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…

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…