Don’t Pick On the Chicken!

After his service in Vietnam as a Green Beret, the Beret attended a formal military function with his fiancee. Afterward, they stopped at a restaurant for a treat. Seated not far from them were three local bad-boy tough guys. When they saw the Green Beret, a small man in stature (about 5’7” and 140 lbs,…

Boost Happiness with Smile Stories

* The following is an excerpt from my book The FUNomenal™ Workplace. Two of my smile stories and one from my wife. One day, at Kroger Grocery Store’s self-checkout, I decided to have a little spontaneous fun. When I got home, I felt impressed to share my experience on Facebook. I wrote, “Just had a…

What’s NOT Impressive or Welcome

My dad had a night club (fancy word for beer joint) near Campti, Louisiana. It was called Bob’s Log Cabin. As a small child, I watched people come in to drink and dance to live music by good bands. But, as they guzzled the alcohol, again and again, the profanity and violence began. I’ve tried…

Note to Managers

I was on a flight (not Southwest Airlines) and the flight attendant was acting like she’d been weaned on a pickle. At the first opportunity, I said to her, “I’m so sorry for how you’re being treated by management.” She looked surprised and said, “How did you know?” I could have said, “Because you’re passing…

How to Be a Hero

When I tried to thank my hero and father-figure Leroy Watson for all the time he invested in me, he lowered his head for a moment, and then looked me in the eyes and said, “To tell you the truth, it did more for me than it did for you.” Wow. What a MAN! Yes,…

Say It Right!

Mrs. O’Kelly was my junior English teacher in high school. One day when I was entering class, I accidentally bumped into her. I said, “Excuse me.” She said, “You leaving?” I said, “No, why do you ask?” She then pointed out that the correct phrase for an infraction is “Pardon me.” and “Excuse me” to…