Time to get Inspired!

Time To Get Inspired!

Words of inspiration lift the spirit, boost morale and nudge you in the direction you want to go. No two people are inspired quite the same way, and what inspires is as unique as the sound of your laughter. No two people are inspired quite the same way. One person’s inspiration may come from reading a book, poem or quote. Another may be inspired by music, the sound of children’s laughter or silence that encourages reflective thinking. If you feel uninspired and long to rekindle the glowing coals of your life into a roaring fire, try using the following tips. Let a few words of inspiration sink in as you ponder the possibilities of living an inspired life.


What is Inspiration?

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” — George Eliot

The American Heritage Dictionary defines inspiration as, “stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.” Who doesn’t want to be inspired and experience heightened emotions and the joyful sense of satisfaction from achieving? Without inspiration, innovative ideas have no chance of taking flight; in fact, they fail to exist. As the pressures of mundane existence consume most of our time, we might let some earlier dreams or goals go by. In this quote, Eliot speaks to her reader’s doubts and assures them that it’s never too late to turn around and rediscover your dreams.


Get Inspired

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” — Anais Nin

One can only be inspired if one is willing to take action and seek inspiration. Like the Nike ad that insists, “Just do it,” pushing yourself and taking action gets results. Ask yourself this question, “How do I get inspired?” Think of past inspirational moments. What were you doing? Where were you? Was anyone with you? Inspiration can come from almost anywhere, at any time and often from unlikely sources.

What I learned playing with the online gaming community.

What I learned playing with the online gaming community.
Noble Team
A while ago I had a blast playing Halo 3 for the first time. It lead me to reflect on the countless hours I’ve poured into the Halo series over the past 8 years. Sure, I might not have much to show for it, but that time was thoroughly enjoyed. In retrospect, I even learned some important life lessons that have helped me succeed.
1. Hesitation is death – In Halo, nothing will get you cracked on the back of the skull faster than hesitation. The same is true in real life. If you waste time worrying about what your competitors are doing, you’ll never succeed. Sure, if you take a chance you might get burned, but you need to accept that risk and make a move. If you fail, learn from the experience and try again. Success comes from being aggressive and actively seeking opportunities.
2. Success requires experience – Obviously natural skill contributes to Halo success, but what really makes a solid player is experience. If you jump into a game without understanding the geography of the map or the capabilities of the various weapons, you won’t stand a chance against an equally skilled player who does. The lesson here is that to acquire an expertise, you need to put in the time to learn the basics. If you don’t know the medium you’re working in, you’ll be strategically disadvantaged.
3. You can’t win without teamwork – In team Halo matches, the ability of players to work together is more important than individual skill. A group of solo artists working against a unified team will constantly be isolated and overwhelmed. To be successful you need to sacrifice personal glory to watch your buddy’s back. Once you can get past ego and start to cooperate with others there will be more success for everyone.
4. Anticipation is the key to victory – The key to making a sweet kill in Halo is knowing what your opponent is going to do before he does. This comes from experience and pattern recognition. When you can anticipate, you can place yourself in the ideal position to bury your competitors before they have the time to adjust.
5. Leverage your strengths – The world of Halo is extremely diverse. Between the numerous weapon strengths, ranges, and combinations, there is an infinite number of ways to make a kill. Different playing styles lend themselves to different strategies. You’ll be much more successful if you can recognize your personal strengths and put yourself in a position to capitalize on them while hiding your weaknesses. Winning comes in streaks – Anyone who’s played much Halo has experienced streaks. One day you’re dead on, killing everyone in sight. The next, you’re getting dominated and can’t seem to find a rhythm. Streaks are part of any high functioning activity.
6. Some days you just can’t concentrate a well as others. The lesson here is that you need to recognize your streaks so you can weather the bad ones and make the most of the good ones.
7. The Devil’s in the details – To the untrained eye, a Halo match looks like a bunch of maniacs running around shooting. In truth, it’s a precise ballet of intelligent players reacting to each other and the environment. The difference between life and death can be as small as the angle of a grenade toss or the decision to reload. The same is true in real life. You need to pay attention to all the tiny details that contribute to success or failure.
#XBOXONE #Alaskannoble #Youneedaclan #tribe #Halo #Reach

The Things I have Seen

Flying in Ketchikan, Alaska

Flying SeaPlanes in Ketchikan, Alaska has been the highlight of my career in Aviation.  Began flying up there when I was 17 years old.  Literally flew around the area, that many of us termed as, “God’s Country”.  Which seemed to fit as a perfect description of this region.  The sheer beauty of it.

Helping my pax off the plane. Circa 1987

Here I am helping my passenger off my plane.  Circa 1987.  I was a 19 year old Commercial Seaplane pilot.   🙂

Here are a few of the aircraft I flew in the 1980’s.   With Temsco Airlines, Inc.

These are incredible machines.  The DHC – 2 (Beaver) and the DHC – 3 (Otter)   The work horses of South East Alaska.  Really great machines to fly.  This is when the DHC-3 Otters had radial engines, before they were all converted to the Turbine Engines.

Seeing Southeast Alaska from the Sky was an amazing time.   And some truly beautiful Country.

This is how we go lake fishing in Alaska.


And the flight seeing really began to take shape in the 80’s.   A big draw was, and still is, the Misty Fjords.

When you close your eyes and picture Alaska, you are in the Misty Fjords National Monument. Icy blue lakes, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, glacial valleys … literally everywhere you point your camera, it’s a postcard. There are two ways to experience “the Mistys,” as we affectionately call them: from a floatplane, where you get a true eagle’s eye view; and on a cruise tour, where you can actually feel the vibration of nature. Both are jaw-droppingly incredible.

The Entrance to Rudyard Bay.  

Punchbowl Cove - The Rock Wall

Big Goat Lake

Big Goat Lake

Rudyard Bay

Rudyard Bay

And on the mountain tops, many times on snow caps, we were have a chance to see herds of mountain goat, up at at 3,000 – 4,000 foot mark, on the mountain sides.

Mountain Goat in the Fjords

Truly saw some amazing territory.  One that, I have seen, many times, passengers seeing this with me, with tears in their eyes, or streaming down their face, at the sheer beauty of it all.  Breathtaking.

Yes, I miss flying up in Alaska, and will cherish the times I flew up there.   Flew with some amazing people, many of whom I still remain in contact with.  Great pilots.

The birds, back at the ranch, getting ready for the next load of passengers, mail, groceries and or supplies.

Campers, tourists, the Locals going home, hunters, fisherman and loggers.  Yes, great times indeed.

One day, I will tell the story about the Super Pod of Killerwhales we saw one morning.

#Seaplanes #Ketchikan #Temsco Airlines #Misty Fjords

Friends – Be Sure you Cherish them. :)


Finding new friends is like discovering gold, and or finding a diamond.  Something that is rare and valuable.  Something that can be cherished and protected.   It is in the unexpected moments in life that, we make these discoveries.  And at times, in a very timely manner.

New Friends

This quote is so very true.  When you find a true kindred spirit, a friend who really listens, who works to understand, who shares in your joys, your fears, your laughter and your tears.  When you make that discovery, it really does bring new energy to your soul.  Actually the BEST feeling ever.   There really are only a handful people in my life that can be called “Friends”.   The Circle around me is very tight.  And prefer it that way.  Only allow people in, who can challenge me, help keep me accountable, who cheer me on, and sometimes, who are just, “There”.

A true friend will  always speak an encouraging word, and at times, is comforting and others, is a great challenge.


Pay attention, there is a friend just around the corner, who’s friendship will fit your personality, just like a glove.   🙂

#just some random thoughts #friends

Gardening – a New Hobby


This season, I have discovered that I like to Garden and play in the Dirt.  Actually have raised Garden bed that I am working.   The plan is to grow a small harvest for this spring / fall.   We will have strawberries, two types of Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Zuchinni and Cucumber.   Also, we have an Apple tree that we are hoping will yield this fall.   I am so excited about this.  Weeding out the bed, and prepping the soil and getting the ground ready.   So much fun, and a lot of work.  But know, it will all be worth it in the end.




why have a garden

Some of the Planes I Flew

Below are some of the planes I flew in SouthEast Alaska.  Based out of Kethikan, Alaska.  These beautiful, Dehavilland Beavers and Otters.   This was during the Radial Engine days.  Will Always cherish those memories and those adventures of flying around God’s Country.  I mean it was incredible.  This was in the Mid 1980’s.  I was just a little puppy pilot back then.   🙂

Pondering and Praying

Just sitting at my desk working.

Pondering a great many things today.   Taking a moment to reflect on my life, and what I have done, where I have been.  And the great many friends that have been there.   The current thought is being thankful for the great “Wise Men” in my life that helped me when it felt like my world fell apart.  They encouraged me, spoke into my life and were there for me when I just needed to vent and talk.  Ken, Larry, Mark L.  Mark N, Art, Jim.  For you see, they have been down many trails in life and were able to help me to get back on my trail.   Jim was tough on me, and will always appreciate that.   A part of me believes that I am where I am today, because of these men.   “Thank You Guys”.

Also missing my boys.  That is a daily thing for me.  I harbor in my heart the memories and shadow of memories of my kids when they were young, playing in the back yard, laughing, pretending, having fun.   And yes, evening crying, as they were learning how to share Leadership roles.  Now, they are all grown young men.  And I miss them dearly.  They all live in Southern California.  They are great young men and am proud of each of them.  One day, it is my hope they will talk with me again.  My Son Michael is talking to me and for that am eternally happy.  I pray everyday for them and for their safety and for the decisions they are making as they walk down their own trails of life.  I am here for them should they ever want to  talk to me.

Yes, pondering and praying today.

Flight School

Back in the Late 80’s, my journey to becoming an Aviator began.

Located a small flight school in Northern California, in a small town called, Lakeport, CA.

Lampson Field is where my Journey to becoming a Pilot Began.

aerial photograph Lampson Field, Lakeport, Lake County, California
aerial photograph Lampson Field, Lakeport, Lake County, California

This was the airfield that would be my home for 7 months.  The house I lived in was literally located right on the field.  The Flight School was my neighbor.  Lake County Aviation.  A Small Flight School and flight club.

This is located North of San Franscisco, CA.   One of my flight instructors flew from this field to SFO to pick me up in a Cessna 182.  Cessna 182

She is a pretty little bird.   My day began by taking a seaplane from my hometown to the major local airport to fly out on Western Airlines from Ketchikan to Seattle and then onto SFO.

Western Airlines

Upon arrival, Par’ my first flight instructor was standing at baggage claim with a sign with my name on it.  Introduced myself to discover that he had flown down to pick me up and bring me to the flight school.   My heart was pounding with excitement!  It is beginning.  It was all becoming real to me now.  So we loaded my bags onto the Cessna 182 and we began our flight from SFO to 1O2.  Being in a smaller aircraft at a super busy airport like SFO was a GREAT Way to start my Aviation Adventure.  SFO is a big airport.

SFO Aeriel View

It is a very busy airport.  Constant radio work, multiple arrivals and departures, all happening at a very rapid pace.  Yes, this is the life!  Was excited to learn all about becoming a pilot.

This is an experience that will forever be in my heart.