How The Years Fly Bye

Jean and I will have been married over 90 years as you read this. (Not all of those years to each other.) I was married 39 years previously and she was 35 years. May 19th we will have been married 16 years together. We met online. I lived in Battle Creek, Michigan and she lived…

Fog

We were driving to Metro Airport in Detroit from a visit to Battle Creek and fog set in. At first there were other cars in front and in back of me and with that group around me visibility really wasn’t a problem.  Then the cars in front pulled off and as I drove ahead it…

Just a Poem

I was preparing for a local presentation I would be doing soon to celebrate April as a month that pays tribute to poets. As I stared at the wall of my office I started wondering if any poem I might have written had had any positive impact on this world. Then I noticed that beautiful…

For the Cause

Herb True PhD from Notre Dame was my mentor.  One time he walked onstage at a huge convention with a pistol and fired blanks  several times in the air and he said, “Nobody sleeps during my session.”  I would guess that Herb did about four thousand live presentations in his life time and nobody ever slept.…

Failures

Today, I had a flashback to a powerful scene near the end of the movie Schuler’s List. World War II had ended and now the scene shows Schuler about to depart the plant where he had saved hundreds of lives by buying back the lives of his workers.  Now penniless, as he is about to…

Safety Is Our #1 Priority…Almost

Sounds good, doesn’t it?  Looks good too in print on the list of corporate objectives but it doesn’t bring in those multi-million dollar bonuses to Corporate presidents or CEO’s..  Cutting costs, making profits, paying dividends, and furthering your own career are factors to figure into that #1 Priority and quite often it turns out that…

Selling Safety in Corporate America

If you don’t toot your horn then who will?  One of the many schemes I employed when I worked for a corporation was to team up with a fellow who headed a different department.  We were in charge of each others PR.  When he or his department did something worth cheering then I lead the…

Do’s and Don’ts of Safety

When you cut all the way down to the quick then you might say that safety consists mostly with a whole mess of do’s and don’ts. When I began working for the railroad they had a big, thick rule book and the transportation people had to read and to write the entire rule book every…

Discontent

Thomas Edison once said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” As I ponder this thought I look back and see that most of our world’s progress occurred because some folks, somewhere, had a burr under their saddle. My career was certainly wedged out from a raging discontent with employer’s apparent disregard for the safety…

What if?

What if this was my company and I was in charge of safety? “MONTCOAL, W.Va. (April 5) — The blast occurred around 3 p.m. at Massey Energy Co.’s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine as nine miners on a vehicle that takes workers in and out of the mine were leaving, said Kevin Stricklin, agency administrator…