Look to the Goal, and Stay out of the Ditch

December 20, 2014By dennisbrookeBuilding the Best Relationships, Doing the Right Thing, Leadership, Leadership from the Middle, The Writing Journey

I took a motorcycle class to get re-certified and learned an important principle that goes way beyond riding two wheelers. The instructor emphasized over and over in both the classroom and on the course that when you’re making a turn you want to look through the turn—look where you’re going—and not at the obstacle near … Read More

A Gift for Making Friends

October 1, 2013By dennisbrookeBuilding the Best Relationships

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson Why do some people have a knack at connecting with others? Over the last several decades my wife and I had a chance to observe one person who had this gift—my mother-in-law, Patti Scarrah. Patti started to go blind over a decade … Read More

Everyday is Valentine’s Day?

February 14, 2012By dennisbrookeBuilding the Best Relationships, Doing the Right Thing, Just for Fun, Travels of The Road Warrior, Wooing Your Wife

Ten months after Laurie and I started dating we had our first Valentine’s Day together. We were both freshman at the University of Washington and commuted together to the campus. During a break between classes she presented me with a card to celebrate the occasion. Like a typical clueless college boy, I had neglected to … Read More

The Big Story

June 29, 2011By dennisbrookeBuilding the Best Relationships, Doing the Right Thing, Leadership from the Middle, The Last Apostle, The Writing Journey

I’ve neglected my story telling blog recently because I’ve been working on a bigger story, a longer one, a novel about 95,000 words long. I recently entered my manuscript into a contest for unpublished fiction writers. I was optimistic because an earlier version of the same story had placed third in an international on-line contest and … Read More