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.
I’ve found that a strong and positive culture both breeds and attracts like-minded people…people who are the right people for your business because they admire your values and are aligned with your vision.
Knowing others, knowing things, is all well and good but to know yourself, to know what makes you “tick” is an essential prerequisite for all greater and deeper knowledge. It is the road to enlightenment.
Some argue that it is the very belief in God that is required for salvation. This seems odd…why wouldn’t an all-loving super-being reward non-believers who are truly good, and welcome them to heaven? Surely he is not a vain god?! Yet in Exodus it is written “I am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods”. This is a strange proclamation for two reasons. First it suggests he is, in fact, vain. And second, it implies there are other gods…a problem for monotheistic religions in general.
The highest form of kindness is an altruistic act that is done anonymously.
Socialism’ tries to ensure that industry and trade are controlled and regulated by, and for, the community as a whole. The simplistic comparison comes down to one system for “me” versus another for “we”.
These details include tidy entrances, polished glassware, clean washrooms, clear windows (with no finger prints), shiny brass, floors and carpets free from debris, etc. …
One thing that has become more obvious to us in that the French love bread, and it must be fresh daily … and it is delicious.
. I mostly stand at the bar as it’s where I often meet interesting folks.
Many argue that the main reason for ending the death penalty is that sometimes convictions are erroneous and as a result innocent people have been executed. Others point out that in countries where the death penalty has been abolished there has been a decline in murder rates.
Thank our lucky stars we have funny people in this world that keep us laughing.
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.