Crabby Dave

Crabby Dave

“If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” These are the opening lyrics to a familiar song whose origin is unclear. I’m sure every American knows the song. Most of us need to fight the impulse to clap our hands when we hear the words.  ...
Friendliness is Free

Friendliness is Free

Recently I went on a trip that involved spending two nights in three different cities. The trip was to Dallas for a trade association committee I serve on, Lawton a Willmar Electric trip, and Colorado Springs for a national board I serve on.  The hotels varied widely...
Grandma and Grandpa’s House

Grandma and Grandpa’s House

September 2021 was highlighted by two events in my life. My parents sold their home on Lake Ida, and my granddaughter, Amelia, came to Lincoln and stayed for 17 days. The fact they happened at the same time made me reflect on my childhood. Like everybody else in the...
Running Out of Gas

Running Out of Gas

A few weeks ago, I filled up with gas before driving roughly 60 miles to the Omaha airport. After my trip, I drove home. The next day I drove 20 miles to work and back. The following day I drove 370 miles to Willmar for meetings. When I was 38 miles from the office,...
Leaving a Mark

Leaving a Mark

When I was in elementary school and junior high, our family lived on a few acres north of Willmar, Minnesota.  The entire property was full of trees.  (That’s right, I am so old I lived in a world before middle schools were invented). Next door to our house was a...
Mentor, Peer, Mentee

Mentor, Peer, Mentee

At Willmar Electric, our purpose statement is “People Making a Difference for People.” My last blog was about a friend who mentored a coworker to help them advance professionally, only to be left feeling unappreciated a few months later when the mentee...