Nothing says evaluate like an epitaph.  The funny ones usually make it across our radar, but there are some pretty incredible “serious” epitaphs.  “Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death, Horseman pass by.” W. B. Yeats… “Like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stripped of its lettering and gilding, lies here, food for worms.  But the work shall not be wholly lost, for it will, as he believed, appear once more, in a new and more perfect edition, corrected and amended by the Author.” Benjamin Franklin.  My personal favorite, because it seems I’ve heard the words repeated by a relative when asked for a holiday recipe, “Over my dead body” is someone’s Aunt Kay – that recipe for her fudge.




By now it’s pretty common knowledge we love pets, especially dogs at the Walker house.  Here’s some friends of ours, “Animal Place” in Grass Valley, CA that have an amazing animal rescue program.  They rescue …. Cows, pigs, turkeys, goats, chickens, sheep and rabbits and adopt them out.

Kim Sturla and Ned Buyukmihci sold their homes, emptied their savings accounts to purchase a 60 acre block of undeveloped land in 1988 in Vacaville, CA to rescue farmed animals.  Theirs is a one-of-a-kind place with a completely different perspective on a animals usually raised to eat.





Rotary Clubs all over the country and especially here in Modesto take this day seriously by distributing special, comprehensive dictionaries to every 3rd grade student in the area-wide school system.  This tradition with Rotary began about 15 years ago nationwide and 11 years ago here in the Modesto school system.  Beginning with 1 club, Modesto Sunrise Rotary and since branching out to include all 4 clubs and all the schools in the area.




What’s happening with the NFL and the networks viewing?  If you haven’t heard or even been part of the latest trend; not watching NFL Sunday night football.  According to a headline story for the Sporting News, a third of NFL TV viewers are not watching in protest of the Colin Kaepernick-led protests.  Forbes sports writer, Mike Ozanian recently wrote, “the national anthem protests that began with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and has since been copied by other players have angered many fans.  And that anger may be one reason why the television ratings for the first week of NFL games were bad.”

But what’s really going on?  Twitter recently procured the rights to live stream Thursday night NFL football and has seen not only their stocks soar because of it, but seen membership rise.  Which lends itself to all kinds of speculation. Is it the endless commercials on network television?  The player protests?  The game itself?  Time and the survey takers will tell the story at the end of the season.




We give every generation a name; the latest group of young adults are the “Millenials” by definition, a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000, also known as Generation Y, Generation Me and Echo Boomers. – Watch what a group of “Millenials”in the U.S. do for an outdoorsman from Australia.  Inspiring and you may re-think your view of millennials.




How To Handle E-mail Overload: Well here’s a stark but brilliant solution from Tom Patterson, CEO “Tommy John” (undershirts for men).  When his e-mail box went from 150 or so a day to 300-400 as the company grew.  “There wasn’t enough minutes in the day to handle all of them.” His solution? Don’t answer them.  Instead Tom created an “auto response” that said “I am currently checking email before 9a.m. and after 5p.m. EST so there will be a delayed response.  If this is urgent please call or text.”  The result was remarkable: Tom was able to step back and “focus more on operations, strategy.. it allowed me to be more present and impactful,” he said.




What’s going on with the Dalai Lama? The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan people. While still spiritual leader, he has passed his political authority to democratic institutions and recently stated that there may not be a 15th Lama.

The Office of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama in his 82nd year on the planet and his 80th year as recognized Lama of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.  The Lama has thoroughly embraced the 21st century.  You can find the Dalai Lama on the web, Facebook,  Twitter, YouTube and still traveling to teach classes all over the world.  Where you won’t find the Dalai Lama is in Tibet, he has been exiled in India since the failed coup attempt to wrest Tibet from China in 1959 for his support of an autonomous Tibetan state.  However the communist Chinese have been working very hard counter the continued powerful influence of the Dalai Lama over the Chinese people by elevating a Lama of their own




We all have heard of Harley Davidson and those who ride their motorcycles are dedicated to the brand and company. Earlier this year the U.S. Government settled a lawsuit with the company due to failing to follow EPA guidelines with after market parts. Although Harley Davidson settled the case, they do not accept it as a form of guilty manufacturing. Click the link to read more