Don’t you Dare . . .

The following is also an ad for the new Cadillac CT6.  It is one of the most engaging Cadillacs ever. But, it is the message that I want to share.  Don’t you dare.  Did you hear that as a child?  I did.  I dared.  One more thing, I am a Cadillac owner and a member of the National Cadillac & Lasalle Club and the Las Vegas Chapter.  Now . . .

It absolutely begs the question:  What do you dare to do?

One of our newest citizens – Matthew Shiel

US - American Flag with Matt


Matthew Shiel

American Citizen on 2-12-16

It’s my pleasure and my honor to introduce Matthew Shiel, who’s just received his citizenship today!  On behalf of all my family and friends, WELCOME!

I’ve only recently come to know him.  Frankly, I wish we could get more new citizens like Matt.

Let me tell you what I know so far:

Matt was born in England where he went to private school.  His Father is ex-military.  He came to America via Canada where he stopped to get his college education.  He then came to America seeking the “American dream”.

It’s always been fascinating to me that when people come to America, they see opportunity everywhere.  Matt is not an exception.  He arrived with very little.  He’s since owned or partnered in a few successful businesses and employed lots of people.  He is by definition, an entrepreneurs, ENTREPRENEUR.

He’s married to his wife Carla and has had three children. Today, they have two handsome boys. Here’s the story about how they lost their precious daughter, Zora. Life helps to define who we are and allows us to develop our character.  How do parents ever come back from the loss of a child.  We all lose our parents at some point in our life.  We lose friends and even distant relatives.  But children . . . [Read more…]

EJ Rawson

EJ Rawson

Tomorrow is my Father’s birthday.  He would have been 93.  My Father and my wife’s Father were born in the same year.  My Dad was a bit older.

I lost my Dad when he was 42 years old.  He’s been gone many more years than he was here.  I still miss him.

As I interact with my adult children, I wonder what it would have been like to seek counsel from my Father, to have fun with him, to watch as he visited with my children.  All of that would have been great.

My wife’s Dad, Preston Jones, was the only Father I had known as an adult.  My Dad died when I was only 18 years old.

Over the years I’ve met lots of men and women who’ve lost their Dads way to early.  Men they never had a chance to really know.  We ALL still miss these men that had the courage to Father children.

Happy 93 Birthday Dad!

You’ll always be missed.  I love you!


HH Rawson – My Grandfather would be 114 years old today.

HH Rawson

Today, would have been my Grandfather Rawson’s 114 birthday.  He died in 1989 at the age of 87.

There are always people in your life for whom you have the utmost respect.  My Grandfather was that man.  My Father died at the age of 42 when I was just 18 years old.  My Grandfather tried to fill that void even though we were many, many miles apart.  He was always there for me.  His advice was always on point because he never gave me the solution to any problem I had.  Instead, he gave me the principle and subsequent value.

My Great Grandfather was EJ, my Grandfather was HH and my Dad was EJ.  Perhaps you can spot a trend.

I didn’t find out that the principles he used came from what he learned as a Mason until the last few days of his life.  He asked me to become a Mason with his last few breaths of life.  I could not refuse him.  I am a 32 degree Mason as he was.  Today, I try to give family and friends alike the kind of advice my Grandfather gave me.  Here’s the principle and this is its value to you.

I miss this great, gentle and quiet man.  He was a true inspiration to me.

All of you who have Grandfathers (still living), do not overlook the wisdom they’ve gained over the years.  It may be their greatest legacy.

What do you think?


Status Update



Time flys by whether you’re having a good time or not.  At least, that’s what it’s been for me the past few months.

August 21, 2015 was my last post.  We’re still reeling from Dad’s passing.  It was the end of an era for us.  Now, with all our parents gone, we’re truly on our own or are we?  Over the years before I married Margaret I had missed not having a parent to talk to or seek advice from.  My parents both passed within two years of each other and both in their early 40’s.  As I’ve said many times, Margaret’s parents were really the only parents I’ve had as an adult.

Why is that important?  In a word:  INFORMATION.  The gap between one generation and another is filled with information.  It’s what helps one generation move on to the next.  Each passing down information to move our species forward.  Progress.

As a parent, I see mistakes and triumphs in the lives of our children and grandchildren all the time.  We all wish we could save them from their mistakes and insure that they would win more than they’d ever loose.  However, that’s just not the way it works.

Our own FREEAgency is allowed to flourish.  It must.  For, if it is held back, then we are all held back from the progress that is ours to make.  We must all make our own choices.  Do we have to make them alone?  No.  We don’t have to make them alone.  Parents are good, even great for giving counsel.  Prayer and a spiritual connection can be even better (if we practice and use it).

No, I’m not going to make this a piece on religion (although I could).  Instead, it’s simply about communication.  Who do you turn to for advice?  Who guides you?  Who can you count on when there is NO parent or loved one available to you?

We’ve just closed out November and for me, it’s a season of remembering, being thankful and counting my many blessings.

Personally, this has been one of the hardest years on record for me.  The challenges my wife and I have faced have seemed (at times) too heavy to bear.  That is until we look around.  We are so grateful for what we have.  We’re grateful for the past even through we have made mistakes.  Good fortune and even mistakes have brought us to this day.  If it were not for all the things we’ve done in the past, we (I) wouldn’t be here to give this “status update.”

What are your thoughts?