October 27, 2022

Friday Thoughts: Action vs. Inaction

In 1966, Manny came to this country not speaking any English. He enrolled at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles and began his life here in America. His first week, a young man showed up at school with a gun. Coming from Latin America, Manny had seen many things. Growing up, he’d always been taught to take action, whether in school, in life, or when there was a conflict. With that in mind, seeing this young man with a gun and the danger he presented, Manny moved quickly. He went right up to the boy, reached back, and swung as […]
October 20, 2022

Lessons from the Lone Survivor.

Have you heard of Marcus Luttrell, better known as the “Lone Survivor?” I’ve known Marcus for years now, first introduced through friends and then seeing him speak several times. For those who aren’t familiar, I’ll leave it to Wikipedia to fill you in: “Marcus Luttrell is a retired United States Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his actions in June 2005 against Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wings in which he was the lone survivor.” For some reason, he popped into my head this morning. Specifically, I recalled a talk he gave about ten years […]
October 13, 2022

Friday Thoughts – “You’re leaving me?”

“You’re leaving me?” “Just for a little while, buddy. We’ll hang out more at the house later today, I promise.” My son said that to me earlier this week while we were all on vacation. For whatever reason, it’s stuck with me. He saw my leaving the park for a little while with a buddy as “leaving him.” It shouldn’t be a big deal, right? But his words, the tone of his voice, keep echoing with me. What choices am I making today that are impacting the way he feels? How about the way he feels about our relationship? Is there anything […]
October 2, 2022

September 2022 Market & Economic Recap

  Stock Market Through September, the stock market performed as follows: S&P500 -9.34% DOW -8.84% Nasdaq Composite -10.5% In September, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced their biggest one-month loss since March of 2020. For both stock indexes, it was their worst-performing September since 2002.   September swoons September swoons are somewhat typical for the stock market. Going back to 1928, the S&P 500 has dropped 7% or more at least 11 times. Likewise, the Dow has declined by 7% or more 13 times going back to 1928. And with the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, we only need to go […]
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