Jim, Abby, Mélanie

Sifting through tough stuff and Landauing on your feet

Catching up


Jim loves the new opening theme music. We give Purple Planet credit and, who knows? Maybe they’ll work with us on other things. He thinks that the cats and dog definitely dance to it, and they lent their vocals to the production.

Jim was inspired and has been working diligently on his screenplay, FONTANNA.

We discuss how our orange tabby would make a great Shakespearean actor.


It was hot. Damn hot. Gotta quit twisting the knee. She’s working on a new webinar for Administrative Professionals. She values Jim’s eyeballs on her work as she creates pretty much everything. Jim admits he likes her angles.

Mélanie gushes about the upcoming guest who was influential in her first book.

Good news

An Indiana woman used her cancelled wedding dinner to feed the homeless. Sarah Cummins used her $30,000 non-refundable deposit to bless many other lives. Local homeless shelters and business got involved, donating clothing and other needed items.

Not really great news, but a great legacy, Jim talked about his reverence for Martin Landau. He shared one of his quotes.

Everything that has happened to me is of value to me. As painful as certain things are, and have been, and were, there’s a use for those things in my life and in my work.”

~Martin Landau

Mélanie shared that President Trump is not the racist monster the Press tries to paint him to be. In fact, he went out of his way to get visas for an all-girl Afghan robotics team to compete at the US capital. Of course, this news was completely buried until the Left was able to twist it into something bad.

Dog Abby

What do you do with your bad boss? Read Abby’s answer here.





Lead-in music by Purple Planet

Dog Abby, advice from a Golden

Bad boss! Bad! – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

My boss chastised me in front of my teammates at our weekly meeting yesterday. I am embarrassed and hurt and need to somehow let him know before it further damages our professional relationship. How do you suggest I handle this?

Hurt in Hamilton

Dog Abby paw print


Dear Bad Dog Dude,

When my mom was first training me, she had the good grace to take me to an open field where we could be alone and honest with each other. We developed a mutual trust that made working together easy and even fun. To this day, mom will only tell me “no” and use what I call “mean mommy voice” when I have done something very, very bad that must be fixed right there and then to protect me and others.

But you must understand, I am a dog. You may treat dogs like people, but you do not treat people like dogs.

If your boss is a grown-up and can handle it, be honest with him. Take this letter to your boss and talk about it. Also, give him a copy of mom’s book, The Sniper’s Guide to Leadership, turned to page 178 with the following paragraph highlighted:

“Criticizing someone in front of their peers is ineffective. Even if you have a perfectly valid point, all they hear is that you desired to humiliate them. It does not motivate, never has, and never will. The closest thing you will ever see is that person straightening out just long enough to find another job. Usually what you’ll see is a team that avoids you and each other with each member just trying to not get singled out.”

If your boss is not a grown-up who can handle it, run away. I would rather herd sheep or chase pigeons than fetch tennis balls for a tyrant.

Censorship is bullying

Bully for you, but not for me

There is a despicable trend on the interwebs, one that you won’t see when talking to people in person. By talking, I mean actually TALKING, not the degenerative monologues we are seeing on main-stream media and on Facebook. This trend is the belief that s/he/it who shouts insults the loudest wins. Anyone who dares disagree with you magically becomes a Nazi, a racist, a homophobe, a fill-in-the-victim-of-the-week-aphobe-ist.

Name calling. Mature.

The thing that is really disgusting is that these people SAY they are against bullying, even as they use public shaming, baseless accusations, censorship, literal hate speech, and – yes – even violence to shut down anyone who even slightly disagrees. They get really frothy at the mouth if someone employs logic or science. They honestly believe that if a sensible person gives up and walks away from their intolerable screeching, they have “won” some sort of fight. They consider it a win even if they started a conflict where none existed before.

While it is comical to watch, it is dangerous to society. They are degrading decency and promoting violence all in the name of “tolerance.”

Quick reality check, folks, TOLERANCE means “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with.”

We, the open-minded, studious, RATIONAL population of the planet challenge the rest of you to live up to your own expectations.

The alt-text for the alt-?

Jim, Abby, Mélanie

You’re in Good Hands

Catching up


Der Jimble is working on a screenplay for a new TV series. He is in The Zone! The show’s working title is FONTANA and is about a vigilante squad. Stay tuned for more.


Melanie is working on her book WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? and conducting a webinar for Lorman Institute this week on Communication.

Good news

We officiated over the wedding of an interracial marriage. The bride and groom’s families are giving them grief, which we find appalling in this day and age. Love is Love!

We talk of the Law of Attraction and put forth the notion that your choices of friends will strongly affect your life. We are blessed to have such amazing friends in our life.

From the news:

100-Year-Old Man Still Volunteers 20 Hours a Week

Dad Takes Hilarious Pics With His Baby Girl In Costumes And They’re Just Too Adorable

Allstate Commercial From The 1970s Gives Family A Visit From Deceased Dad

Dog Abby

If it was just a joke, but it hurt your wife, is it still funny? Read Abby’s answer here.





Lead-in music by Purple Planet

Dog Abby, advice from a Golden

Toss the ball – Dog Abby

Dog Abby,

I made a joke about my wife and she was hurt by it. It was just a joke! She has barely spoken to me since, and she’s being really immature about it. How do I help her get over it already? It was just a joke!

Funny on Fremont

Dog Abby paw print


Dear Meanie McMeanness

My dad thinks it’s hilarious to hold the ball and pretend like he’s throwing it. He laughs at me when I trust him and go running after it when he still has it in his hand. Here’s the thing, I am just humoring him because I know how slow he is. I pretend to be stupid so that he can feel better about himself. Eventually, he’ll stop and just toss the ball. If he did not, I would stop trusting him and I would not play with him anymore. Is this what you want your wife to do?

Dad is not trying to hurt my feelings, but if you hurt your wife’s feelings, it was not a joke, it was mean. She doesn’t need to get over it, you do. Say you are sorry and toss the ball already. She trusts you. Don’t ruin that.


A Bold Move

Independence Day


When you think of the Fourth of July, what do you think about? Is it hot dogs and hamburgers, music, fireworks? Is it taking the day off from work, watching sports on TV, throwing back a few cold ones? Or is it something much more important?


Hardly anyone I know calls the 4th of July Independence Day any more. I realize it’s easier to say “Fourth of July” than it is to say “Independence Day.” (Fewer syllables? Rolls off the tongue better? Who knows…) I am just as guilty as anyone of using the shortcut most of the time. As we approach the anniversary of the adopting of the Declaration of Independence, I want to take some time to remind myself and others as to the significance of this day.


The signing of the Declaration of Independence from England was considered an act of treason by the Crown. The 56 men who signed this document knew they were putting their lives and their livelihoods at risk .They also knew they were putting the lives of their families and communities in jeopardy. But they moved forward with it, knowing that the time had come to sever governmental ties to a country they had found less and less in common with, but who was still regulating and taxing them. They put forth “the proposition that all men are created equal,” and that they had been granted “inalienable rights” to live their lives free from the tyranny of King George.


The British Empire was a dominating force in the world at that time, and it was folly to consider such a bold move against the status quo. Indeed, many fellow colonists preferred to stay part of Britain, for both economic and political reasons. (Sound familiar?)  Britain, of course, didn’t take this lying down, and war commenced.


Upon Britain’s surrender, the great experiment of the United States truly began. But none of this would have happened without the bold move of those 56 men in July of 1776.


So please take a moment this 4th to think about the real meaning of the day, and educate those who would diminish its meaning.