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

Hope for the Next Generation?

April 9, 2013By dennisbrookeDoing the Right Thing, Just for Fun

Several friends recently despaired about the fate of grown children raised by their “helicopter parent” friends. According to them these college educated twenty somethings, including one with a Master’s Degree from Notre Dame, had been coddled from the cradle and were now having problems making it in the real world without mommy and daddy to … 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 Unexpected Gift

January 24, 2012By dennisbrookeDoing the Right Thing

What do you get a blind woman for Christmas when you’re on a tight budget? In one case a little creativity on the part of a friend resulted in a unique, and very touching, gift. My mother-in-law lost her sight to macular degeneration over a  decade ago and we often struggle to find appropriate gifts … Read More

The Accidental Capitalists

November 29, 2011By dennisbrookeDoing the Right Thing

As I recover from my annual Turkey coma (prolonged by leftovers) I recall that the Pilgrims are often remembered for their “Protestant Work Ethic.” I think it’s fascinating that they didn’t start out that way. You see, for the first few years in the wilderness that would become the United States of America this important … Read More