Book of Sayings
An old man's reflections and lessons learned for his children's children
I’ve been collecting famous, and not so famous, quotations since I was a teenager. Some are short pithy sayings, often axiomatic in nature, while others are more provocative and, at times, humorous. This book contains my reflections on those sayings and gives accounts of how they sometimes intersected with my life and taught me things. Ultimately, I hope my essays have some valuable lessons for young adults…including, of course, my children and their children.
The highest form of kindness is an altruistic act that is done anonymously.
Wisdom is found by not just seeking. It comes to those who are also receptive. Those who see, hear and listen… selflessly...not tied up in dogma…free.
I like the idea that we create our own values and determine a meaning in life… and are wholly responsible for our actions.
McLuhan thought our new electronic media might bridge this tribal divide by linking everyone together into a kind of “global village”.
One thing to remember on your path to conquering something new: don’t be put off by the sense of unfamiliarity.
Donald Trump now promises, and is well on the way to overturning Barack Obama’s entire legacy and returning the country back to its elitist, misogynous, and racist past.
As a liberal, bon vivant actress, Tallulah lived life to the fullest. She learned, grew and developed. As Einstein once wrote, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” I would add, avoiding new things for fear of failing is a recipe for a boring life.
I admire the social and political activism of companies like Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company. They have fought big government and big business for years… often going beyond mere acts of philanthropy. Their mission, and many other emerging companies (Community Benefit Corporations, in particular), is to literally change ways of doing business and, ultimately, change the world.
Some of us have a desire to keep moving to see ever more…it boils down to an insatiable curiousity.
Bobby d's Locavore's Digest
Thinking globally, eating and drinking locally
This collection of stories reflect my experiences as an avid locavore. Over the years, as I’ve traveled through my region, or abroad, I’ve always made a point of visiting interesting local food and beverage producers. For me, they are rock stars.
My Locavore's manifesto has 4 basic rules: 1. Wherever you are, consume locally crafted foods and beverages; 2. Learn the stories of these farmers and producers, and share with others; 3. Travel lightly and buy carbon offsets for all your travels; and, 4. Enjoy the bounty of the planet and help to preserve it.
(Note: These stories are done with the technical advice and expertise of Louise McMullen.)
Stories from the world of wines, including my recommendations
My first memory of drinking wine was at my parents dining room table when I was barely a teenager. The meal was roast beef. The wine was red Bordeaux. The memory stuck. After my college years of consuming lots of beer and cheap wine I somehow developed a palette for fine wine. At university, I took a wine course, acted as a teaching assistant for that course, and eventually taught the same course. Since then I’ve visited many wineries, talked to experts and traveled to many of the world’s best wine regions. For me, wine is a healthy drink which is more than an accompaniment to a meal…it is an integral part of a meal…and my life.