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A Brilliant Philosophy Lesson

The Charles Schulz Philosophy

I want to thank my lovely mother for sending this philosophical piece my way this morning. She told me that the philosophy reminded her of me and I consider that an extraordinary honor.

Please take just a couple of minutes to read the below and ponder what it means to you.

For me it meant planning a few minutes today to send a quick email to those I thought of during the second quiz, to thank them for all of their support throughout my life.


*Scroll through slowly and read carefully to receive and enjoy full effect

The  following is the philosophy of Charles Schulz, the  creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.

You don’t have to actually answer the questions below. Just ponder on them. Just read the list straight through, and you’ll get the point.

  1. Name  the five wealthiest people in the  world.
  2. Name  the last five Heisman trophy winners.
  3. Name  the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
  4. Name  ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
  5. Name  the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
  6. Name  the last decade’s worth of World Series winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies.. Awards tarnish.. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are often buried with their owners.

Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:

  1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
  2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
  3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
  4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
  5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.



The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials , the most money…or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most

Feel free to pass this on to those people who have either made a difference in your life, or whom you keep close in your heart, like I did. ‘Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia !’

”Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken!”

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” — Proverbs 17: 17


Limiting speech is a poor response to tragedy, blame game is a disgrace

In the article above ( I encourage you to read) Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pennsylvania, says he will introduce legislation making it “a federal crime for a person to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a Member of Congress or federal official.”

While I wholeheartedly agree that the incident in Arizona was an absolute tragedy, I STRONGLY disagree with the concept of limiting speech. The whole idea that I could be prosecuted in federal court for saying I’d like to see a pretty heavy percentage of Congress to suffer in some way is absurd. Some may say that I’d be stretching it to assume one could be prosecuted for something like this, but I encourage you to find a case where the federal government hasn’t qualified every possible stretch.

Just so I can get it off my chest before this ignorant excuse for legislating is introduced I want to suggest this for Rep. Brady and a number of other federal officials as well…

Also, courtesy of my friend Dave Hatter, I want to offer some examples of federal officials (members of Rep. Brady’s own party) who are certainly guilty of their fair share of vehemently violent speech.

Democratic Congressman on GOP Gov. Rick Scott: ‘They ought to put him against a wall and shoot him.’

Sandra Bernhard issues ‘gang rape’ warning to Sarah Palin

Crosshair maps: 2010 vs. 2004

I’d be happy to keep going on, but you get the point. Politics is inciting. When people disagree about fundamental beliefs they get defensive, and can become offensive. In these instances, understanding what our teachers taught us in primary school re: conflict resolution is important.

Congresswoman Giffords, for whom we are all praying, was right in the e-mail she sent to Fmr. KY Secretary of State and newly named Director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. “After you get settled, I would love to talk about what we can do to promote centrism and moderation. I … think that we need to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.Read full article here.


Bucket list v1.0

While many are familiar with the concept of a bucket list, few put their hopes and dreams out for the eye of the public. I’m a bit different, however, in that I’m a self proclaimed dreamer. Many will consider that title a bit cliche or even audacious, but as a true believer in the ability of people to conceptualize and develop plans to complete any number of given tasks, I wanted to shed some light on some of the “dreams” I have for myself. As an equally firm believer in constructive criticism I hope to get feedback regarding this list.


  1. Become a Father
  2. Run a Fifty Mile race
  3. Become a coach (running)
  4. Own a business
  5. Flip a house for profit
  6. Own a piece of recreational property (the idea of a cabin has been ingrained in my soul)
  7. Finish a full Triathlon
  8. Write a Book
  9. Backpack the Appalachian Trail
  10. Kayak Class V Rapids
  11. Teach a class
  12. Build a house (or addition)
  13. Become a mentor (I’ve had many great mentors I hope to emulate some day)
  14. Give someone a job
  15. Help a child accomplish a goal
  16. Visit Australia
  17. Surf  (attempt to) in Hawaii
  18. Raise a significant amount of money for a worthy cause
  19. Hold public office
  20. Create
  21. Become a grandfather
  22. Paddle the entire Great Miami River
  23. Backpack the entire Sheltowee Trace
  24. Peak a 14,000+ mountain (in US)
  25. Skydive
  26. Scuba dive
  27. Own a motorcycle
  28. Inspire a dreamer
  29. Take a canoe/kayak trip at Border Waters
  30. Create art

*please note that these are in no particular order.