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“We cannot become
what we need to be
by remaining what we are.”

                          – Max de Pree

I’m not sure where I came across the term last or why it’s stuck in my brain this morning, but it’s a term that is often thrown about amongst those trying to get things done. According to Merriam-Webster, The Jumping-Off Point is the point from which something begins.

I agree whole-heartedly with that definition, but not in the way that most would think. According to most sources for definitions of terms and sayings, this mystical location is the place where everything starts. What’s the old saying, “Start where you stand”? What? That’s a poem? Huh? So it is… here’s the link if the curiosity has made you anxious to jump-off from this page to that.

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“Time rules over us without mercy, not caring if we’re healthy or ill, hungry or drunk, Russian, American, or Beings from Mars. It’s like a fire. It can destroy us or it can keep us warm.  That’s why every FedEx office has a clock, because we live or die by the clock. We never turn our backs on it. And, we never, ever allow ourselves the SIN of LOSING TRACK OF TIME!”

– Chuck Nolan (Tom Hanks / Cast Away)


More than any other aspect of life, time is the one thing that we have in common. We all possess it in equal amounts and have equal opportunity to manage that which we have. We can do nothing to lose it. Likewise, we are powerless to acquire more of it.

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E-KNEE ME-KNEE MY-KNEE MOE: A blog about Impulse & Instinct

what you don’t know is how much you know without knowing that you know it

It was shortly after lunchtime and the breeze had quickly intensified into something worthy the designation of blustery gale. A light rain was beginning to dampen the afternoon and the pleasant forecast of mid 60’s nosedived into the low 40’s within a few hours. The bite of 38, maybe even 37, degrees seemed entirely plausible. As my brain began to conjure the images of the frigid weather that most certainly was on the way, visions of what to prepare for dinner began to scroll across my taste buds. A large pot of spicy chili emerged the victor. My mouth was watering and I could almost smell the ground beef simmering (even though the pound with my name on it was still resting comfortably in the grand showcase of hamburger at Publix).

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Odd for 2017 MarchMadness

“You’re gonna make the best call
you can, and you know they’re
gonna second-guess you.
So what? We’re just gonna have
to take our beatings as we go…”

 Kenny O’Donnell

There’s an excitement that begins to build around this time every year that sucks people in from all walks of life. The college basketball season has played out through the stillness of the winter months and went unnoticed for the most part as the crescendo of football season raced to a climax.

But with March comes a tournament. And, with a tournament comes excitement.

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Momentum Swing - Earl Weaver Quote

“Momentum is
the next day’s
starting pitcher.”

Earl Weaver, Manager
Baltimore Orioles

The four word headline is sacred gospel in baseball circles:

“pitchers and catchers, report!”

Excuse me for dismissing the annual “Did he? Or Didn’t he?” dance that Punxsutawney Phil has each February with his shadow, but these four words are the true herald of spring.

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