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San Juan, Puerto Rico: November 30, 2011

Puerto RicoWe'd experienced a memorable cruise of the Caribbean and we were spending a few days in San Juan.  We toured some and on our last night there we attended a concert by the famous flamenco guitarist Juan Carlos Garcia.  For many years he had played on cruise ships moving from ship to ship with evening concerts. Now his audiences came to him. His show included exotic flamenco dancers and although he had aged, his fingers still flew over the strings of his guitar so that you could barely see them at times.  What a wonderful memory of that Island.  

As I followed the news of Hurricane Maria I felt so helpless watching as the entire island was hit with such fury, then as the storm advanced my heart went out to everyone on that defenseless island and I started thinking about storms like that one and how blessed we are in North Carolina so far this season. 

We have a native Puerto Rican named Victor restoring our decks this week.  We talked briefly yesterday about the impending storm. He is a minister and a believer that the beginning of the end of the world is at hand when considering natural disasters, terror, crime, strife between nations. And as I watched TV for hours of reports on that storm, of the damage and destruction of so many homes, of the roads, of the flooding, the mountain mud slides, the loss or power on the entire island I decided that, yes, for the people of Puerto Rico, it truly was the end of their world as they knew it and I prayed for a long time before I drifted off to sleep.  May God Bless Puerto Rico and all of its people and give them the means and the strength to overcome. 

There’s a Lot of Kindness in Our World

TransformerNicole Moran Proulx from Fleming Island, Florida posted the following on Facebook: “I evacuated from Florida to Georgia for Hurricane Irma. On my way back home, on the interstate in Georgia, I came upon a long line of power company bucket trucks. It took a minute to realize it was an unfamiliar logo on the truck doors. Then I looked at the license plates. Iowa! The linemen in these bucket trucks had left their homes and came all this way to help us down here. I just started crying. Thank you so much. As Mr. Rogers said, ‘Look for the helpers.’ I saw the helpers yesterday. Good people, thank you so much!” According to the comments on Ms. Proulx’s post, trucks and workers were also sent from California, Wyoming, Illinois and Wisconsin, just to mention a few. There’s a lot of kindness going on our world. All we need to do is look around to see it. 

Remembering Greg

Greg BraytonWhen I perform monthly at our local Senior Day Care Center I share the songs I've written that Greg Brayton and I recorded from 1997- 2001. There were 57 songs in all and it was one of the happiest, most creative experiences of my lifetime. I would take my sows ear set of lyrics and a tune in my head over to the studio arriving at 9 a.m. and just about three hours later Greg and I would shake hands, I'd get into my Red Explorer and drive home with thetape player blasting what seemed like a silver purse of a song from the cassette we'd just completed.   

Talk about synergism!-the act of taking two elements and creating something else-, it was like my teaming up with Greg in a joint effort and doing magic math. To me it was like 1+1= 47  or 153 or 7,692. In Greg's studio my mind would spin. Some mornings I would sit out in Greg's parking area trying to build up the courage to take my sorry offering inside.  It was as if Greg's genius, together with his magical synthesizers, offered just about any concept of music my wild imagination might conjure up. Once it was a Salvation Army Band on the corner.  Another time an old blues piano man in a smokey bar. A karaoke singer in a sleazy club. A bunch of rockers with a couple of motorcycles roaring around the studio. Church bells. A church choir. Strings, violins -lots of violins - and then full string sections for background. Male and female duets with all voices coming from Greg.  He was a screeching Edith Bunker or the sweet voice in a tender love song. 

Greg cranked out unique arrangements on the spot. When we recorded my patriotic song America is So Beautiful, Greg brought tears to my eyes. Recording my song "If I Loved You Any More You'd Be My Dog," made us work overtime that day because we were actually rolling around on the studio floor with uncontrolled laughter.

One day I brought in what I think is one of my best songs titled "I Just Love Wakin' Up With You." I asked Greg to just sing it without a background and then vamp in a guitar background.  Greg insisted that that was not the way he recorded songs. He explained that he first he had to lay in a background, some rhythm, and some actual music line he could follow while singing. We discussed this for some time and I finally yelled out a challenge, "Greg, you are chicken.  You can do anything if you just try it!"

Greg walked over to the area where he recorded the vocals and sang right through that entire song without musical background. He then went back with just his guitar and played the most beautiful musical vamping behind the lyrics one could imagine. He did both of these without a single error. Everything was on key and he did it in one take. I love that song and the way Greg did it.  It gives me goose bumps. 

Every time I pick up a CD now I think about Greg. He was a loving, caring man and his greatest joy in addition to family was performing in the Coldwater United Methodist Church in Coldwater, Michigan where he served as Director of the Praise Band and continued to be involved with the music program for the 12 long years after he was diagnosed with cancer.  At his funeral the church was packed with his fans who loved him and many more stood outside. At a couple of stores in town the signs on their windows read, "Gone to Greg's Funeral."

I wish that everyone might experience a Greg Brayton in their lifetime. 

Storms and Sentiments

HurricansSitting here in our peaceful home located in Hillsborough, North Carolina half way between the Blue Ridge mountains and the Atlantic Ocean watching weather reports recently as I have gone through varying degrees of interest.  Although I possess some love and concern for all Americans I am especially concerned with the safety and good health of my family.  Especially me.  

When Hurricane Irma was classified as a Cat 5 headed for Miami and predicted to hit Georgia and South Carolina and North Caroline my ears pricked up.  I turned to the 24 hour weather news and followed Irma's progress.  Hour by hour I checked in for the latest news.  It was late when I finally went to sleep Thursday night and on Friday when I awoke around 10:30 a.m. my wife, Jean said, "The predictions have changed. Irma is expected to march through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and on to an extended path toward Missouri as she weakens.  If she does we will just get a lot of rain, maybe. But remember, Irma has the right to change her mind."

My interest waned. I thought of that quote that goes something like, "It all depends on whose ox is being gored." I turned and thought, "It all depends on whose state is being battered." and then on to "Whose home is being flooded or blown away."  To, "What's the matter with you Art, can't you feel pain and concern and compassion for all of God's creatures?"  So I shut off my computer and went upstairs to ride my stationary bicycle and pray for all humankind.

Costco Cares About its Employees and it Shows

CostcoOne of my favorite places to shop is Costco Wholesale. The store nearest to my home opened nearly 30 years ago. What impresses me most about the place is that some of the employees who were working there the day this store opened are still there! Furthermore, they’re still smiling, greeting you with enthusiasm and are still happy to be there. So, I did some checking to find out why and here’s what I found: Costco pays incredibly well and the benefits for employees are great. In addition, Costco promotes from within—70% of its managers started behind the register. Costco also operates with a culture of caring rather than a culture of fear—employees are not afraid of their managers or their CEO. On top of this, the store is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas so their employees can enjoy these holidays like the rest of us. As one Costco employee recently told me, “There’s nobody here who will complain about their job because there’s nothing to complain about.” So, what’s the payoff for all this caring? Costco is ranked number 15 on the Fortune list of The World’s Most Admired Companies. All this makes you wonder why more businesses don’t operate this way.

A Flight Attendant Who Specializes in Making People’s Days

Operation Freedom BirdLaurie Liss is a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines who spends a good portion of her life making people’s days. According to an article by Lorraine Bailey which appeared in Southwest: The Magazine, “Laurie gives handmade travel pillows to active military members and veterans. When she flies, she carries a dozen of them in her bag. In November, Laurie will be part of Operation Freedom Bird, a trip bringing a group of Vietnam veterans on a healing trip to Washington, D.C. Laurie also participates in local projects to make superhero capes for kids with medical conditions.” Why does she do this? In her own words, “I’ve learned that you get back what you put in. Even small gestures can make a big difference in a Customer’s day.” We should all aspire to live our lives like Laurie. 

Today

Don't forget.There are a lot of wonderful quotes around expressing the idea that all we have is today. That is becoming more and more important to me with each passing moment as I race forward into my third childhood.  It seems that recently not a day passes without my reflecting on that question coming up again, "What haven't I done with this day that I should have or might have done?"  

Exercise.  I write that down on my list every morning and often I find it is already 10 PM and I haven't done anything but ride my stationary bicycle for twenty minutes. There are five other things I try to do involving standing, laying on the floor, standing against a door jam, using light weights and walking. When I do them all my agility improves. 

Mind exercises. I do some memory exercises during the day, perhaps while walking. I used to take long walks and run through my speech material reciting one story after another mentally. If I was in a secluded spot I might do them out loud working on the rhythms and timing or the vocal varieties such as a whisper or a shout. When I go to bed I sometimes see if I can remember the titles of the sixty or so songs that I have written.  Last night I got to fifty seven. When I was really doing a lot of speaking I used to remember the names of up to a hundred different bits, or clumps or vignettes. They were speech segments, most lasting about seven minutes or so. Over the years my dear friend, Terry Pochert, who has done my video presentations for our clients, has captured about thirty or more of those.

Contacts. For some reason I don't do much on Facebook. When I was playing that character Almost Andy as an Andy Griffith look alike a lot of strangers flocked to my Facebook site but I never explored it. Soon it seemed to me to be a place where others met to exchange conversations that I was in no way involved in. I never took the time to figure Facebook out. I still keep in touch with others by e-mail or by this Monday Morning Memo.  

Like most old dogs I have observed over the years, I am not learning a whole lot of new tricks.  Trouble is I am forgetting a whole lot of the old ones.

San Francisco’s Hottest Restaurant Also Serves Up Second Chances

CalaCala is a chic, high-end Mexican Restaurant located in downtown San Francisco that’s drawing rave reviews from food critics and patrons alike. While Cala has generated an amazing amount of buzz since it opened in 2015, what makes its story even more compelling is that 40 percent of its staff is made up of formerly incarcerated individuals. The idea to hire these people was the brainchild of Cala’s General Manager, Emma Rosenbush. Prior to getting into the restaurant business, she spent three years at a nonprofit organization called the Berkeley Prison Law Office. It was there she realized that the lack of post-prison employment opportunities was the reason more than 50 percent of these formerly incarcerated individuals wound up back in prison. At this point, Ms. Rosenbush decided that if she ever had the opportunity to hire some of these former convicts, she would. When she went to work for Cala, she reached out to these former convicts through her previous employer and the San Francisco Adult Probation Department and used them to assemble the restaurant’s new staff. It took a lot of extra training because many of these people had no previous restaurant experience but in her opinion, it has been worth the effort. Her fledgling employees have become restaurant professionals and are now moving up through the ranks and staking out careers in the restaurant business. Whenever Ms. Rosenbush reflects on this she says, “It makes me tear up; it’s so radical.” What a wonderful challenge this restaurant has taken on. If you would like to read more about this wonderful restaurant, click on this link.

Horse Manure and Journalism

ReporterI just made up a new game that I play when I listen to political newscasts.  I try hard to play it silently.  Whenever a reporter cites an unidentified high level source from anywhere, I say to myself, (Horse Manure!) and I smile. What they are saying is, "I can't verify this folks, but isn't it cute or interesting?"  Or when a reporter says, "A number of people are asking..." Again I say, "Horse Manure!"  That is about the same as saying, "I was just wondering..."

You can use your own retorts. "Horse Manure!" isn't really mine. I don't think that  there are any standards or ethics or reliability or even much truth involved in many of the alleged news broadcasts today. The news is driven by ratings. High ratings bring in more advertising revenue.  I often believe that imagination run wild and rumors just wishes are the basis of many stories. Once you become convinced that it is all a little game that is going on twenty four hours a day ad nauseam you might consider a new hobby to spend your time away from the screen. How about writing a blog?

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A Flight Attendant Shows Us Things Are Not as Bad as We Think They Are

Southwest AirlineWhen I became a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, I thought I'd be dealing with nothing but jerks, unruly passengers and so forth, but I soon came to realize, those are just the highlighted stories you hear about via the media. In reality, those types of incidents only happen every few months or even longer after having dealt with tens of thousands of good people who are also nice. I was surprised by this ratio—with how many kind acts I witness everyday I'm at work compared to the unkind acts that get reported in the media. Passengers regularly bring us thank you notes, candy and gifts. In addition, they help each other with their bags, giving up their seat without being asked for a couple or a family, buying their neighbor's drinks, making new friends and so forth. I honestly feel like I'm seeing kind behavior MORE often lately and it makes my heart so full. I was getting a little overwhelmed with all the negativity on my Facebook feed, but after seeing so many kind acts during my recent trip for work, I was reminded that I have a major crush on this world and all the kind people in it. Let's stop giving the hate and fear any mention or fame at all and focus on all the kind acts that are continually going on around us. 

Love Sweet Love

Love CandlesOnce again there seems to be a whole lot of anger and hatred traveling around this nation of ours.  What is that old slogan, "Divide and conquer?" Yes that's it. Well, it appears to me that we are a nation becoming more and more divided, not just politically in Washington where so many of our so called "leaders" are spouting off on all of the people and the things they are against but in the daily signs that we are becoming divided socially - by race, by religion, by age groups and within our very family structures. I'm reminded of that old song that went, "What the world needs now, is love sweet love. That's the only thing there's just too little of."

In 1992 I wrote a book titled "Love is the Target." It was a challenge to myself and to the whole world to become more loving in our lives. I don't know about you, our readers, but today I am going to make a real effort to become more loving. God Bless.  

Earl Pochert's Last Letters Before His Death at the Battle of the Bulge

Earl Pochert - Port Hope, MichiganDuring a very complicated battle near the end of World War II, American forces advanced toward Germany in a very intense war called the Battle of the Bulge.  The lives lost were many and included my uncle, Earl Pochert.

In a letter written to his brother and sister-in-law (my parents), Earl wrote about the “hell” of war.

Earl Pochert died on January 3, 1945, (the actual date is a bit uncertain because of the nature of the deaths and the ability to identify the bodies).  The following letter was written on December 27, 1944.  This was just a few days before he died.

To my understanding, the letter took some time to arrive in the United States most likely well after the notification of his death to his parents (my grandparents) .  You can image the emotion of the readers.

The letter was talked about before my enlistment in the Air Force.  My parents stressed the importance of the pledge that I made when enlisting.  I'm sure this letter and the fact that myself and my brother, Kurt Pochert, who entered the Navy, made a big impact on their concern for their sons.

Some Airline Employees Really do Care

Southwest AirlineI was reading the Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine during a recent flight from Chicago to Phoenix when a “praising letter” from a Southwest passenger caught my attention. The letter, from Delores Sutton who was traveling in a wheel chair, said such good things about Southwest Airlines that I wanted to share it with you. It went, “Dear Southwest, Recently I was waiting to board a connecting flight and had been rushed to the gate just in time for boarding. I asked Southwest Captain Mark Greising, who was standing behind me, if he knew the length of the flight. I wondered if I had time to get something to eat before takeoff because I had been on another lengthy flight and wanted to pick up a sandwich. Another passenger offered me one of his nutrition bars, which I declined. At that time, Capt. Greising asked me what my favorite sandwich was. When I looked back, he was gone. He returned with a delicious sandwich for me and refuse to accept any money. This was totally a surprise and one that I won’t forget. Mark Greising is another reason why I continue to fly Southwest Airlines for all my travel needs.” This is a great example of how all airlines should be run.

Broken Glasses

Eye Glasses The wife of my old music partner had made arrangements for me to visit a women's  maximum security prison and do an inspirational talk for the prisoners. In the past I had done half a dozen talks at prisons and I always felt that I learned something on such visits.

The prison had a nice big assembly room and every seat in the auditorium was filled.  After my introduction I began my speech and it was going just fine.  Of course there were guards standing right up front and at all of the exits and it all seemed rather intimidating.

I reached for my glasses which I had sitting on a little table on the stage and somehow I dropped them.  One of the lenses just popped right out.

I simply looked out at the audience and asked, “Who will try to fix my glasses for me?"

 After a long pause one of the older women who was sitting in the front row reluctantly raised her hand and I walked to the front of the stage and signaled for her to come forward and take the glasses.

Three guards came rushing forward to protect me from that sweet old lady.

I negotiated with them and managed to hand her the parts.

She sat down and examined the glasses and said, “A screw is missing.”

One of the other prisoners sitting in the front row said, “I see it.” And she stood up and tried to approach the stage but those three guards appeared again and stopped her.

Evidently the guards were just doing their jobs.  Again we negotiated.  The girl retrieved the screw, handed it to the other prisoner who was working on my glasses and went back and sat down.

I went back to my speech and a couple of minutes later the lady signaled me that she had my glasses fixed.

We negotiated again with those three guards and she gave me my glasses.  I thanked her and asked her name.

“Bonnie,” she said, “Like in Bonnie and Clyde.”

The audience roared.

“Yeah, I've read about you."  I said, playfully.  They laughed again..

“Thank you Bonnie.” I said, “Without those glasses I would not have been able to read a poem I had planned.  In fact, you just saved me a real mess because without you I could not have gone on.  Let’s give Bonnie a nice round of applause…no, hold it. Bonnie has saved the day. I want you all to join me in giving Bonnie a standing ovation.  Everybody up.”  They all stood up and I led the applause.

Bonnie just stood there looking out at that audience with the darndest look on her face.  She was absolutely dumbfounded.

Later I found out that Bonnie had been one of their most uncooperative prisoners and she was serving a life term for murder.

A few days later I gave Sally a few books and poems autographed to Bonnie and a couple of months later Sally told me that Bonnie had really changed for the better following that meeting. I learned that after that standing ovation she had changed her attitude about herself. She had become somebody special. 

How many people go through their entire life without ever receiving one standing ovation?  Close your eyes and listen. I'm giving you one right now.

Herman McKalpain, Mike Kalush, Frank Turner, Chuck Bowman

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My double-headed stringless banjo adventure

DrumsI saw it listed in a senior's programs booklet. "Share Your Songs". I drove over to Chapel Hill to their Senior Center and met two young (by my standards but old by most's,) gentlemen with guitars.  The notice said to bring our acoustic instruments.

Are finger bongos an "acoustic instrument"? As opposed to electronic drums I guess they are but some folkish music followers sway towards the early Grand Old Opry tradition of banning drums from their stage.  I just said "This is my double-headed stringless-banjo" and they smiled friendly smiles, probably in deference to my obvious aging. What a joy it was watching these two gents having so much fun and producing such wonderful music individually and then together. Stringlessly,  I stumbled through the lyrics of a couple of my songs and they were most patient and kind.

What a laid back relaxing way to spend a joy filled hour and a half. I was hummin' all the way home.  

Advice for Enjoying Life from a Bartender

Good DayOn a recent Monday evening, my wife was working late and I was too tired to cook. So, I went to a broiler and tap near my home for my favorite sliders. Since I was alone, I sat at the bar and placed my order with the bartender whose name was Rachel. After I placed my order, I asked her how her day was going. She responded with, “Living the dream.” I then asked if she was serious or being facetious. She emphatically came back with, “If I don’t enjoy every day of my life, I make changes.” I thought, “Wow, what an answer!” Rachel didn’t sit around and whine, mope or feel sorry for herself if she didn’t like where her life was leading. Instead, she took charge and made the necessary changes to make her life enjoyable again. We would all do well to follow her advice.

WXYZ Newsroom circa 1980s

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Bishop Steve and Barb Talmage - Retires as Bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod

Barb and Steve TalmageSpecial Day as we honor Bishop Talmage and Barb, wishing them well as he retires as Bishop and they start their new commission at Love of Christ in Mesa.

Just a side note:  In the background sitting with coffee is Ruth Wootten.  When this picture appeared on Facebook a comment was made by Alan Field, "Ruth Wootten sitting in the background was my Sunday School teacher back in the days when it was Good Shepherd."

FuelMaker/IMPCO Announce New Warranty Policy and Price Changes on Electronics Modules

On July 2nd FuelMaker announced changes to its warranties.  Compressors will no longer be pro-rated byhours used and the warranty will no longer cover any mileage, shipping or labor costs. New equipment will be covered for 1 year and compressors in new units will be covered for 1500 hours of operation. Rebuilt parts will be covered for 3 months and rebuilt compressors will be covered for 12 months or 1000 hours. FuelMaker will no longer include any travel, mileage, labor or shipping in the warranty coverage. All electronics modules are now increasing in price, from $153.00 to $413.00 over previous price depending on model.

People Remember Acts of Kindness

BlueberriesI grew up in southwestern Michigan where a lot of farms grow blueberries. My cousin Chris grew up there too and then moved to central Illinois where no farms grow blueberries. Every year during blueberry season Chris would go back to Michigan to visit her parents and she would bring blueberries back to central Illinois to share with her friends. She has since moved back to Michigan. Recently, she posted a memory from six years ago on Facebook. Here’s how it read: “Just got back from Michigan with blueberries.... Had almost 800 pounds that I delivered. Dad can't figure out why I put myself through it each year, however this year the berries are wonderful.” One of her friends commented: “We just got back from Michigan and we brought back blueberries. I thought of you and what a labor of love it was for you to bring back blueberries for all of us.” Chris’ response was, “I enjoyed every minute!!!!” Another friend posted, “I miss you too and those blueberries you brought us!!!!” What this example illustrates is that not only do people remember acts of kindness, they remember the people who performed them as well.

Courage

LighthouseIt takes real courage to work in the safety field.

Sometimes resistance is coming at you from all directions at the same time.

Here is something I wrote some time ago in my book Serenity! Serenity! Living the Serenity Prayer.

Courage - © Art Fettig

Courage---That stuff of which 
Heroes and heroines are made. 
God, I need a ton of it 
And more for what I must soon do. 
To change those things I can--- 
Courage---that will be a start. 
The courage to live my life, 
Twenty-four hours at a time. 
The courage to face the next moment, 
The next day.  
And God, if you will renew that courage 
On a daily basis then I can make a good life of it.

Longfellows

PoetryI'm a poet, my feet show it. They're Longfellows.

I've been called a lot of strange things in my career but not since high school has anyone referred to me as a poet. Not so lately. Last Saturday I attended a meeting of our local Orange Dog Poets. Tuesday I went to the Nash Street Tavern open mike session and read some of my poetry. Early Wednesday morning I read some of my poetry on a local radio show that can be heard worldwide on the net. Thursday we picked up yesterday's mail and the local News of Orange Newspaper, and in the Poets Corner they published my poem on Loving America.  Friday I will be including some of my poetry in a presentation I'll be making at our Senior Center.  I have been including my poems in most of my presentations nearly all of my career as a professional speaker, that being for the past 45 years. I've considered myself a lot of things but never really a "poet."  I think most real poets will agree that I am not really a "poet."  I'm more of a rhymer who works with rhythm. Early this morning the thought hit me that "A poet can write anything he wants to.  There are no rules."

The power of that statement nearly floored me. I went on to say
Oh, a poet could write most anything she wants to.
Foolish, schoolish, unsound….profound
And the words of her selection, might sway a close election
Or cause an insurrection
A phrase unfurled, might change the world.
That's enough on the subject. (Applause) 

 


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If you believe that by giving, you also receive, then this is a book that will explain how to "kick it up a notch".  The idea behind the platinum rule is really quite simple, but must be adhered to in the manner described. Try it and see what happens! 

Author's Dedication: To all of the wonderful people I've met who have already discovered the awesome power of The Platinum Rule by practicing it in their lives.  And to all those who will discover The Platinum Rule and have the courage and the heart to practice it.

 

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