Oct 15, 2011

Dusty Oklahoma Day - Grandpa and Me

 On a bright, dry Oklahoma day a young boy was kicking at clods of dirt to see the clouds of dust transforming into brown and red wind sprites. 
  

My grandfather, who was standing nearby, DustSpritesmiled and pointed at the jets high overhead, leaving their vapor trail for everyone to see.  He said, " Do you see those jets?  Their pilots have air masks to breath, yes?! Well, what do you think happens to their air when you send that dust up?" Visualizing the pilot coughing, I stopped. 


Twenty years later,

on foreign soil, I remembered that dusty Oklahoma day as another dust sprite was launched by my stride. Recalling the wisdom of my grandfather,  my boots met the ground . . . like old friends.
. . . for a dusty moment I thought I could see my grandfather smiling back at me. . .  . and I smiled back.

DavidandMom

Note:  My mom’s birthday was a few days ago. Her dad is a great inspiration to me. Happy Birthday Mom.
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Oct 8, 2011

LEADERSHIP TAKES A HIKE

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True North Adventures Outdoors Education’s leadership development program uses hiking in the mountains of Montana and experiential learning  to develop the character of those who challenge to learn four CORE VALUES :
1 Living for the   Greater Good
2 Dreaming Big
3 Ownership
4 Teamwork
The CORE VALUES are surprisingly well integrated by Keith MacMurdie into every aspect of this unique outdoor, real-time education:
Just over six years ago Keith created True North Adventures Outdoor Education from a dream to a functioning, healthy reality. He desired to demonstrate what can result when any group is introduced to the four core values, through TNAOE (True North Adventures Outdoor Education )  in the the most impartial, automatic feedback classroom of all . . . NATURE . . . 93560009.

True World Group / True World Foods recognizes the quality and usefulness of True North’s Outdoor Education’s experiential training program and has been sending several teams from their nationwide operation over the past few years.  They believe this training can result in benefits for the  individual, those whom they serve-lead and the company’s business culture.   This is September 2011 this team climbed  Mt. Hollow Top (Elev. 10,604 ft. ), near Butt, Montana, which I was privileged to join.

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