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Thought for the Week – Sandy Hook

Posted on December 17, 2012 under Thoughts for the Week.




Massacre of the innocents: Stop handguns before they stop you #guns #PrayforNewtown


What happened at Sandy Hook has rendered a normal blog post irrelevant. 

I am not a religious person, but I pray this disaster gives all of us the courage to demand change and  I pray that none of us go back to life as we know it until changes are made.

Twenty 6 and 7 year old children  -   as a society, we failed them.

Six adults who gave their lives  protecting ”their”  children  -  as a society, we failed them.

I believe in the Constitution and all of us have the right to interpret the First and Second Amendments as we like, but they are not absolutes.  

I do not have any answers and as much as I would like to, I am not going to blame Hollywood, our mental health system, or even the NRA;  but, as a society, we  must say enough is enough.

Praying is not enough; hugging our children and telling them how much we love them is not enough; we must have the courage to get involved and  to stand up and demand change.

Perhaps re-visiting our policy of easy access to semi-automatic assault rifles might be a good place to start?

I thought Joe Scarborough’s piece from this morning’s show was excellent:

Have a great week, thanks for letting me get jump up on my ‘soap box’, and remember to  pay it forward.

Craig McConnell, President





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Thoughts for the Week

Posted on December 9, 2012 under Thoughts for the Week.


The end of should

Banks should close at 4, books should be 200 pages long, CEOs should go to college, blogs should have comments, businessmen should be men, big deals should be done by lawyers, good food should be processed, surgeons should never advertise, hit musicians should be Americans, good employees should work at the same company for years…

Find your should and make it go away.***



Craig McConnell, President


***from Seth Godin’s blog


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Thoughts for the Week

Posted on December 2, 2012 under Thoughts for the Week.


Oprah Winfrey

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.” 

I certainly hope this isn’t the case, but if  you’re struggling with things to be thankful for, here’s a simple list to help you start your week.********

  1. You are alive.
  2. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  3. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash
  4. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  5. You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  6. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  7. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  8. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  9. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  10. You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned and survived.
  11. You often worry about what you’re going to do with your life – your career, your family, the next step, etc. – which means you have ambition, passion, drive, and the freedom to make your own decisions.
  12. You live in a country that protects your basic human rights and civil liberties.
  13. You are reasonably strong and healthy – if you got sick today, you could recover.
  14. You have a friend or relative who misses you and looks forward to your next visit.
  15. You have someone with whom to reminisce about ‘the good old days.’
  16. You have access to clean drinking water.
  17. You have access to medical care.
  18. You have access to the Internet.
  19. You can read.

Make it a great week, pay it forward and remember:  if there are more than two people in a room, politics is in play; Play the game, but play with HIGH integrity.



Craig McConnell, President


****from the blog of Marc and Angel Hack – Practical Tips for Productive Living



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