The Essence of Graham

The Essence of  Graham McWaters Passionate ~ Motivator ~ Energy Creative ~ Humorous ~ Entertainer Thanks again to my great friend Dan Bodanis, who was responsible for the invitation to the  Alumni Luncheon in December 2023, where I met Graham for the first time.  We have met several times since then.   I knew he was a good […]

The Essence of Jim and Judie

The Essence of Jim and Judie Judie Talkative ~ Spontaneous ~ Organized ~ Humorous ~ Optimistic ~ Adventurous Jim Sensitive ~ Precise ~ Enthusiastic ~ Adventuresome ~ Happy ~ Nice Very few people have made as much impact on my life as these two people.  They have been like having a big brother and a […]

3 Days of Eilean Donan

Three Days at Eileen Donan I was on a mission during our trip to Scotland in 2023.  I would get my calendar-worthy picture of Eileen Donan Castle no matter what! To do that, I would need several opportunities under different lighting conditions. I knew that if I stayed in one spot long enough in Scotland, […]

CUBA ~ The view from the Pink Convertible

CUBA ~  The View from the Pink Convertible I wanted to see the non-tourist Cuba. I knew it would expose me to a different level of poverty from what I have seen before. I have been exposed to poverty in several countries before.  For some reason, this hit me harder and made me even more […]

The Essence of Diane

The Essence of Diane Honest ~ Authentic ~  Logical Gregarious ~ Resilient ~  Determined I first met Diane Groves while we were both taking one of the courses to earn the Certified Financial Planner designation.    We worked in different companies, but while in that class, we became professional acquaintances. Diane was aware of some grandfathering provisions […]

The Essence of Imran

The Essence of Imran… curious, loyal, fearless, meticulous, relentless, grateful I didn’t know Imran personally until a couple of years ago.  Before that, I heard of him through friends and community members. I heard it said that he was quite a community-minded person. We got to meet and connect about two years ago.  We connected […]

Newfoundland

Newfoundland As Beautiful as the land is, Its people are even more Beautiful! We were in Newfoundland for 17 days, and I took almost 6,000 pictures.  Everywhere I looked was a photo to be taken.  We crossed the island from west to east and went into remote communities in the north and south. We both […]

Scotland 2023

Scotland 2023 I’ve had several friends and relatives who hailed from Scotland.  Even my wife Donna recently discovered that she has 25% Scottish heritage. To a person anyone who spent time there has implored me to visit.  Scotland has some of the most incredible scenery, history, and everything I would look for in a destination. […]

The Cedar Creek Reservoir Visit

Cedar Creek Reservoir 2023 At this career stage, I have the luxury of always adding “me days” before and after company conferences.  I am unwilling to fly halfway across the continent to go to a two or three-day conference and see the inside of a fancy hotel meeting room. Then, after the meeting,  go to […]

Native American Celebration

My conference trip to Dallas coincided with the Native American Celebration held in Dallas, Texas.  I had a basic idea of what to expect, but that idea turned into a wow experience.  I was going to stay a n hour or so.  I ended up staying for most of the show.   I’m not up […]

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