Change the World

As the world changes, you can either lead, follow, or get out of the way. I’ve chosen to do all three.

First, I’ve chosen to lead the way by adopting the newest version of WordPress, which is what this website (and many others) use as its foundation. This new version changes how blogs and websites are designed and written.

My biggest fear was that I would have to redo the design of the website, as well as each blog post I’ve written to date, to fit with the new formatting requirements. Fortunately, after an hour of playing around on my backup site, I found that there wasn’t a whole lot I would have to do. Only one or two things that I used to have to do I won’t have to do now, and there are only a couple of blog posts that will need a few housecleaning tweaks to get back to looking the way I want them to. No big deal!

I did find out that copying the original draft of my new blog post from Notepad to the website was no longer just a simple “copy and paste” exercise. New options are available, which once I get use to all of them will allow me more flexibility and creativity.

I also made major changes to the look of the website.  It was due for an update anyway.  Kind of like when you decide you want a new car.  It was due, and with all the other changes, it was also time.  The updates were the the perfect time to make the change.

So now, my website is all bright and shiny and has that new car… er, I mean new website smell.  I hope you like the new look.  Oh, and there are some more changes coming in the near future, as I learn and get used to all the new features available.

The next change to my world was one I had to just follow, because there was nothing else I could do. Until yesterday.


My first Grandson made his entrance into the world Thursday afternoon. Jacob Nolen arrived at 2:09 PM, weighing in at 9 pounds, 5 ounces and he is 20 1/2 inches tall. His Dad is happy, and his Mom is very happy! As for brand new BIG sister Miss A, she really isn’t all to keen on the idea of taking home a baby brother, so lets just say that the jury is still out.

And finally, I’ve been the “designated parent” for my eldest Granddaughter this past week. Her Mom is out of town for a couple of days of training for work, and my son is usually out the door a couple of hours before the sun wakes up, so I’ve been the one making sure she’s all set and ready to go before the school bus arrives in the morning. I am also this weeks contact person in case of trouble or injury at school, as well as the one picking her up after school from cheering and tumbling practice.

I haven’t had this much fun since my own kids were her age!

And I’ve been reacquainted with this thing called homework. I can help her out with most of it, and I was pretty darn good at math when I was in school, but when I had to help my kids with their homework, along came this thing that they dubbed “new math” and I was completely lost. Thankfully, my wife is a teacher and so she helped our kids with their math homework.

Fortunately, so far this week the math homework was simple enough for even me to understand. Even better, once I got her through the hard parts, the rest she got right away. However, as the math homework at the end of this week is heavy on the common core requirements, it’s now time for me to simply get out of the way.

It turns out that my son was pretty good at the new math, and so if there is something he doesn’t understand, he does a quick Google search for some help and then he can help Miss K with her homework assignment.

My world continues to change, as does yours. Stay open to those changes, and embrace them.

As for me, it’s time to go visit with my Grandson again.

I have found that I can Change the World.

While You See A Chance

Sometimes, when you aren’t looking, an opportunity will suddenly present itself to you.

While it may not look like what you are looking for, something about it just happens to catch your eye.

It is what you do next that is important.

You look it all over, and you start asking yourself questions about the opportunity in front of you. Even when it may not look like the opportunity you are looking for.

You think about it for a moment or two, and then it’s time. Time to either skip right over this potential opportunity…

And usually, that is where we stop. It is not what we are looking for. Not even close. It doesn’t look right, or feel right, or simply just isn’t us. And we just move on, looking for that next shiny object that catches our attention.

But every once in a while, something about an opportunity just happens to strike a chord, and you give it more than just a passing glance. You think about it just a tiny bit longer, and something about it just seems to reach out, calling out to you.

And you take it.

That is what I did two weeks ago. I saw a chance, I took a shot at it, and I got it. I am now a reporter for a weekly news podcast, and my first report was last Friday.

The podcast is called Gun News Review and the podcast itself can be found here as well as a few other places. The podcast gets posted on Friday afternoons.

Now wait! I know some of you may be having an absolute fit right about now, while others are doing a combination fist pump and happy dance. Relax, this weekly podcast is just stories that review what has happened during the past week in gun news. Like a newscast should, this podcast just reports on the facts of those stories.

So now, I can add podcaster to my resume. This opportunity allows me to get in and get a feel for podcasting. It also gives me the opportunity to knock off the rust that started to build up while I’ve been off the air, taking care of my Dad’s affairs after he passed away from cancer. Reading scripts, producing the audio, and all that stuff that is second nature to a broadcast professional needs to be used, to be honed and fine tuned constantly, or else it starts to loose its edge.

Suffice it to say that my first report took much longer to produce than it should have. But now that rust is off and that edge is nice and sharp once again.

I realize that this particular podcast might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that’s OK. We all have things we like, and things we don’t. But for me, I saw a chance to get back in the groove, and also start something new.

Where will this opportunity lead me? Who knows. Maybe my own podcast someday, or someone will hear me on that platform and decide that I’m perfect for some project that they have.

That is the funny thing about opportunity. Whenever you see a chance, you should take it! Because it can lead to other opportunities, and you never know where that may take you.