Waiting on Hurricane Florence

As I write this, many people up and down the U.S. East Coast are preparing for and waiting for the largest hurricane that has occurred in many years, Hurricane Florence. Florence is about twenty-four hours away from making landfall, and it is assumed that landfall will occur at Wilmington, NC. Many other areas will be also be affected. Mandatory evacuations are already in place in several NC and SC areas. Our primary home area, Raleigh, NC, is expected to have much rain and wind, and likely significant damage and power outages as a result of those. Our beach property is too close to the hurricane’s expected landfall for us to avoid significant damage there. So, we like many others are on edge, not knowing what the outcome of this weather disruption will be. Continue reading

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St. Maarten/St. Martin Post Hurricane Irma


A rebuilt restaurant on Orient Beach 

Mike and I are in St. Maarten/St. Martin this week, one year after Hurricane Irma devastated the island. We were here when Hurricane Irma came through and wanted to come back and see the island while it is recovering. I also wanted to finish the last section of the book on the hurricane experience and lessons learned and seeing the island at this stage is a part of that. Continue reading

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What Difference Does a Year Make?


Our daughters and granddaughters and our Welcome Home sign that is still up, almost one year later.

Mike and I travel to St. Maarten on Saturday, to see how our precious island has recovered from Hurricane Irma. We will be there for the first anniversary of the hurricane, September 6. We lived through that hurricane and want to go back and see how the island is recovering. We are not able to stay at our place since it will not be reopened until at least October.  We will be staying in a part of the island that was not as damaged as was ours. Continue reading

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Change Changes Us


St Maartan Devastation

One of many photos of Hurricane Irma’s wrath in St. Maarten

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s assault on Houston and other areas in Texas. September 6 is the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma’s attack on St. Maarten. Many areas in Texas have recovered well from Harvey, while others haven’t. And while these two anniversaries are remembered, Hawaii is bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Lane. Continue reading

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The Most Important Change to Make

Jim Rohn, considered by many as America’s greatest business philosopher, said many things worth remembering. His quote, “Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune,” is on my mind lately. I am writing a book on Change, and the change that I am writing about is changing me. The stimulus for this latest change effort of mine was several major experiences in 2017, the latest of which was living through Hurricane Irma when it hit St. Maarten on September 6, 2017. A quote that came to me during that major life experience was, “When I thought I was going to die, I decided to really live.”  What “really live” means for me is still evolving. I have, however, made several changes that make my life more satisfying. More about those later. This post isn’t really about me, or my latest book. It is about the insight that can hopefully be of benefit to you. Continue reading

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Management that Matters

She works in a bar and grill at Oak Island during the summer while she is out on college break. Mike and I had recently met her there. I learned that she previously worked at a local restaurant. Mike and I had been to that restaurant for dinner the night before this conversation. It is one of my favorite restaurants on the island. So, it was interesting to get her perspective on her previous employer. Her statements said it all.

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Managing Expectations


Posted at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh, NC. Obviously not just for children!

We all have expectations, although perhaps we should not. Expectations that are not met can result in us being disappointed. A friend of mine states, “Expect Nothing, and you won’t be disappointed!” (Credit to Jennifer; last name omitted to protect the guilty!) But what are expectations? Perhaps it is best to have a common definition of the word before going any further in the discussion. Continue reading

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