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So, You Want to Be a Guitar Hero?

This post is dedicated to my friend Nancy Baumunk who celebrates a birthday this week. By Jim Whitt I am not a guitar hero but I’ve played Guitar Hero. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia describes Guitar Hero as a series of music video games “in which players use a guitar-shaped peripheral to simulate the playing of lead, bass guitar and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the… Read More

June 7th, 2015 at 9:50am

The Kind of Country We Are: A Memorial Day Tribute

By Jim Whitt As this was our first trip to France we suffered from a perpetual state of directional disability. And that is how we met Michel. We wandered through the gate of a small cemetery not a stone’s throw from Omaha Beach in Normandy.  Michel did not speak much English but fortunately, Suedy, a friend of ours from the U.S. spoke a little French. So, with much hand signaling, exaggerated facial expressions and a few exchanges of French and English we were able to communicate. It turned out to be a most fascinating conversation. Michel explained to us that… Read More

May 16th, 2015 at 12:44pm

What we have here is failure to communicate

By Jim Whitt I looked up communication in a dictionary and found these definitions: • To convey information about; make known; impart. • To reveal clearly; manifest. • To have an interchange, as of ideas. • To express oneself in such a way that one is readily and clearly understood. I then asked myself a question (an internal interchange): In this wondrous world of high technology how good a job are we doing of communicating? This is how I answered myself… Let’s start with email. It’s easy to write. It’s easy to send. It’s easy to respond to. It’s easy… Read More

May 1st, 2015 at 7:45pm

The one fear all successful people learn to overcome

By Jim Whitt An up-and-coming band was playing bars throughout the south in the 1970s when a Macon, Georgia record producer decided they were good enough for the big time. He recorded a dozen of their songs and headed to L.A. to pitch the band to the big boys of the music business only to find no takers. They said one song was particularly hurtful to their chances. It was too long and would never get airtime on the radio. But somebody did give it playtime and it ended up selling a gazillion copies. The song was Free Bird. The… Read More

April 21st, 2015 at 8:47pm

Want to be more successful? Go fishing…

By Jim Whitt Fishing brings to mind Rockwellian visions of barefoot boys lounging lazily on a creek bank with cane poles, a can of worms and not a care in the world. Fishing in the 21st century wouldn’t fit in a Norman Rockwell frame, however. Fishing has become big business. Billions of dollars are spent on high powered boats and high tech equipment. But all that technology will not make you a great fisherman. If you learn the secret to successful fishing you will also learn how to be more successful in life. In an issue of Dakota Country magazine,… Read More

April 8th, 2015 at 7:15pm