Author: Kevin Thompson

Forgiving the Fireman

Forgiving the Fireman

Some of the best times in my life were spent just across the street from my childhood home. There was both compassion and unbridled discipline that lived there. Also, a fireman. Life is hard, and we have our own stories of forgiving the fireman. Most 

Integrity and the Empty Nest

Integrity and the Empty Nest

I consider myself a friend to many. If you place me in a nursery or an old folks home, I will smile with those around me. What does any of this have to do with integrity and the empty nest? My life has been a 

The Jokes

The Jokes

Recently I visited a new friend in Birmingham, Alabama. Word got around that I had some wisdom, but the person that recommended we meet, liked the jokes. When I was an art student in the graphic design program at the University of Tennessee, I took 

Give Me the Willies

Give Me the Willies

When I was coming up in the world, those around me might say in a situation, “that gives me the willies.” What in the world might they mean by such a saying? The definition might surprise you. My premise that most all of the fear 

Befriend the Believer… Beware the Belief

Befriend the Believer… Beware the Belief

So much has been offered about how we should see the world. Centuries of those proposing the “correct” attitude towards ourselves and those around us. How can we befriend the believer, but remain who we know ourselves to be? In a world that prescribes we 

Private Equity, Robin Hood, and Iris DeMent

Private Equity, Robin Hood, and Iris DeMent

Ram Dass said that if we know how to listen, everyone would become the guru. What I might consider a guru, you may think is fluff. Most of us have a preference for everything in our lives, and for now, my gurus are private equity, 

Looking Love

Looking Love

Valentines Day brings stories of pickle juice, grilled cheese sandwiches, and bowling centers to my mind. What about any of this has to do with looking love, however, will take a moment to explain. For the last 50 years, my father has bowled in a 

Starting Over (POWER)

Starting Over (POWER)

Meister Eckhart was a priest in the middle ages and is responsible for one of my very favorite quotes. He said, “Be willing to be a beginner every morning.” Seems like a fine quote for starting over. There is, however, a fine point that I 

There Is a Love

There Is a Love

Sometimes it seems like the world is on fire. With very little effort, we are able to find negativity, a troubled world, and what seem to be new miseries. But, with all confidence, I would like to assure you, there is a love. This love 

Any Major Dude

Any Major Dude

Steely Dan wrote songs in the seventies, and from what I can tell, were very popular. That may seem odd for some of the older folks, because they knew that already. They sang a song titled, “Any Major Dude Will Tell You”. In 2018, they