Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom - Frozen TV Dinners


"If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners."
- Johnny Carson

What hath Cousin Philo wrought? It's hard to imagine a world without television and everything that followed from it. While much was good about it, I do lament the invention of the frozen TV dinner. The food was absolutely wretched: rubbery chicken, fake mashed potatoes with glue-like gravy, and those horrible huge green peas. Yuck!
But whatever harm those dinners did to our stomachs was nothing compared to the damage they did to the evening ritual of sharing family stories around a communal table. Having dinner together - breaking bread and talking about the events of the day - were the cords that held our clans together. In our race to plop ourselves in front of prime-time TV, we unwittingly dissolved those ties.

So do I blame rubbery chicken, glue-like gravy, and Cousin Philo for all the ills of the world? No, but I do wish we could turn off the TV (and smart phones and X-Box) long enough to talk together, ask questions, and, yes, tell some family stories. Come to think of it, isn't that why Netflix was invented? And Priceless Conversations?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wednesday Wisdom - Holiday Pounds

Wednesday Wisdom from Scott - January 13, 2016


"People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and New Year's Day, but they really should be worried about what they eat between New Year's Day and Christmas."


I'll admit it. My problem is just the opposite-I don't worry what I eat between Christmas and New Year's Day. By the time January the 1st rolls around, I'm rolling around with all those extra holiday pounds. Uugh!
Now what? Well, I'm visibly no expert on dieting, but some advice I once got on another subject seems to be the logical first step: "When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

Whatever bad habits we've picked up, whether in our business life or our personal life, will never be corrected unless we first cease and desist. Before we can get ourselves out of a mess we've dug ourselves into, we've got to stop digging.

Or in my case, stop eating. "Sir, put down those pies, cakes, chips, dips, and leftover Christmas candy and step away."