Author: Rick Thues

Different

Episode #694 May 21, 2022 i am a different body than i was seven years ago. In fact, some of my cells (such as stomach lining cells) are replaced every five days.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1mPu8GQzdQ Some of my cells have never been replaced. i have had the same neurons in my cerebral cortex since i was born. i am the same because my memories, thought, language, attention and consciousness cells are always with me. i am different because i am not the same physical presence. i also differ as my neurons die and my memories fade. Everyone else is different...

Coexist

Episode #693 May 14, 2022 Last month i was camping in Joshua Tree National Park with some old high school friends. We meet on Zoom every Monday for 40 minutes since we live in disparate locations. The Zoom helps us all to stay close. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYYIEckXqhw Don Taco is a washtub bass musician and writer. He tells a good story. His van is optimized for camping and exploration. He will always choose the road not taken. Joe is a retired chemist who loves woodworking, kaiaking and camping. His van is also tricked out for camping which he does often with his wife....

Eye on the Goal

Episode #692 May 7, 2022 Years ago i worked with a fellow trade show exhibit builder, Ray. We were journeyman cabinetmakers.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKYjUn-SBcg Ray was about 20 years older than i. We worked in the same shop at the same pay. One day Ray threw a party for his shop friends. His house was in Norco, California. Norco is a suburban equestrian town in Riverside County. Ray owned a 3000 square foot house on 2 acres. It had a barn and horse paddock which was home to four horses. The back of the lot adjoined an undeveloped hillside. It was...

Patient Communication

Episode #691 April 30, 2022 i am saddened when i find myself unwilling or unable to communicate. Sometimes it is because i lack respect. Other times it's my failure to trust. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myZ32Pf-5PE If i muster the patience i can listen, consider, hold my knee jerk responses while listening, wait to respond, acknowledge the other’s points, look on the bright side and maybe, just maybe, approve their points with a smile. Communication is all about patience. Impatience leads to frustration, anger and impasse. I exercise patience in my communications through respectful debate. Rather than dictate my point of view i express...

Conflict

Episode #690 April 23, 2022 i want things done my way. Don’t you? Everything i know i learned. Those lessons were valuable. They taught me efficiency, value, self reliance and survival.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xigcSL6Urs   When someone wants to do something differently from what i know, it causes warning signals in my mind. What risks does this represent to me? What dangers may others risk? Has the alternate solution been thought through? Is this a learning opportunity for me? My first reaction is "NO." But i owe it to others to hear them out. Experience, instruction and Google can only go...

EBH

Episode #689 April 16, 2022 In recognition of the 45th Annual Easter Beer Hunt and Rib Roast (which is today) i have included here the story of the 20th Annual EBH, perhaps the most memorable of all the parties.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsNWlM3fWmI   We Jump EBH The Easter Beer Hunt (EBH) is a tradition started in 1977. My sister has a birthday that sometimes falls on Easter. In 1977 her birthday was Saturday, the day before Easter. I called her up. “Hey Debbi, I want to throw you an Easter themed birthday party.” “Oh boy. That will be fun,” she said....