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I am not a %

I am not a %

Below is one of my favorite cartoons. Yes, I realize that the artist is trying to make fun of those who believe in bettering themselves.

Huh? Rather than demonize those we envy, why not try to become enviable?

Honestly, I am tired of being told that anyone who succeeds is “bad” and the great masses (the 99%) are somehow better for being lessor. Dragging others down to your level only makes us all worse off.

I am not a victim. I am not a %. I will not hide behind every stupid, crippling excuse to remain in a place I don’t want to be.

It’s ridiculous and pathetic that it’s now in vogue to be in need.

Fair Share – Dog Abby

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Fair Share – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I volunteer for a local charity benefitting veterans and the elderly. Recently, a board member criticized me for not doing my fair share of work. Abby, I work a full time job, have a family, and have an active church life as well. I don’t have as much time to devote to this as this board member does, as he is retired. It made me angry enough to consider leaving, but I love doing this. Should I take my talent elsewhere?

Hurt in Houston

Dog Abby paw print


Dear Hurt,

Maybe I am thinking about this too simply (I mean, I am a dog, after all), but how much are you getting paid? Mom told me that “volunteer” means you don’t. So what is your fair share? Is it divided by how much you are paid? Then you are already giving 20 bazillion times more than anyone else!

My cat, Max, thinks that his fair share is anything that lands on the floor. We have had very serious discussions about this in the past. Well, I am the dog, and since I am at least 10 times bigger than him, I tend to get the most. I fetch the paper and do other chores around the house while all he does is meow. It’s only fair.

So, since your friend has 10 times more time than you do, he should do more than you do. It’s only fair.

When Max and I talk about it, he is very reasonable. Maybe you should talk to your friend and work out a schedule. Sometimes those of us who are bigger just like to have our say. Other times, we just want more treats.



On the Crazy Train

On the Crazy Train

I am not a Nazi.

Just making sure that’s out there – because pointing out the obvious seems to be mandatory for any public declarations these days. Do you know why I must state that? For stating the following: I am not a Communist.

See, the political climate has emboldened half-wits with positively no knowledge of history to honestly believe that you must be one or the other. This is insane.

Both are evil. Both have no place in the U.S. or any civilized society. Both lead to control and murder. And, yet… anyone who publicly states they are NOT pro-Antifa or did NOT vote for Hillary are immediately labelled as Nazis. Even if they are gay Jews or black themselves, they are somehow white supremacists. Welcome aboard the Crazy Train.

So, what we end up with are a bunch of brain-washed, violent racists who are fighting violence and racism by being violent and racist. Told you it was off the rails.

If you are against fascism, racism, government control, mass murder, and the quashing of personal freedoms – well, then, by definition you are against both of those ideologies. It is simple, frankly. Look it up if you are not familiar with the history.

Anyway, I gotta get back to my goose-stepping or flag waving or boot shining or whatever in the hell Nazis do. I have no clue…

By the way, I am amazed at how timely this old song’s lyrics are…

Lyrics to Crazy Train

Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate
Mental wounds not healing
Life’s a bitter shame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

Let’s go!
I’ve listened to preachers
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role
Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words


Dave Clark

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Dave Clark

I first met Dave Clark more than a decade ago at a Toastmasters meeting he was filming. Or speaking in. Or maybe I was speaking. You know, it was so long ago that I don’t remember how we met, but I do remember it was through Toastmasters and we were instant friends. One gets to know Dave incrementally. He can come off as a quiet guy, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a deep thinker. He has an awesome sense of humor. He’s supportive, intelligent, and resourceful. We have a lot to learn from Dave and how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (as if it hasn’t already happened).

How to find Dave:

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Hiss and growl or forgive and forget – Dog Abby

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Hiss and growl or forgive and forget – Dog Abby

Dog Abby:

Several years ago, I had a falling out with my brother when I pointed out that his wife was openly disrespecting him. They have since divorced, and he recently called me to ask forgiveness for taking sides with her even though deep down, he knew she was wrong. I’m still very hurt over the whole thing. Should I let bygones be bygones?

Sister in Santa Ana

Dog Abby paw print


Dear UpSetter:

When Mom and Dad first got together, Dad had a cat named Junior Barnes. I had a cat named Stormy, and we were best friends, but Junior did not like me. Not. One. Bit. He would hiss and growl and run away, even if I was just sitting there. I tried to be friends, but he was not interested. Later, when Mom and Dad moved in together, Junior found out that he could go in and out of my doggie door. He really liked that door. He realized that we would be able to get along, and we became friends. He would even sleep on the bed with me sometimes. Our whole lives changed from there on — from losing Stormy, to gaining new kitties, to moving all the way to another state. Junior and I went through a lot together, and it would have been really hard if we were not friends through it all.

If Junior Barnes can forgive me for being a dog, then you can forgive your brother for being a bonehead. You don’t have to remember the whys and hows or even the whos and whats. What is important is that he wants to be your brother again.

Junior crossed over the rainbow bridge two years ago, and we all really miss him. I am glad that we were able to be friends. Never, ever, ever let a moment go by to make up with someone you love. You just don’t know how long you will have.


Junior Barnes

Junior Barnes and me during our photoshoot for my book, Nose-to-Nose Networking

Freedom isn’t free…or in style…

Freedom isn’t free…or in style…

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
~The First Amendment

The US message, “Freedom isn’t free,” typically pertains to the sacrifices we, as a society, made and continue to make in order to be the freest, safest, most successful civilization ever to exist on this blue marble. While we abhor wars, we celebrate our warriors who protected us and those who now volunteer to do so.

Still, we did all this so that we could have real, honest-to-goodness freedom. This means that sometimes people are going to say things you disagree with. Good! Sometimes, people are going to flat-out disagree with your ideas and ideals. Good! Sometimes someone may even hurt your itty bitty feewings.

Get over it.

Censorship by brute force helps no one. It does not belong in our country. Lashing out physically against someone who SAID something because you THINK it might imply the IDEA of violence is lunacy.

Words are not violence. Free thought is not violence. Disagreeing with people is not violence.

Smacking them upside the head with your flag, yanking their microphone out of their hands, tripping and beating them, throwing fire bombs and smashing windows, kicking and hitting them – those are violence.

By declaring free speech “hate” or “violence,” you are allowing the thought police to declare war on a fundamental U.S. law. One that our ancestors fought for. One that we should not have to fight against YOU to keep.

Don’t believe for a minute that the tide won’t turn against you.

This divide of ideas has locked us into a constant state of “us” and “them” mentality that is destroying our nation. The only key is to calm the hell down and use your brain.

Kevin Huston, EA, USTCP

Kevin Huston, EA, USTCP

Kevin is a speaker, but not just the boring, ethics/taxes guy that you would expect at a National Association of Tax Professionals conference (sorry fellow bean counters). Kevin blends humor, magic, and know-how into powerful programs that get results. With an almost cult-like following, he is the go-to guy to get your tax and ethics continuing education credits from.

With all the letters that do (and could) follow his name, Kevin is still a down-to-earth guy. In fact, knowing him personally, I find him fun, witty, and — well, I’ll just say it — sweet. He worked hard to get where he is today, one could even call him a fighter, yet he still managed to stay true to himself and kind to others. Kevin is the type of person that enriches your life just by knowing him.


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Unchain Yourself — Dog Abby

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Unchain Yourself — Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I have just received a job offer for a position that I know would be perfect for me. However, it’s in another state that I only visited long enough for the job interview. I’m starting to have second thoughts, as I have never been more than 50 miles away from the town I grew up in.  This would mean basically starting my whole life over. Should I give this a try?

Chained in Chillicothe

Dog Abby paw print


Dear Ruh-roh in Ruttsville,

Your name says it all. Chained? Dogs hate being chained, and obviously you understand that sentiment. You long to run free. Why are you chaining yourself to a place or a job? You’re the one in charge. Run free! What is the worst that can happen? When I moved to Las Vegas with mom and dad and my kitties, I was worried that I would miss my lake and my ducks. Instead, I got my own pool! The only thing that would have been worse is if I tried to stay behind or someone chained me to my old life. Dogs don’t get the choice to be chained or not. You do. Go. Try it. If you don’t like it, try something else.


And now for some…good news?

Let’s see here…I’m looking for some good news to report tonight. I’ll try Google.

This looks promising…

Looks good - good news!

Good news on ABC – NOT!





I guess I’ll click on it and see what great things are going on in the world.

This is good news?

Why are they all smiling? I’m very confused.…maybe if I scroll?

Maybe they are as confused by the term “good” as they are by the term “news.”


George Gilbert

George Gilbert

Can laughter save your life?

George Gilbert says, “Yes!”

George comes from a highly-regarded show business family and has built on that legacy as a standup comic and improvisational actor. After graduating from UNLV with a degree in communications, he applied his background in humor to public speaking. He was the very first Toastmaster from the state of Nevada to become an Accredited Speaker (and the 50th in the world). He is the author of two books, From Standup to Stand Out, and Take Two Laughs and Call Me in the Morning. His mission is to provide information and inspiration to corporations and professional organizations by demonstrating, in an entertaining format, how humor can benefit their businesses and lives. In addition to all of this, he is a genuinely great guy.

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