Author: Rick Thues

Miracle on 34th Street

Episode #725 December 24, 2022 I am a sucker for some movies. “My Friend Flicka” always makes me cry. I cheer for Lassie when she is searching for Timmy. I was totally overcome the other day when I watched “Miracle on 34th Street.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOrnUquxtwA You probably know the plot of “Miracle on 34th Street.” A kind old bearded man, Kris Kringle, believes himself to be Santa Claus. His pet project is to spark imagination into the minds of Doris Walker and her daughter Susan. He feels that Christmas has become commercialized. Convincing the mother and daughter of his identity will...

Ash Dive

Episode #724 December 17, 2022 This last week skydivers performed three ash dives at the drop zone I frequent.      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH2w6Oxx0kQ An ash dive is where skydivers release the ashes of departed friends in free fall. I was privileged to be on one of these jumps so that I could make one last skydive with my friend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-UNW0u2Jvs Ash dives, like funerals, are not for the dead. They are for the living. We share memories of our friends, meet relatives and friends outside our circle and celebrate a life. The three deaths were not skydiving accidents. They were from...

Batteries

Episode #723 December 10, 2022 Since man learned to control fire, civilization has prospered from the ready availability of energy. Energy is essential for survival and arguably for peace on Earth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQetemT1sWc In the Star Trek galaxy vast numbers of civilizations coexist peacefully. This is in no small part due to dilithium crystals. It is a power source that can drive warp speed space ships, transport people from one location to another and produce goods and food out of thin air in a replicator. This source of unlimited energy eliminates competition for resources and allows people to focus on peace....

Slow is Fast

Episode #722 December 3, 2022 “Slow is smooth. Smooth is fast.” Focus on the moment slows Time.  Slowing of Time projects the Mind into the Future where you arrive ahead of schedule.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBQxG0Z72qM “Slow down, you move too fast You got to make the morning last Just kicking down the cobblestones Looking for fun and feeling groovy Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy Hello lamppost, what'cha knowing I've come to watch your flowers growin' Ain't you got no rhymes for me? Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy I got no deeds to do, no promises to...

Marketing

Episode #721 November 26, 2022 The most effective marketing is word of mouth.   Advertising delivers the message. Amazon algorithms bring attention to the masses. But word of mouth convinces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGWtMl49-jU To all my readers who have bought “Technically Human” and/or “Skydivers Know Why Birds Sing,” thank you. It is the highest compliment you could have given to me. In the 14 years I have been writing this bLog I have never advertised. With the publication of my books, I broke that rule. I now advertise my two books at the end of each episode. The bLog has always been...

The Road Not Taken

Episode #720 November 19, 2022 In Frank Herbert’s Dune, the Guild Navigators were prescient. They could see all the possible routes through space. They guided their space ships on a route that did not end in disaster, such as crashing into a star. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D37POA11KY Choice is a skill that we all exercise every moment of our lives. Each action we take is based on a variety of choices. The course we choose is the one which most mitigates our risks while still achieving our goal. When walking on an uneven path our foot placements are those which are likely not...