Sharing Good Ideas

Jul. 16, 2019

There are times in life when things do not go our way. With the right attitude, even bad times can be better if you are still alive, that is. Today I was reminded of the loss of John F Kennedy, Jr and revisited my tribute one year ago. You can review it too by clicking "Older" in the bottom right of this page to scroll back to this date last year.

With every person and their story, there is something we can learn to make our own lives and the lives of others better. The story is there for our learning.

I cannot forget the pivotal moment when John should have called a "No-Go" on that fateful day when he crashed his plane, taking him, his wife, and her sisters' lives. I can imagine the pressure he faced knowing the importance of getting to a much-anticipated wedding, especially on the part of his wife and sister-in-law. How do you call off plans like this? 

A good pilot knows that you have to be aware of the weather since planes go where the weather happens. We are taught in aviation training to do a 180 when facing bad weather. Any time you have an essential trip, you should not be a victim of what you cannot control. With today's sophisticated system for planning for uncertainty, we have a fortune on our hands. Ask ourselves some intelligent questions such as, "should we leave early?" "Is there a plan B or plan C?" Timing, along with intelligent decision making, could have prevented the Kennedy tragedy.

Proper planning in all critical areas of life takes a little time, but the rewards can be the difference in life and death. Yes, and that means saying "no" to the ones we love for the sake of love. 

Always remember the responsibility of the one in charge. He or she in charge must take charge. I have believed for a long time that commercial pilots deserve an impenetrable barrier for the cabin of the aircraft since they are the brains of the machine. We can apply the same principle to life in general, can't we?

Jul. 7, 2019

After posting an ad on my Maxous account a few days ago, a great discovery was made which should pique your interest. You may have noticed on this website a link to the website on the "Coming Soon" page. The ad contained a picture of the rare Winners Notebook for which interested persons might search for availability by contacting the site. The discovery was a real bonus for those who are interested in having great and productive ideas sent to their inbox by subscribing to "Earl's Daily Secrets" if you submit your name and email address.

Earl's widow, Diana, continues the legacy of the "Dean of Personal Development." Most people I meet who hear the name, Earl Nightingale, have stored in their memory a familiarity with the name and exposure to some of the over 7000 short radio programs syndicated across America and other free Countries before 1989. Although his voice had a huge impact, just reading the short scripts adds another dimension to learning and meditating on ideas to make us come alive in our "holiday on earth" as Earl calls it. 

Availability of the unique book pictured in the ad is not yet clear as it is not advertised on the site. By contacting and conversing with Diana, I was able to purchase a few copies several years ago. Not all goodies are natural finds because of limited supply.

By all means, check out the site for some of the best writings for free pearls of wisdom.  

Jul. 1, 2019

Today is the 103rd birthday anniversary for Olivia DeHavilland, actress, as Melanie Wilkes in the movie, "Gone With the Wind." Do lengths of life strike your curiosity as to why there is so much disparity in the duration of lives between relatives, acquaintances, and favorite actors? Some die young. Others live in the median while others baffle our imaginations. This day's post calls into question, "How is it that some live so far beyond life expectancy."

Several years ago, I read a book which discusses the mystery of why the life expectancy of around a hundred years is typical. Such matters as diet, exercise, and social activities play a significant part. Genetics also play a role. All ages can feed off each others' offerings and strengths regardless of age differences. 

Do you find it interesting, as I do how that time plays such a significant role in the physical appearance of people? Talking with the elderly can be enhanced by pictures of the younger years. Photography is made much more possible today with modern technology. I know from experience that images can help remember the good times when a loved one has died. Other famous actors who lived to 100 are Bob Hope, George Burns, and Kirk Douglas. Maybe we could learn from them and more personally with someone close to us.

Congratulations to Olivia and her friends and relatives. Remember the good times and savor the moments. By all means, let's spend quality time with others to enhance life for everyone. Count yourself fortunate if you have a centenarian in the family or list of friends. 

Jun. 20, 2019

"Limitations have always been the best friends of architecture." So said, "the Dean of Personal Development," Earl Nightingale. How could that be? Simply this. Per capita, the large cities are limited by ground surface area, which gives rise to the upward design of the skyscrapers. Homesteaders are not so pressured to build high because of an abundance of ground area. 

The stress of thinking our way to excellence allows our minds to become our friend in serving humanity. If we desire more out of life, all we have to do is increase our service either by quantity or quality and preferably both. If for example, we wish for more money, the key is to provide more assistance or a higher quality of service. Everything we earn is from the services (or products) we provide. Want more? Serve more to increase our value.

Accompanying this post is a picture of an artist few in modern times can match in his area of interest. Type "Judson Portzer" into your browser if you are a connoisseur of fine art. I've followed Judson's work for most of his life. What makes his work unique is the power of drive and focus combined with a river of interest and natural talent. If you ever got in a conversation with him one secret he might reveal. He would tell you that he feels as though he should have lived in the period of the Renaissance. Can you explain why? 

Stained glass the old-timey way is quite rare in comparison to computer-generated artwork of today. He has a passion for putting himself into his work as artists have done during a period of long ago. Producing such original and enduring specimens is not cheap and takes time which we seem to have in limited supply. We all may like to get our money's worth, but most settle for economy over uniqueness and rarity. That necessitates the utilization of modern techniques. It's called production. However, If you want one-of-a-kind and something unique and tailored just for you in the old genre, expect to pay more. Today we do like to have something unique that no one else has. It gives us a sense of satisfaction. (to be continued) 

Jun. 16, 2019

Glass ceilings have been around for years. Breaking them is not new. I'm amazed to learn of women who chose to get out of the kitchen every once in a while to follow their dreams. It was a beautiful day in Evergreen, AL when an aviation enthusiast under the shade trees mentions women in aviation. We were discussing the old warbirds of WWII.

History buffs are familiar with "Rosie the Riveter" who labouriously engaged in the war effort while the men were fighting for our freedoms. The informant in our discussion mentioned that some of the women were trained to fly the planes they were building! I'd not ever really thought about that. I found it most interesting, being a student pilot myself. Yes, the women ferried those big brand new planes to their destination before the men got hold of them. 

Since that critical October day, I have since met ladies who were involved in aviation, some during the war. Today some ladies can outfly some of their male counterparts. I wouldn't want to compete with them (the likes of Patty Wagstaff)! They win my respect. Come to think of it; I recall a rare visit to the local airport in Jasper. AL as a teenager and meeting a woman pilot who didn't even have a driver's license to operate a road vehicle. Respectfully, women may not be as braggadocious as men with big egos. They seem to demonstrate power in silence quietly.

Take a look at the picture. In the front of the nose of the B-17G restored flying fortress, "Aluminum Overcast" is a pretty lady as attractive and as vintage looking as the bomber. Look at that hairstyle!

I had an opportunity at the controls of this plane in October of 1995 at Evergreen but was not distracted by the lady. Seriously, I was instructed to bank to the left toward the runway before the landing gear was extended for the final approach. Wonderful experience! If you have the opportunity in any of the 60 cities each year to experience the thrill of flying this aircraft, you will also be donating to a worthy cause while adding to your list of accomplishments.