Food for Thought-Leadership Lessons from “Where The Sidewalk Ends”

1.  When someone you love, value, and need is missing from your life; your day is never quite the same.  You miss them.  You feel their absence from the most ordinary tasks and activities.  When they return, make sure they know how much you missed them. IMG_3596 2.  Everyone in a family, team, or organization has an important role to play.  Help others find their place and make them feel valued in their work. IMG_3597 3.  We are all searching for purpose in life.  What’s important is that we are still asking the question!  We haven’t lost sight of the need to have meaning and direction in our lives, especially when we feel like we’re not living up to our fullest potential.  We need to keep asking the question. IMG_3598 4.  Leaders need to lead by example.  If we’re not exemplifying the lives we want to others to follow, why would anyone want to join in IMG_3599 5.  The future doesn’t occur in the well planned, manicured spaces of our lives.  It happens where the sidewalk ends. IMG_3603

Food for Thought-Dining Out With Richard


If you’re going to serve me a “home cooked pie”, tell me the home where it was cooked. Your health certificate is plain for all to see. Who will vouch for this “home”?

I prefer menus written on paper and chalkboards to those on touchscreens.

If you would like me to order something, tell me it is, “fresh, tender, mouth watering, succulent, served on a bed of, tangy, topped with, hearty, or luscious.” These words will get me every time. Topped with onions and mushrooms are great items with which to crown any dish. Have plenty available. I’m not particularly interested in how fresh a piece of lettuce or fish might be. I’ll trust you. Why would you serve anything other than fresh food?  Spare the room on the menu or the speech by the wait person to include more pertinent information such as; where I might wash my hands.

Nowhere should you say I can enjoy the above mentioned qualities in food with cheese or olives. I hate cheese. I despise olives.

Restaurants which bear the name or names of the owners seem to continually draw me back. I like to feel I am on a first name basis with the establishment where I am dining.

I prefer glasses without writing, printing, or other artwork. I’m there to drink water, iced tea, or Tab. Looking at pictures or advertisements while I am trying to drink my Tab distracts me.

Places which are cash only are classy places. I have eaten some of the best meals of my life in cash only restaurants.

Food for Thought-The Ingredients for a Successful Country Song Circa 2015


1. Talk about the small town you live in, the wholesome values embodied by this town’s economic decline, and how people who live elsewhere are morally lacking when compared to your town

2. Talk about how you work a typical blue-collar job at a “plant”. Make references to “clocking out” and how at the end of a hard week’s work you feel entitled to a weekend of alcohol consumption and bad decision making

3. Talk about your woman, how she’s hot, wears skimpy clothes for you and enjoys going to a river with you to engage in vaguely implied carnal activity.

4. Talk about how you go to church and belief in God is important to you and how this is the logical extension of your weekend of drinking and vague carnal activity with your scantily clad “honey” down by the river

5. Repeat the four previous points in rapid succession behind an array guitar riffs and background vocals