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Kim’s Wisdom

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

Preface: Kimberly Sue is my eldest daughter.  At age 30, she was killed by a drunk driver.  In her business life she was a lot like me, only better, a lot better.  We shared the love of Desiderata.  After her death, I found a decoupaged plaque of it in her apartment.  Both of us used a Franklin Planner to organize …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 6

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

Stratton’s Advice for Life’s Journey–Section 6 I’m not an expert but I am experienced. From listening comes knowledge, From speaking comes repentance. Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought. Albert Szent Gyorgy If I don’t ask “Why me” after my victories, I cannot ask “Why me” after my setbacks and disasters. …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 5

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

STRATTON’S ADVICE FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY–SECTION 5 When you think the world can’t do without you, put your hand in a bucket of water; pull it out and measure the size of the hole. Don’t apologize for success.  As Dizzy Dean said, ” Pardner, It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.” To learn more; say I don’t know, I …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 4

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

STRATTON’S ADVICE FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY–SECTION 4 Learn to cry to release your emotions. Vote in all the elections. Take the responsibility, don’t blame others. Remember newspapers and magazines represent an opinion. Demand excellence and be willing to pay for it. Do a nice thing for someone who won’t know who did it. Enjoy family and class reunions. Relish the beauty …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 3

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

STRATTON’S ADVICE FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY–SECTION 3 Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. Victor Hugo Positive anything is better than negative nothing. Elbert Hubbard We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there. Smokey and the Bandit Ninety percent of the work done in this country is done by people who don’t feel …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 2

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

STRATTON’S ADVICE FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY–SECTION 2 In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on. Robert Frost (from this desk of Kimberly Sue Stratton, and how meaningful that has been) We remember 90% of what we do, 75% of what we say, 50% of what we see, and 10% of what we hear. Lost …

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STRATTON’S ADVICE–SECTION 1

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

STRATTON’S ADVICE FOR LIFE’S JOURNEY – SECTION 1 Memorize and believe in the Jaycee Creed THE JAYCEE CREED We Believe: That faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; That the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of nations; That economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; That government should be of laws …

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A Story To Live By

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

Introduction: This story was written by Ann Wells and came into my life when I was a member of a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team in the 1990s.  The CISD team helped firefighters, EMTs, law enforcement, dispatchers, and other emergency services people deal with the psychological trauma we experienced in our work.  Serving on this team was a most satisfying experience. …

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Goose Sense

In Stratton’s Adviceby Gary

Introduction: Humans can learn a lot of things from the animals God created to inhabit this earth if we would just pause to watch and study them.  This story came into my life when I was part of a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team.  The team helped emergency services people to deal with the psychological trauma that is part of …