Memorial Day

Memorialized
Memorialized

This morning I took my daughters to Hillcrest Memorial Park. On the way we discussed the sacrifice of so many, and what that sacrifices means to us individually. I expected to find the miniature flags at the headstones, but I was blown away at the display that was put on with no less that 700 American flags on display. I found myself incredibly moved and so grateful for these warriors as I reflected on my Warrior and the sacrifice that He made for my freedoms.

In addition to all the flags, one in particular, shown on “Hero” is especially important as it’s the flag at the headstone of my father-in-law, Gary Fixsen. It was a good day with my girls.

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Rainey Creek Falls

Falls No. 2
Falls No. 2

One weekend I took my girls for a hike to Rainey Falls. The forest and streams were so lush, a friend of mine compared it to a walk in Jurassic Park. Great hike that is “family friendly” with beautiful sights to be seen. Pack a lunch and enjoy the time outside.

See the other 10 photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

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Hwy. 238

McKee Bridge
McKee Bridge

While driving on Hwy. 238 on my way out to church or for work, I started to notice some of the barns, buildings and flowers. So I took a Friday morning to grab some photos of some of these historic buildings.

See the other 13 photographs in this set on Flickr here or view the Slideshow. Then come back – I always appreciate your comments and feedback.

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Thank You

Memorial DayWhat is a Veteran?

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life.

What is a Veteran?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg – or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul’s ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn’t run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She – or he – is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another – or didn’t come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat – but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other’s backs.

He is the parade – riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean’s sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket – palsied now and aggravatingly slow – who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being – a person who offered some of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That’s all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, “THANK YOU”.

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.”

Father Denis Edward O’Brien/USMC

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job (Review)

Of the three Lencioni books I’ve read so far, this was my least favorite. That’s not to say I didn’t like the book, just that it wasn’t my favorite. As with his previous books, the first three-quarters are a fable – a story, that demonstrates the problems, the process of defining and implementing the solution as well as some potential difficulties you may encounter in your use of the solution(s). The remainder of the book is dedicated to the practical explanation and tips for implementation.

For the first time, the fable for this book seemed a bit farfetched, but perhaps that’s do to my limitations rather than reality. Although I did appreciate that my home town of Eugene, OR got a shout out in the story.

The premise of the book is that and his model, unless there is relevance (who are you and your work important to), measurable aspects of your job (how do you ‘know’ if you did a good job today) and a lack of anonymity (the folks you work with need to know you and you need to know them) your job will be less than fulfilling – even miserable.

While the principles may seem simplistic, the real challenge, in my opinion, is the implementation and definition of each of these traits for each of the staff you’re working with. To his credit he give more explanation to this point in the story than he does in previous books. Also, there are several supporting tools available on his website The Table Group.

My Rating 3 out of 5.

Death by Meeting – (Review)

For as much as I liked 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (the first Lencioni book I read), I liked this one even more. Not only does he have a great ability in storytelling, but I also started to notice that the principles he’s presenting also help shape the book. This was a great read that is super practical. you can very easily and quickly begin to see how you could begin to incorporate the ideas in to your work schedule. I highly recommend this book.

My Review: 5 out of 5.  Whereas the last book I was reading took weeks to finish, I finished this in just a few days. Great storyline – even better principles for your professional life. If you meet with folks on any kind on a regular basis, this is a must read.

Facebook Provides New Resource for Non-Profits (Repost)

Facebook just got better for non-profits. The most popular social network announced its launch of a new resource center specifically designed to support not-for-profit organizations. Non-Profits on Facebook offers several tutorials, open discussions, and educational materials that help non-profits raise awareness and funds via Facebook.

Up until now, Facebook hasn’t quite provided non-profits a clear path to utilizing the network effectively. This is an exciting new step for organizations looking to improve their cause-marketing initiatives through social media.

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In fact, as part of the resource center, Facebook published a “Getting Started” guide that includes both set-up instructions in addition to best practices for using the network and connecting with online communities.

In a recent study from Idealware, approximately 53% of non-profits use Facebook and update their profiles regularly. In addition, 80% of those surveyed think it’s working to enhance relationships and reach new supporters. Facebook’s new resource center might help turn some of these thinkers into more confident knowers regarding the effectiveness of social media for non-profit causes.

The new resource center already has more than 411,000 Likes, and the trend continues to climb upward.

Marketing Takeaway

Establishing new relationships and growing supporters are huge undertakings for non-profits. Because of this, having an end-to-promotional strategy, which includes social media tools, is crucial to ensuring these efforts are successful. Non-profits can no longer rely on outbound marketing tactics to reach an audience that now largely lives online. Using Facebook’s new resource center, non-profits can access the guidance they need to help achieve their goals more effectively on Facebook.

What do you think about Facebook’s new non-profit resource center?


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