Aren’tchaglad?

Aren’tchaglad you’re not working in Washington, D.C. right now? Aren’tcha? And aren’tchaglad you’re not a commentator on one of those TV news shows where they line up a mess of broadcasters or so called experts and they all talk at the same time? Aren’tchaglad? Huh? And aren’tchaglad life is so sweet that you never ever…

The Binge

I’ve been on a binge for over a month now and it just beginning to show some positive results. I’ve been working on a booklet tentatively titled “Stuff I Wrote”. One by one I have sorted all of the books or booklets I have written in the past fifty five years or so.One or two…

Art and Jean Fettig

Aunt Jean

My wife, Jean, just celebrated her 82nd birthday and the cards and candy and flowers and phone calls and the messages on Facebook – they were inspiring. Some of those messages written on the cards were so sweet they might make a grown man cry. I’ve noticed that some folks without even a hint of…

The Upstairs Room

In our home located just a couple of stone throws outside the quaint and growing town of Hillsborough, NC I have an upstairs room. Until just recently I seldom went upstairs and that was just to get something I have hiding up there or else to play my set of drums. I seldom play more…

Aha!

Have you ever experienced an AHA! moment in your life? It is a time when you learned a great truth that might influence your entire future.  I had such a moment one day in February in 1961. I was attending my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. I arrived early and I walked up to the…

I’ve Still Got Rhythm

My first musical instrument was a telephone book. It was a hefty instrument being from Detroit, Michigan. I bought a pair of jazz brushes and sat down on a stool right next to the old seasoned piano in the basement of the home of a guy named Pat Boyer and we would play for hours…

Speechless

It was December 15th, 1989, my final speech booking of my busiest year yet as a professional speaker and I was booked for a full day of speeches in the Catskill Mountains in New York. Here is how Dennis H McLean, Superintendent of their Margaretville, New York School summed it up. “Dear Art, Our school…

Just A Nudge

My daughter, Nancy, phoned today to say that she had been reading through the achieves of our newsletters and one article about how I called John Burdakin, the Vice President and then soon to be President of Grand Trunk Western Railroad and asked if he would come to Kalamazoo with me and visit our employee…

Stayin’ Alive

Recently somebody asked me,”Art, what are your goals for 2017?” and I began singing that old Bee Gee’s song from 1977, “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive, stayin alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin alive.” When you ask a little kid how old he is he will hold up four fingers and say, “I will…

Let There Be Peace

“Let There Be Peace On Earth: And Let It Begin With Me.” Vince Gill recorded that song years ago and every Christmas that song comes to my mind. Peace is very popular at Christmastime.”Peace be with you.” “And to you too, Brother.” I visited an Alzheimer facility recently and approached a middle aged man who…