“Grandson Alan” BIRTHDAY” JULY 1st…

Alan Aldrich – This is the exciting face of  my “Grandson” –  When your child looks this happy, you know that Almighty Yahweh….   gets  all the credit!

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This is that… Exciting LOOK… that you just love to see your children and  “GRAND-CHILDREN” have – – You just know that they are as “HAPPY” as a “CHILD” – – as all young children… should be.

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When I look at this PHOTO of  “LITTLE ALAN” – – at the “DAY CARE’ – – I have to just marvel at the “due diligence’  — – that “ALAN” is applying to the development  of  his  creating a “MASTER PIECE of ART” to take home to his MOTHER. Everything about this PHOTO  – – has me wondering – – how marvelous it is…  to have a very young child  – – know and understand – – how to write your own name – – how to stand and hold the poster paper – – to  use colors  artistically  in design and the best part – – to know your own NAME and be able to spell it out – – to be read by everyone – – that LOVES to admire his “works of ART!”

These are “GOLD STAR” – – wonderful works of ART – – these PHOTOS of ALAN are  stored in the best of the best  “BANKS” – – “My MEMORY BANK” – – which…  I can take into the next realm of LIFE… when I leave this one. The “MEMORY” is the one and only thing you can take from this world to the next- – check me out – – look into your BIBLE – – let me know … if you  will  – – that you know – – where of I speak.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALAN” – – and you…  can celebrate all week – – I said so.   *****Everyone is celebrating already with “Fire-Crackers” – – America loves you  and are helping you to have FUN – – with lots of NOISE. *****

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“Happy Birthday – – ALAN”

This Parade… on the streets of  “Downtown Saint Louis” – – is just for you, ALAN – –  and… on your BIRTHDAY… July 1st, 2017 – – and guess what????  “Yes sir reeeeeee  – — everyone is invited to share this “HAPPY DAY” with you!”



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“For ‘Goodness Sake’ alive”

On this day of your life
 I believe God wants you to know…

…that love means never having to say you’re sorry.
Erich Segal said that and he was right. 
God loves you, and that is why you never have to say
you’re “sorry” to God. If you love someone, relieve
them of the need to apologize to you for anything.
The need for an apology is the signal of a person
who is mistaken about him-or-herself.
You cannot be damaged by another, you only imagine
that you can. It is all in your head. It is all in your
thought about it. Go back to love and give up
your need to forgive others for anything.

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On this day of your life

 I believe God wants you to know…

…that you must be good to yourself if you are
ever going to be any good for others.
This means take a day off once in a while
when it’s not scheduled.  Eat of piece of chocolate
when it’s not recommended.  Take a nap
when it’s just not possible.
Get your face into a good book for an hour
when you can’t afford to. Soak in a tub
when there’s no time to. Stop everything
when you’re not supposed to. Do this now,
right now, for goodness sake.
Love, your Friend ..

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“Remember to Pass…GOOD DEEDS…Forward”

This story… just needs to be heard by more  “MOTHERS and DAUGHTERS – – it is…  just that terrific.




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3 Things Eisenhower Got Right About Storming the Beaches


3 Things Eisenhower Got Right About Storming the Beaches

D-Day is known as a great victory for the allied forces, the beginning of the end for the Nazis as over 150,000 troops pushed into Europe in the first wave of an invasion by sea. But it easily could have gone the other way. We can learn a great deal from the difference.

A draft letter by Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight Eisenhower shows us what kind of leadership it took to invade at Normandy on June 6, 1944. He didn’t take victory for granted and was fully prepared to take the blame if his plan failed.

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Mea Almost Culpa

From the National Archives come these incredible words in Eisenhower’s own handwriting:

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops,” he wrote.

He explained that the “decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

The general obviously had a lot on his mind that day, because he accidentally misdated it for July!

There are 3 lessons that leaders of organizations can take from Eisenhower’s never delivered mea culpa.

1. Eisenhower practiced extreme ownership.

Extreme ownership is an idea that the civilian sector has borrowed from the military and we can see it on full display in Eisenhower’s own writing. It’s hard to get any clearer than “any blame or fault…is mine alone.”

Eisenhower was the general in charge. He had decided to invade in this place at this time. If it didn’t work out, he was going to get blamed anyway. He didn’t see any point in denying it or trying to deflect blame on the troops who he was already putting in the line of fire.

The general was prepared to do this because it was second nature to him. When we find ourselves facing great challenges in our organizations, we ought to be just as forthright in owning the problem and thereby owning the solution.

2. He used contingent thinking.

Eisenhower understood that should this go wrong, he was going to have to say something. He didn’t want to come up with something on the spot, so he committed thoughts to paper.

This is similar to what I mean when I say that activation triggers are so important. The letter is evidence of contingent thinking (“if x, then y”), which is an incredibly important tool for reaching your goals.

It helps if you think things out in advance, so that you do fewer stupid things in the moment. This isn’t being a fatalist, it’s acknowledging that there are going to be obstacles in our paths. We’ll fare better if we have some contingency, or kernel of a plan, for how to deal with those obstacles. In this case, he would have withdrawn the troops and looked for a better opening.

3. He addressed the downside.

There are limits to what we can know. We can’t see the future. Even with good information, we can only guess what other people are going to do.

In many ways, Eisenhower won on D-Day not by ignoring the downside of what his army was about to undertake, but by understanding exactly what was on the line—and working diligently to prepare them for invasion using all the means at his disposal.

One of those means was misdirection. He used a broken German cipher and props, including fake, portable tanks, to convince the planners of the Third Reich that the invasion would happen elsewhere. The ruse gave allied forces a fighting chance on the beach that morning.

Eisenhower thought the D-Day invasion was a good plan, and it was. About 5,000 troops died in the first wave of the invasion in an assault that could easily have cost tens of thousands of lives.

Yet it was a better plan than it otherwise would have been because he took the possibility of failure, and his role in it, so seriously. Leaders today could learn a lot from his example.

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“Are YOU Making these 10 SLEEP Mistakes”


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Are you getting enough sleep?

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for so many reasons. However, it can be harder to do than it sounds.

Luckily, we have a wonderful infographic that will help you avoid sleep mistakes that can rob you of those precious restorative hours.


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Infographic supplied by poundplace.com
Have you got any tips for a great night’s sleep? Share them in the comments.

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