celebrating mamas

happy mother’s day

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Mother’s day is all about celebrating the one women we can all relate to, mom. A huge Happy Mother’s Day to the women who has always encouraged me to  be different. Mom, you are my friend, my hero, and my number one fan. I am beyond blessed to have you in my life and to call you mama. I hope your day is perfect! I love ya with all of my heart. Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 9.47.01 AM

a solid

the good guy

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On my way to work this morning I was listening to the This American Life podcast. This particular episode I was listening to is entitled Good Guys. The episode is asking the question: what does it take to be a “good guy”? What does it take to truly be a  good guy.  You will hear stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground.

This is a great way to start my morning and you will even hear about the “good guy discount”.

The Good Guy Discount:

a technique where you say, can I get a good guy discount on that? You’re a good guy, I’m a good guy– come on, just, you know, a good guy discount.

I dare you to try this next time you’re purchasing something. I would love to hear if you actually get away with getting a discount because you’re a good guy.

You will be faced with a moral dilemma, like Ben Calhoun says: It’s me saying, I’m a good guy, which I feel like it’s the kind of thing of saying, I’m so humble. The second part of it is, you’re saying, and the thing I’m going to do as a good guy is I’m going to ask you to do me a favor and cost yourself money. That’s what a good guy I am. And I don’t know. I find it to be not the behavior of a good guy.

So, with all of that said and after you listen to the podcast, would you use this trick of the trade? Do you think asking for the “good guy discount” defeats to purpose of being a good guy?

a new world

thanks to Columbus

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As the childhood rhyme goes, In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Every October 14th we “celebrate” Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus discovered a New World: America.

Like we learned from our grade school history classes, Columbus did not believe the world was flat; he believed its circumference was much smaller than it is. This helped him develop his west-to-East plan. Which would in-turn lead to his discovery of the New World. A few more facts that we also learned growing up:  Columbus used three ships on his voyage the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

After doing a little reading about Columbus on Columbus Day I read the following:

Columbus tends to be credited with discovering America, but that assertion is not historically true, Christopher Wanjek wrote for CBS News Thursday.

“Yes, let’s ignore the fact that millions of humans already inhabited this land later to be called the Americas, having discovered it millennia before,” Wanjek wrote. “And let’s ignore that whole Leif Ericson voyage to Greenland and modern-day Canada around 1000 C.M.E. If Columbus discovered America, he himself didn’t know. Until his death he claimed to have landed in Asia, even though most navigators knew he didn’t.”

So why does the U.S. celebrate Columbus? Wanjek argues that because the U.S. was fighting with England in the early years of the nation’s existence, colonists chose to discount John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland around 1497 and go with Christopher Columbus as their heroic explorer instead.

So what’s your opinion is Columbus a hero, a villain or both? Whatever you think we have to remember that Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States, but many nations home to, visited and/or explored by Christopher Columbus also celebrate the holiday in their own ways.

Here’s to Columbus!