September 16, 2021

Attitude and Effort

There are many factors that contribute to success, but so much of success is about attitude and effort. Coach Larry Hays, former Texas Tech University head baseball coach and the fourth winningest college baseball coach of all times, highlighted these two important factors for his team with the following formula: ATTITUDE + EFFORT + EVERYDAY […]

The KISS Principle

KISS             Kelly Johnson was the lead engineer at the “Lockheed Skunk Works” that created such notable spy planes as the U-2 and the SR-71. Reportedly, he gave his team the challenge to design an aircraft that could be repaired by average mechanics with only a handful of tools while in the field and under […]

From the Philosopher Andy Rooney’s Lips to Our Ears

In many ways, Andy Rooney is a modern day philosopher for me. I don’t agree with anyone all of the time…not even myself. But, I do agree with each of the statements below, and the older I get the more I agree. Mr. Rooney has a special way with words―let his musings marinate this week. […]

The Adolescent Brain

During the past three to four years, neuroscience research (brain studies) involving adolescents have provided new and important information that should help us better understand their behaviors. For example, developmentally the adolescent brain is different than the child and adult brain. Here are a few of the findings: The adolescent brain matures intellectually before it […]

Abiding in Nature with Independence

The power of God’s natural principles is embedded in the document of 237 years ago…the words of the Declaration of Independence.   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit […]

Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan

Is it time to develop your “Summertime Survival/Flourishing Plan,” moms and dads? Let me make a suggestion or two and let’s keep it simple and on point. Your job is to set up and manage the environment effectively so your children can make good choices. This will take a plan with a reasonable structure that […]

Meaning and Memories

It’s been about eight months since the last “From Grampy’s Rocker” blog. I guess you could say I’ve been “off my rocker” since then.  Well, I’m back on my rocker and am ready to talk some “Grampy smack.” Lately, I’ve been thinking about meaning and memories and how they’re related to what I do 24/7. […]

A Loving Heart is The Truest Wisdom

“A Loving Heart is The Truest Wisdom” ~ Charles Dickens   I’ve been thinking about last week’s blog: The Opposites Principle. When I wrote it I was thinking about how powerful this natural principle is in all of our lives…primarily our children’s life. Since the writing we have experienced a shocking example of evil and […]

The Opposites Principle

Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing. ~Ben Hogan   The “Opposites Principle” is the commonsense name for the more formal “Bipolarity Principle.” It states that every proposition must be capable of being both […]

Living in Stressful Times, Part III

This week we finish our “Living in Stressful Times” with Part III. I’d like to share some information from two research studies that were recently published. First, let’s start with a study published by the Mayo Clinic involving over 800 children between the ages of 7 and 18. The group developed two eight-question surveys that […]