13 posts categorized "Favorites"

Take Me Out to the … New Baseball Academy

March 31, 2014
The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The smell of fresh popcorn and peanuts in the air. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of opening day for baseball fans. So much potential and promise for your favorite team to make it all the way to the Fall...

Turning Ideas Into Entrees

February 11, 2014
My first job was in the kitchen; recent taste panel menu It’s no secret that I’ve always loved good food. Our company started out as a root beer stand and I flipped hamburgers throughout my college years. These days, I get to indulge myself by attending regular taste panels hosted...

My Heart Attack Taught Me to Slow Down

December 16, 2013
Listen to blog The opening lyrics to the Simon and Garfunkel song “The 59th Street Bridge” have special resonance for me this holiday season. About this time of the year in 1989, I suffered a heart attack, not one, but three over the course of a few weeks. I didn’t...

Thanksgiving at Fairfield Farm

November 25, 2013
Listen to blog For years, all during the 1940s, my father was searching for a place in the country where he could relive his early years riding horses and tending sheep. Finally, in 1950, he found his dream place, Fairfield Farm in Hume, Virginia, not too far from Front Royal,...

My Mother, the Driving Force

October 17, 2013
Listen to blog Mom and me in 1936 October 19th is my Mother’s birthday. She was born in 1907 and would have been 106. She was truly an amazing woman. Her father passed away in 1919 from the flu epidemic following the First World War. Her older brother had suffered...

My Trip Across the Pond

October 7, 2013
Two Princes visit Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel British author Aldous Huxley wrote “that from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” That’s a perfect description of how I felt visiting London the other week. It’s awake, alive and very much on the world’s stage...

Bedtime Stories of Rattlesnakes, Coyotes, Mountain Lions

September 17, 2013
My father told great western stories at bedtime Today, September 17th is my dad’s birthday. He was born in 1900 so he would have been 113 years old today. He passed away on August 13, 1985, 28 years ago. He was an amazing man. He certainly overcame all obstacles to...

The Babe hits a deep home run to my Father

September 3, 2013
Babe Ruth hit 59 homers in 1921. My dad almost caught one. There’s a baseball story that I recently found in my father’s diary. It was dated July 30, 1921. It's interesting looking back on this event and what it says about my father. Dad was very disciplined, even rigid...

A "Bill to Bill" Meeting with President Clinton

June 10, 2013
Listen to blog One of the benefits of being an old guy and living in Washington, D.C., is that I have had the privilege of meeting almost every U.S. President since Eisenhower. Each is a remarkable leader in their own way, right for their times, endorsed through election by the...

My Decision: Timing is Everything

December 19, 2011
Listen to blog MY DECISION It’s been quite a week since I announced that I’m handing over the day-to-day CEO reins to Arne Sorenson. The blog comments have been truly heartwarming. Thank you so much. So people ask, “What went into my decision?” I try to lead from my heart...