Commencement Speeches


It’s commencement season. Students are graduating from High Schools and Colleges around the country and world.

This seasonal, rite of passage, gives us all time to reflect on the chapters in our lives. The moments when we can celebrate an accomplishment, the ending of a goal, the beginning of the next chapter.

From wikipedia: A commencement speech or commencement address is a speech given to graduating students, generally at a university, generally in the United States, although the term is also used for secondary education institutions. The “commencement” is a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred upon graduating students.

Here’s to the Class of 2018!

May your lives be full of hope, success, happiness, and love.



Below is a link to an article with the 20 Best Commencement Speeches of all time.(According to Esquire)




We recently rewatched Big starring Tom Hanks and directed by Penny Marshall. It’s one of those rare films that touches on such specific emotions about childhood, growing older, love, play, wonder.

While some aspects are showing age: hairstyles, clothing. The story remains rather timeless: a 13 year old boy makes a wish and wants to be “big”. His wish is granted as he struggles to survive and figure out how to get back to being a kid again.

The film was nominated for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and Best Screenplay.

It’s a gem of a little film.


Kind Bars



Hello. Yes, I am writing about snack bars. Yes, they are straightforward with their ingredients. Yes, they are more expensive. Yes, I enjoy them.

From Wikiepedia: Kind LLC, stylized as KIND LLC and sometimes referred to as KIND Snacks or KIND Healthy Snacks, is a healthy foods company based in New York City, New York. It was founded in 2004 by Daniel Lubetzky.[1]The company manufactures seven product lines made from whole ingredients.

Additionally, there is a…

KIND movement 

Wikipedia: Through the KIND Movement, KIND wants to create a thriving community of people who choose kindness and make kindness a state of mind. In the spirit of this movement, in 2009, KIND launched Do the KIND Thing, an evolving platform that empowers people to turn KIND acts into support for causes.[19] The KIND Movement includes KIND acts, #kindawesome cards, and KIND Causes. To date, KIND has performed, facilitated and celebrated over 1 million KIND acts and has been recognized by Time magazine as a “New Way to Make a Difference”.[20]


This one is my favorite:1kind-bars-fda_0


The Original Fish Company


Posting about The Original Fish Company will shock my family. Mostly because we grew up NOT eating fish. In fact, a few of my siblings still avoid the stuff.

This restaurant, in Southern California, is excellent. And it has made me a convert. Their halibut is some of the best I have ever had.

The last visit included: Cesar salad, Warm Sourdough Bread with Butter, Grilled Halibut, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Grilled Vegetables.  It was totally mobbed with a 90 minute wait. So we went to the bar where they offer full menu service and ordered immediately.

If you are in the area, consider a visit. It really is excellent.






In the Dark Podcast


In the Dark podcast from APM Reports won the highest honor in broadcast media, the Peabody Award.

We had the chance to listen to this 9 part series on a recent road trip.

It is shocking, riveting, devastating, infuriating, thorough, and unforgettable.

The podcast, Season 1, centers around the kidnapping of 11-year old Jacob Wetterling on October 22, 1989. The case went unsolved for 27 years. The series takes you on a journey to discover what happened, connect with the people affected by the event, and question why the case took so long to solve.

It’s very moving and I am only showing photos below of Madeleine Baran (lead Reporter & Host) and Jacob Wetterling (Victim).

It’s the kind of reporting that is so impactful. No wonder it won the award.

From the website: The investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling yielded no answers for 27 years. We investigate how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation’s sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving accountability.




Season 2 has just started and is about an entirely different case.

From the website: Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice system ignore the prosecutor’s record and keep Flowers on death row? Season Two begins May 1

True Colors Personality Test


My coworkers have been talking about True Colors for years. This personality test helps to understand yourself and those you interact with.

Self-reflection is essential, and this can provide some new insights.

From the website:

True Colors® is a model for understanding yourself and others based on your personality temperament.

The colors of Orange, Gold, Green, and Blue are used to differentiate the four central True Colors® personality styles.



Take the free test here: