Blind Loyalty

What a year we have had in the world of community banking.  Just when you think that the creation of new regulations has got to start slowing down, that common sense will again prevail and real regulatory relief will actually occur… nope!  To add insult to injury the Too Big To Fail Banks continue breaking […]

Lets Get Engaged

What keeps you up at night?  What drives you to the edge of insanity?  In other words… what are you passionate about?  I know that this might appear to be a strange question, but one well worth exploring.  What gives you a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement?  Is it the same thing that causes […]

Buckets

Ever heard the following? “Why me? I didn’t ask for this.” “This isn’t my problem.” “Fools rush in.” I’ve said them all.  It’s no secret that I have a tendency to get excited and rush into a situation where I see something amiss.  I have this strong urge to “fix” whatever is broken, unjust or […]

The Good, the Bad and My Attitude

Do you ever have one of those days when every thought… well most thoughts, seems to be negative or unproductive?  Lately it seems that I have had more and more of those dreaded days when my thoughts race in directions that are neither good, nor constructive.  I find myself dwelling on all the negatives of […]

Great Events

Civil war historians are almost unanimous in their conclusion that the fate of the war turned on one historic battle…the battle for Little Round Top at Gettysburg. On July 2, 1863, Union Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a mere school teacher from Maine, was ordered to take his 20th Maine, along with the 83rd Pennsylvania, the […]

Real difficulti…

Real difficulties can be overcome: It is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable

“60 to 0 in 3.5 Seconds”

What do you think of when you hear the word “family”?  My first thought is of my wife and two boys.  I then think of my parents, siblings, in-laws and such down the line.  It doesn’t take me long and I start to add a long list of friends that I have grown quite close […]

True Grit

My wife and I both come from a long line of pioneers.  Our families have been in Kansas since before Kansas received statehood and my family was on this continent well in advance of the revolutionary war.  Occasionally we visit the pasture where the original dugout is that housed my wife’s ancestors when they first came to […]

“Twas the Night Before the Examination”

Author Unknown “Twas the night before the examination and all through the bank, We awaited the examiners, our spirits were dank.. The Policies were bound in a book with great care, We all gathered around to say a quick prayer. The bank staff so jittery just thinking of the Feds, While visions of violations danced […]

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