Week of May 30, 2016



People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

Attributed to George Orwell, Author of  “1984”




Heroism is latent in every human soul;  however humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the self-denials – privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life-long hurts and losses, death itself – for some great good, dimly seen but dearly held.

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Union Civil War General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient and President of Bowdoin College




There are many ways to spend Memorial Day. 

Here’s how one family is spending theirs.





The Most Dangerous Service

Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List

Seven Habits:  The Movie

You’re Doing Better than You Think

Econ Recon:  Slamming the Middle Class;  Motorcycles, Marketing and Millennials




The Most Dangerous Service


When we think of “the service”, those who served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines come to mind.  Every branch of the services endured casualties, especially during World War II.  However, one non-military branch endured an unusually high casualty rate. 

The Merchant Marine ferried supplies to England and other Allies early in the war without naval escort to protect them against German submarines. (One Merchant Marine had ten ships shot out from underneath him.)  Relative to the number of those serving, the US Merchant Marine had a higher casualty rate in World War II than any of the military branches of the services


On Memorial Day, take a minute to learn why the Merchant Marine were the unsung heroes of World War II.     …..and be sure to remember all the other Heroes as well.




Bill Gates’ Summer Reading List


Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer and for those of you heading off to the beach, here’s what one of the world’s richest people thinks you should pack along with the sunscreen and beach umbrellas.   Check out Bill Gates’ 2016 Summer Reading List.





Seven Habits: The Movie


If you don’t want to take a book to the beach, but want to be a better person at the end of the summer, take your Ipad along and watch this 7 minute video summary of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”     and then forward the link to a young person in your life who is headed off to college or that first job.   






You’re Doing Better than You Think


The ability to self-assess yourself and your situation is vital to a successful life.  Here’s a list of 12 Sure Signs That You’re Doing Better Than You Think.  Check it out; you may find that you don’t know how good you have it….until you think about it.




Econ Recon:  Slamming the Middle Class;  Motorcycles and Millennials


Slamming the Middle Class;   Economist Brian Wesbury says  “Growth and the middle class – hot topics in an election year. The left say we need to bring back the 1950’s-60’s, the golden years of unions and the middle class dream.Donald Trump blames it on China and Mexico “stealing” jobs.  We think they both have it wrong.”  Find out why he thinks that “big government is slamming the middle class.”


Motorcycles, Marketing and Millennials:    ITR Economics CEO Brian Beaulieu was recently one of the featured speakers at the 17th Annual Motorcycle Industry Council Communications Symposium.  In an article that recaps his take on the economy for the next few years, and with some other symposium participants, offers some comments on Millennials and marketing that every C-Level executive who wants to succeed in selling both to Millennials and Boomers might do well to consider.  Check out “The New Face of Motorcycling and Marketing to Millennials.”


Make it a GREAT week!