Books For Children

Three RobotsIf anyone ever asked me, “Art, when did you first think about writing children’s books?” I could honestly reply, “April 24th, 1979 at the Aim For Your Future Rally at Wing Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I had the honor of appearing on a program with the following speakers.  Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Robert Schuller, Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley, Joe Girard and Marilyn VanDerbur.  You can check any of them out on the internet and you will get a real eyeful.  They are world famous authors and such.  The occasion was the Aim For Your Future Rally held at Wing Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  

We had a full house of 3,500 attendees and during a conversation with these folks on the program I asked the simple question, “Just what do you believe this audience expects from me?”  I got a series of responses but one of them, I can no longer remember who replied, “Art, you have forty five minutes and these people want you to come onstage and say something so powerful, so profound that it will change their lives.” I laughed first and then I replied that it sounded so simple, couldn't they give me something more difficult. I then continued on to say that the secrets of success were so simple that you could teach them to a little child. We were evidently in the rehabilitation business because nobody taught many of us about success when we were children. 

That simple statement seemed to hit everyone present like a club to their head and all of us realized that most of the people in that audience had either gone through painful divorces, losing their jobs, bankruptcy; many were on 12 step recovery programs and such.  “In other words, Art, “one of them added, “They are people just like you and me.”

Well, after that rally, like most of the other speakers, I went home and set out to bring positive living, success concepts to children.

I had a vacation in Europe scheduled with my two teens, Nancy and Daniel and we went to Spain where I wrote my first children’s book The Three Robots. I followed that up with a parenting book and a parade of Three Robot books, and Nick Carter of Earl Nightingale’s company made cassette tapes of all of those books.  Most of the other speakers wrote books, produced CD albums and Marilyn made three movies for teens all in an effort to reach younger folks with the very concepts we were sharing at that Rally.  

Then I started making live presentations in schools for K-12 students, teachers and parents and some folks started calling me "The Wizard of Pos."  We hope we changed a lot of lives. I’m still I trying. It is strange how life sometimes leads us down different paths and each one presents a new adventure.

The guy with the eye in the sky

HelicopterA helicopter pilot with acrophobia? A flyboy who can't stand at the edge of a tall building without panicking? This is Dennis Neubacher, helicopter pilot extraordinaire, former traffic reporter for WJR-AM who now does the morning drive-time report for Channel 7. Despite his fear of heights, he's never been afraid to go up in an airplane or helicopter. And he's been known to cure at least one person of his fear of falling.

Arizona Midday Talks About The City of Maricopa

City of MaricopaThe City of Maricopa was featured on 12 News Arizona Midday! Mayor Christian Price highlighted the great educational opportunities in the City of Maricopa. Click here to read more about education in Maricopa. The information was put together by MEDA, the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance. 

Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media

Journalism EthicsClosely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics—the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles—this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas. Stressing the cross-platform viability of basic ethical principles, this study features a wide selection of case studies penned by professional journalists—including several new additions—that offer examples of thoughtful, powerful, and principled reporting. Cases where regrettable decisions have taught important lessons are also included, providing a new template for analyzing moral predicaments. Examining the similarities and differences between media law and media ethics, this revised edition includes chapters such as "Seek Truth and Report It," "Minimize Harm," "Act Independently," and "Be Accountable." Describing the basic connection between ethical journalism and excellent journalism, this is a lively, succinct, and accessible discussion of how this type of reporting can be morally upheld in the present day, regardless of medium or platform.


Society of Professional Journalists - Code of Ethics

Code of EthicsMembers of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.

The Society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media. 

Raised from the Dead: The Personal Testimony of America's First Evangelical Anchorman

Raised from the Dead - Frank TurnerRaised from the Dead is the personal account of award winning TV news anchor Frank Turner's triumphant journey through abandonment, sexual abuse, drug addiction and three fatal cocaine overdoses. It also includes fascinating insight into his involvement with the Nation of Islam as Louis Farrakhan's former son-in-law. Your image of what a "stonecold, cocaine-junkie-crackhead" looks like probably doesn't include an impeccably dressed, very professional and extremely articulate television anchor delivering your evening news. But it should. For twenty-five years, the life of two-time Emmy award winning broadcaster, investigative reporter and news anchor, Frank Turner, was a roller coaster ride that took him from the heights of achievement to the depths of addiction. With no choice but to build upon his damaged foundation of abandonment, abuse and sexual molestation as a child, Turner simultaneously constructed a brilliant career and a tormented life. Even as he interviewed kings and presidents, mayors and moguls, reported on disasters and major developments of all kinds, gathered and delivered the most exciting news stories from around the world-Frank's most shocking and powerful story was always his own. But it has never been told-until now. Come inside and follow this man's fascinating journey from abused little boy to "America's First Evangelical Anchorman."

Herman McKalpain, Mike Kalush, Frank Turner, Chuck Bowman

Herman McKalpain, Mike Kalush, Frank Turner, Chuck BowmanHerman McKalpain, Mike Kalush, Frank Turner, Chuck Bowman

Never Discount the Impact that Your Life has on others

Supermarket When I asked if everything was alright, she said she had been feeling that her life stood for nothing and she was asking herself the question, “Why am I even here?” I then shared with her that during the week prior I was in the meat department and observed what she did during the course of performing her job. In less than five minutes time, six different people came up to her. Some exchanged friendly greetings, some received hugs and they all left with a smile. I said, “Jen, you made everyone of those person’s days and you do this all the while you’re here at work.” I pointed out that, by itself, is reason enough for anyone to be here. I then said, “Jen your life was all about making other peoples’ days and without you, none of those days would have been made.” At this point, she looked at me and said “thank you,” gave me a hug and her usual smile returned to her face. 

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey Beholden to the Koch Brothers

As if Arizonans didn’t have enough reasons already not to trust gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey when it comes to supporting public schools, now voters have Ducey on tape courting the infamous Koch Brothers, two of the biggest opponents to quality public education.

Grand Trunk Lore

Grand Trunk Railway SystemIn 1859 Young Tom Edison got a job as a news butcher on the Grand Trunk Railroad selling newspapers and candy. He was just twelve years old. He set up a chemistry lab and a printing press on the train. He'd ride the train from Port Huron to Detroit and since he was an avid reader he would often walk up the hill from the depot in Detroit and walk east on Jefferson to the Detroit Public Library. They say he read almost every book they had.  In 1948 I went to work for the Grand Trunk Railroad in Detroit. I would sometimes park my car next to the Detroit train Depot and walk up the hill to Jefferson Avenue and walk east just a block to the General Office of the Grand Trunk.  One of my first duties in the morning was to go to the telegraph office and pick up wire reports on fatal crossing accidents and employee injuries.  When I would go into that office I would imagine Tom Edison the telegrapher sending those wires to me.  I was eighteen and when Tom Edison was eighteen he was a telegrapher. 

Around 1975 I was Employee Communications Officer for Grand Trunk and I had my A-V Production office in Battle Creek. A fellow we called Old Jim would stop into my office occasionally and we would have a chat. Old Jim was around 70 and he talked very British. He was a news butcher and he rode the trains from Port Huron to Battle Creek and then back home. Battle Creek was about half way to Chicago.  Old Jim was a master salesman and he would sell fruit and candy, sandwiches and newspapers, toys and fancy ladies handkerchiefs to passengers and he reminded me of something out of the nineteenth century. We'd often sit and tell stories about Tom Edison.

Sometimes when I lived in Clawson,Michigan I would take a commuter train into Detroit from Birmingham and as I walked up the hill I would imagine that Tom Edison was walking beside me. I felt proud to be working for the same railroad where Tom had begun his career. That was in the early fifties after I had returned from Korea.  I still have a couple of books on Edison on my book shelves in my office and ever so often I read one of them and I must admit, sometimes I can visualize the two of us, Tom and I walking up the hill together from the old train station at the foot of Brush Street at the river.

I-85 Nearby

Drink and DriveI've been sitting here staring at the blank space on my computer for two days now trying to settle in on a subject that might be uplifting but no matter what I try to write it all seems to be just a lead in to those murders in the theatre in Louisiana or on a triple fatality we had recently on Interstate 85. It was a DWI incident involving a 20-year-old UNC student who was driving northbound in the southbound lane on the interstate. Alcohol was involved. One child is dead, one is in critical condition in the hospital and the driver and one other passenger are dead.  The student who was driving alone had an open container of alcohol in his vehicle, a carton of beer, and was hospitalized with non life threatening injuries.  What a tragedy. What a waste.  Alcohol and gasoline do not mix.  That triple fatality occurred just a couple of miles from our home. This is not something six states away or over in Afghanistan.This is just down I-85. I worked in the safety field for 35 years with the railroad, less two with the army, and then another 32 years since I left the railroad. A lot has been done in the schools to discourage drinking and driving among teens and youth but somehow this one fell through the cracks as he completed two years of college... and all I can do about it is say a prayer for those who are hurting and make a vow to find something uplifting for next week.  May God bless America and keep our troops safe and our students too.

Behaviors are Contagious, so do things that are worth Catching

NeighborsI received the following email from a subscriber in response to a recent Reminder titled, “When You do Kind things, People take Notice.” “Ross, I think that we forget that almost always someone else is watching what we do and how we treat others. It might impact them to where they want to emulate us, like the example you shared. It also impacts the tone and mood around us. When my husband and I were first married, we had neighbors that were very close and if I was outside or had the house open, I would often hear them. Unfortunately, they argued all the time and I found it would put me in an irritable frame of mind also. We know that complaining is contagious and so are joy and kindness! If I’m going to be ‘contagious,’ I want to make sure it’s a good thing!” The lesson here is that we’re all contagious, so it’s our responsibility to do things that are worth catching.

The Amazing Story of a 92 Year Old Rape Victim

A friend and long time member of our our Church tells her story to the media.  This is a portion of the video from the CBS 5 station in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ann's courage is evident by her powerful voice and words.  Ann, you are an inspiration to women everywhere.  Ann is 92 years old... 92 years of strength and inspiration.

Given a choice between being right or kind, I find it's better to be kind

Ernie HarwellThe above is a quote from the late Ernie Harwell who was the Detroit Tigers’ play by play broadcaster for 42 years. While broadcasting for the Tigers, he became the most popular sports figure in the state of Michigan and his popularity came from living out the above quote—putting the interest of others before his own. As Jim Price, one of his former broadcast partners put it, "If you met Ernie for the first time, you'd walk away and felt like you were Ernie's best friend." Former Tiger player Alan Trammell agrees. “He (Ernie Harwell) treated everybody with a quality that very few have -- everybody was the same, whether you're the president or somebody on the street." The lesson here is that when you’re kind, people notice. It draws them to you in such a way that they want to be your long time friend. The lives of so many miserable people would be transformed if only they understood this.

The Reckless Tree Incident

Auto ServiceThe other day I had an incident in our front yard involving our big old pine tree and my 2004 Ford Escape vehicle smashing the tail light assembly on the passenger side. 

My guesstimate was around forty bucks but when they looked up the part for me at Auto Zone their computer showed it priced at $119 plus tax and that was not installed. I asked the kind gent if he thought I might find a used one.

He was kind enough to refer me to Isaac Torain,. owner and proprietor of  T & T Auto Service & Repair  on Highway 86 N. in Hillsborough, just down the road a piece.

I drove into his establishment and declared, “A tree has rear ended my vehicle and destroyed the tail light assembly, Sir.”  It took Mr. Torain a few minutes to get adjusted to me. He was working on a truck in his shop. After a nice visit he promised to look up the part and see if he might find a used one for me and, true to his word, he called me the next morning to report that he had located just what I needed at Wagner’s Auto Salvage over at Durham, just down I-40 from us a piece.  I drove over there and picked up  the assembly. Looking brand spanking new it cost me just $35 plus tax and when I brought it back over to Mr. Torain he quickly installed it and graciously accepted $20 for his service. The slogan on his business card was, “Service at reasonable prices.” 

Now if I had taken that into my Ford Dealer for repairs I could just imagine sitting in their air conditioned customers' lounge while they drummed up an estimate that would exceed my deductible. I would have to report it to my insurance company and they would consider it a “moving collision” and they would either cancel my insurance or raise my policy cost for the remainder of my lifetime.

The tree?  Not one little bit of damage.

And you ask me why I love it here in beautiful old Hillsborough, North Carolina.  Well, because of the people like Isaac, that’s why.

George Takei with Joe Connolly and Terry Pochert

Joe Connolly, George Takei and Terry PochertMy hero growing up.  Of all the characters on Star Trek, the person I admired most was George Takei.

 


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Tales from Michigan Stadium

Tales from the Michigan StadiumTales from Michigan Stadium tells the stories of the people who built the tradition of University of Michigan football.  These aren't game recaps from the Sunday paper - These stories come from the players who were involved.  They come from the practice fields, the locker room, and the inner sanctum of the meeting rooms.  The legendary plays - good and bad - are relived by the players who were there and who remember in vivid detail everything that happened - even things fans and coaches don't know.

Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media

Journalism EthicsClosely organized around the Society of Professional Journalists' code of ethics—the news industry's widely accepted "gold standard" of journalism principles—this updated edition uses real-life case studies to demonstrate how journalism students and professionals can identify and reason through ethical dilemmas. Stressing the cross-platform viability of basic ethical principles, this study features a wide selection of case studies penned by professional journalists—including several new additions—that offer examples of thoughtful, powerful, and principled reporting. Cases where regrettable decisions have taught important lessons are also included, providing a new template for analyzing moral predicaments. Examining the similarities and differences between media law and media ethics, this revised edition includes chapters such as "Seek Truth and Report It," "Minimize Harm," "Act Independently," and "Be Accountable." Describing the basic connection between ethical journalism and excellent journalism, this is a lively, succinct, and accessible discussion of how this type of reporting can be morally upheld in the present day, regardless of medium or platform.


Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools All-in-One For Dummies

Adobe Creative Cloud Design Tools for DummiesPacked with more than a thousand pages of content, Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One For Dummies is exactly what you need to get your head in the Creative Cloud. Written by designers for designers, this book is filled with useful information and expert instruction that spans eight minibooks to help you get started with Adobe Creative Cloud, InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Acrobat XI, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, and Fireworks CC. You'll learn the latest graphic design and web development tools, tricks, and techniques; watch your productivity explode; and unleash your creative genius with this valuable resource.

Obergefell v. Hodges: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court: The full text of the Supreme Court case that brought same-sex marriage to the United States [Paperback]

SCOTUSA case which will cause controversy for years to come, Obergefell v. Hodges was the U.S. Supreme Court case that declared same-sex marriage the law of the land. 

This edition of the full text of the Court's ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, also includes all four dissents, written by Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito.

This edition is available in paperback from Amazon.com

100% Employee Engagement--Guaranteed!: A Three Step Formula for Getting More Done and Generating Way More Profit [Kindle Edition]

EngagementThis book presents a new leadership model that guarantees an employee engagement level of 100%. Putting this simple, three-step formula to work in your business—profit or nonprofit—will ensure that 100% of your employees will become engaged with their work—all working to their full potential. As a result, your employees will get more done, have more fun and generate way more profit. 

Rockin' Down the Dial: The Detroit Sound of Radio (From Jack the Bellboy to the Big 8) by David Carson

Rockin' Down the DialMemories of Detroit radio.

The First Phone Call from Heaven: A Novel by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch AlbomFrom the beloved author of the number-one New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most thrilling and magical novel yet—a page-turning mystery and a meditation on the power of human connection. One morning in the small town of Coldwater, Michigan, the phones start ringing. The voices say they are calling from heaven. Is it the greatest miracle ever? Or some cruel hoax? As news of these strange calls spreads, outsiders flock to Coldwater to be a part of it.

By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

Murry - Jeb BushThe American way of life, built on individual liberty and limited government, is on life support.

American freedom is being gutted. Whether we are trying to run a business, practice a vocation, raise our families, cooperate with our neighbors, or follow our religious beliefs, we run afoul of the government—not because we are doing anything wrong but because the government has decided it knows better. When we object, that government can and does tell us, “Try to fight this, and we’ll ruin you.”

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro by Steve Stockman

How to Shoot Video That Doesn't SuckHow to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck is a quick and easy guide that will make your video better instantly-- whether you read it cover to cover or just skim a few chapters.  It's about the language of video. How to think like a director, regardless of equipment (amateurs think about the camera, pros think about communication).  It's about the rules developed over a century of movie-making--which work just as well when shooting a two-year-old's birthday party. Written by Steve Stockman, the director of Two Weeks (2007), plus TV shows, music videos, and hundreds of commercials, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck explains in 74 short, pithy, insightful chapters how to tell a story and entertain your audience. How to shoot video people will want to watch.

 

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