A Season of Renewal

I was looking through some of my older poems just recently and came upon the following. Somehow it sounded like something we might think about today. A Season of Renewal (c) Art Fettig Perhaps the greatness of America is seasonal in nature. And far too long, we, as a nation, Have languished through a sleepy…

Talents and Opportunities

On a scale from one to ten how would you rate your lifetime achievements so far?  Given that you were blessed with certain talents and that you have made the effort to discover what your talent or talents are, how would you rate your accomplishments to date? What have you done recently to hone those…

I Remember It Well

Recently I looked at the date on my computer and it read April 9th. Memories came gushing into my mind. On April 9th, 1951 I was inducted into the United States Army. My pay for what seemed like a twenty-four hour, seven days a week schedule was $52.50 a month. I believe it was an…

The Musical Wheel

My daughter, Nancy was on the phone today from California and I was at my computer and the small drawer on my computer table was open. It is crammed full of stuff and wonderful memories and as I glanced down I saw this little Musical Wheel. I turned the little stem on the wheel and…

The Tap Dancer

It was 1978 and I was almost fifty. My daughter, Nancy, twenty- two. . I had a booking to do three early morning speeches in the grand ballroom of the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago. They would cram a couple of thousand people in that room for my sessions and I was dedicating every spare…

Squirrels

Squirrels climbed up under the hood of my Ford Escape and chewed up a mess of wires again. AAA sent out one of those long, long hydraulic flatbed rigs to move it to a repair shop. It looked like overkill to me.  Remember when they would use little rigs with chains or a friend could…

A Prison Visit

I went to prison last night here in Hillsborough. It took about fourteen months to get me through that gate but it was worth it.  For me and I truly believe in my heart that for that audience it was a truly memorable experience.  I gave a talk to a group of prisoners in a…

Hyperventilation

I don’t ever want to do those things I ought to do There’s always something new out there for me I swear it’s true There’s something bigger or better or lovelier that I see There’s always something more exciting out there just for me. I find joy in acting, just for this moment, yes You…

Teaching and Learning

I have often heard instructors say that they learn a whole lot more by teaching a subject than the students learn. I gave a three hour presentation in Buffalo recently and as I was speaking I suddenly discovered that I wasn’t in the safety field at all. In fact, I guess I never was in…

Criticism

Here’s how the Chicago Times in 1865 evaluated President Lincoln’s Gettsyburg Address in commenting on it the day after its delivery. “The cheek of every American must tingle with shame as he reads the silly, flat and dish-watery utterances of a man who has to be pointed out to intelligent, foreigners as President of the…