Saturday, May 5, 2012

Having technical difficulties - I have been busy writing my blog for you on a daily basis - just not able to post.

It will be brought up to date soon.

However; if I am not successful I do have another site and you may be asked and or re-directed to that NEW DOMAIN.

My sincerest apologies...

Gracias!

Tomas

Friday, May 4, 2012

Leadership





















Years ago I found myself working for a brilliant General (as in Unites States

MIlitary General), and amazing human being.

His name was General H. Norman Schwarzkopf in Hinesville, Georgia.

I worked closely with his staff, as part of Col. Daniel's  Rapid Deployment staff.

We were in Georgia and facing incredible population challenges with the sudden

growth of Ft. Stewart and its surrounding community of Hinesville, Georgia.

Part of the challenge was building an Army Assistance Center for the military families

that would be left behinde when ever their husbands were deployed.

This was before troop redeployment and or "rapid deployments" were in vogue.

Back when we didn't have a lot of the global "urgencies," testing the democracies

of the world.

It was a different time, back when the U.S. didn't had not had to intervene as often

and or come to the aid of people in desperate need of food or medicinal relief

and or military intervention.

Col. Daniel set out to form a an on base Army Assistance Center.

I was very fortunate to be a part of that original team.

It consisted of both military and civilian personnel - whose ne main goal was to come

together to ensure that we had a center that sort of was a "catch all safety net."

I always admired the General's progressive and forward thinking.

He was loved by his troops.

And was known as a soldier's soldier back then.

And was truly a man's man.

An everyone's family's man for that matter.

To this day I try to think what would the ole General do.

No matter the challenge... if it comes to my employees, or my direct reports 

and remember his advise and remember that they people you are "responsible for" 

are looking at you for more than just a few words of encouragement (which are important),

 and more than just answers.

They are looking for straight up, honest leadership.

Direction that they can have confidence in will not just lead them where they need to go

but an actual plan on how you will get them there.

Make it a great dia!   

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Herbie y su familia
















I have to tell you about Herbie, he and his wife Sadie they are cardinals.

You know the beautifully red colored bird.

If you've read my blg I've written about this couple before.

Herbie courted his future wife by feeding her seeds.

Soon they were a couple and they began singing to each other.

Herbie did this for many weeks.

Collecting seeds and bringing it to her while she sat regally on the fence

waiting for him to feed her beak-to-beak.

Herbie and Sadie tend to sing in loud, clear whistles from the top of one tree.

The males tend to defend their territory.

I've read this but have never seen him do it.

They sings pretty loud back and forth, and I've read you can distinguish

their sex by their singing.

I often wondered what the heck they were saying to one another.

Still I just sit back and enjoy the music.

Our Herbie and Sadie eat mainly seeds, grains and annoyingly

some of the peaches.

I read that they also eats beetles, cicadas, grasshoppers, snails,

and bark of elm trees.

Last night I saw a youngish looking bird in one of the fig trees.

How it got there I'll never know. There it teetered and I thought for sure

that poor fellow was done for.

"He'll surely fall off the limb and die," I said to myself.

But then suddenly Herbie showed up and began feeding it.

Regurgitating something and feeding the little feller.

In all my years I have never seen a baby cardinal.

But after reading more about them I found out that I have seen their nests.

A few months ago I took a peek in one of her nests; her eggs were white,

with a tint of blue and were marked with brown blotches.

The shell to the three little eggs were smooth and slightly glossy.

They lay about three to four in each clutch.

This little feller looked a bit prehistoric, only slightly plump with downy feathers.

I read that the father or Papa Cardinal will feed their young for several weeks.

Ole Herbie, will help produce two to three, and even four, broods each year.

He'll be a full time Mommy, as the male cares for and feeds each brood

while the female incubates the next clutch of eggs.

Sure hope that they find that little feller a more secure place to live

while he gets bigger.

Make it a great día!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

hUMp day














It's Wednesday and as we call it in some parts of the country, hump day.

Yesterday was Primero de Mayo, so today is hump day.

Is it called that because maybe we're half way to the end of the week?
Could it be the absolute BEST day of the week?

I've asked around and some think that this day brings maximum hope,

that depending on how it goes today will determine how the rest

of their week turns out.

Then again there a few out there that hate Mondays.

Monday's are doomday mornings and they look forward to surviving

it by anticipating hump day.

I really have never given hump days much thought.

Nothing ever happened on a Wednesday that defined how the rest

of the week turned out.
Like every day, it's all about how we approach them and live them.

Any day could in effect be defined as a hump day.

Thursday could be a hump day or one day after hump day.

Friday is well GREAT!! 

HOORAH!!!

A friend of mine that has his own rock band and has declared

all Saturday's as mostly hungover day.

Then back to Sunday which to some folks is PreDoom day.

No matter what you call today, make sure you make the best of it.

Make it a great día!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Primero de Mayo















The first day in May is a special day in many countries.

In Mexico it is the day of the worker. All workers!

Even in Hawaii, today is celebrated as May Day or also known

as Lei Day to celebrate the island’s culture.

In Britain, May Day is still celebrated in many towns with the crowning

of the May Queen.

Today for many countries it is national holiday. Finland, France, Germany,

Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Costa Rica,

Panama, Cuba, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru,

Uruguay, and Venezuela.

May 1st is also a national holiday in the Russian Federation and many Asian

countries such as China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

In Mexico, it is referred to as "Primero de Mayo".

Labor day is a reminder that out of honest work comes and honest living.

Which also pays off by character building, a more principled life,
and even an appreciation for hard work.
If you are lucky to be off today then enjoy your day.

Hard work tends to increase one's resiliency to life's challenges.

Never give up, and be grateful that you have work to do.

Make it a great día!