Monthly Archives: March 2009

It’s About Reacting:

“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.”

Elliott Erwitt, Photographer/Magnum



The Measure of a Man:

The Boron VFW hall. The true measure of a man can be found anywhere.

The Boron American Legion Hall. The true measure of a man can be found anywhere.

_Shihan John Paul_

It’s been said that you learn the true measure of a man in the battlefield.

The question of how one reacts to fear and stress of the moment. Does the warrior step up to conquer fear and protect his fellow combatants? Does the warrior step back protecting his own life, letting others take the fall for him?

In 1645 a samurai warrior, Miyamoto Musashi wrote his thoughts on military strategy “ The Book of Five Rings” and over the centuries various translations have found it useful in the workplace.
Given the current environment of the workplace, it has become reflective of the battlefield with much of the same stress and fear for each man allowing them to step up…or to step back. In this case the fear is blame and the loss of employment.

The term man is generic and not related to gender, as gender plays no role in the level one may have for loyalty, or trust.

I’ve always enjoyed the “book of fire” chapter referring to the heat of battle, and speaks to different types of timing.

Sanchin Kata Isshinryu:

As shown by Grand Master Shimabuku in 1966.


Never be embarassed by what you have, but what you have become.

Never be embarrassed by what you have, but what you have become.

em·bar·rassed, em·bar·rass·ing, em·bar·rass·es

1. To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert.
2. To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties.
3. To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede.
4. To complicate.
5. To feel uncomforted with one’s actions or those of others.

Solid as a Rock:

Rocks are what they are!

Rocks are what they are!

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

-Yogi Berra-

Another four colleagues gone; decisions made with reason…maybe Yogi was right.


The Path

Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk.
-J.C. Penney-

One of the sad things about being a child is that you both trust and rely on an adult to say and do the right thing.
It’s not until you are an adult that you see that your path was illuminated or shortened in distance by those adults.
Take a child, who wants to be an artist and tell them they have no talent, shorten the path, reduce the goals.

Play List:
My favorite local artist:
Jeff Soto

Illustrator I would most love to collaborate with:
Dan Hanna