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November, 2014

  • 19 November

    Passive Aggressive Behavior

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – We often hear people use the term “passive-aggressive.” But I don’t think everyone understands the concept. My favorite internet definition of passive aggressive is: “Number 1: Being marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination, pouting, and stubbornness). Or number 2: ...

  • 12 November

    Confusion

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Confusion is a byproduct of moving forward in life. If you stay right where you are – turn off the television and pull the curtains – you can eliminate 99 percent of your confusion. But you also eliminate an equivalent amount of joy, love, excitement and emotion. If you take the “what ifs” from your existence, ...

  • 5 November

    Cats, Dogs, and Children

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I spent the better part of my life as a confirmed bachelor. The first half of my life was too fast and complicated for “forever” romance. However, later I did find the girl of my dreams and we have been together ever since, but we never had any children. If I was to be perfectly honest, ...

October, 2014

  • 29 October

    Judgment…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – I think it was Mark Twain that originally said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience, well, that comes from bad judgment.”  Everybody at some point in their lives (usually early on) has to check if the skillet is hot. In the same vein, almost all of us, at one time or another, have hastily cast ...

  • 15 October

    Peace of Mind

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – To me there are two kinds of peace of mind – to have within you the ability to subdue the challenges of life while surrounded by them (to simply remove yourself from the playing field for a few moments to find your equilibrium). Or to possess a small quiet place within you that is free from ...

  • 9 October

    Trust…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Trust – one of the primary building blocks in relationships, from friends and lovers, to politics, faith, and nation-building. It is both one of the most powerful elements in all of the above and yet it is so fragile that a single inconsistency can fracture it forever. Trust is like a perfect vase – one mistake ...

September, 2014

  • 29 September

    Ethics…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Wikipedia tells us that ethics, sometimes known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct, often addressing disputes of moral diversity. That’s the long way of saying “doing the right thing when no one is watching.” A large part of ethics is, and has ...

  • 24 September

    Logic…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – Logic is the mortar between the building blocks of civilization. It provides us with solid footing from which to seek new growth. But there’s a fine line between the application of logic and the exercise of free will – too much logic can become stifling to the human soul, yet a totally logical world can become ...

  • 8 September

    Character…

    BY MICHAEL RIESIG – Character – it’s an interesting word. It’s neither a gift nor a burden, and no one is born with it. It becomes your responsibility to discover. It can refer to the quality of an individual, or the uniqueness. A person can have character, or be a character. One thing is certain: It’s rarely developed in comfort ...

August, 2014

  • 30 August

    Old Friends…

    BY MICHAEL REISIG – My old friend Bill, the fellow with whom I shared so many adventures in the Caribbean so many years ago, visited us recently with his wife, Linda. It was wonderful to reconnect to a piece of my life that I treasure, and I was reminded how important old friends are. We talked about the people we ...