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Welcome to the June issue. Congratulations to the graduates of 2017! By now you have heard graduation speeches about how you are supposed to go forth and carve your niche into the world. Go forward with confidence knowing that whatever the future holds, you are well equipped to handle it. We at Iredell Living Magazine are proud of you and wish you great success in all your future pursuits! As an old Irish proverb says, “May the wind always be at your back, and the sun always upon your face.” We are thankful to have so many wonderful, highly respected men in our area who serve as excellent role models and great dads! Sometimes you give advice, help repair things around the house, handle grilling duties for the family cookout, or perhaps lend an ear or offer a kind word of comfort in a stressful situation. Thank you, dads, for all you do!

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• Happy Father’s Day!

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• Heritage House The Perfect Venue For All Occasions

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• Kiawah Island, South Carolina A Unique Balance Of Nature And Development

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• Town Of Mooresville: Free Family Summer Fun

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• Iredell Health System Great Things To Come Over The Next Few Years!

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• What’s Cooking?! Honey Barbecue Burgers

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• A Word From The Statesville Chamber Statesville–Where It All Comes Together

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• A Word From The Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Things My Father Taught Me

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Happy Father’s Day! By Jennifer Krawiec

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He taught you to ride a bike and gives you horrible relationship advice. He sang off-key in the car, embarrassing you in front of your friends. He loves you unconditionally and always has your back. Whether he is your biological father or your step dad, an uncle or other father figure, more than anything he will appreciate you thinking of him on Father’s Day. Father’s Day originated in Christianity, with Europeans celebrating St. Joseph’s feast day in March. It is celebrated in some form, on varying days, all over the world. In the United States, the holiday was reportedly suggested as a complement to Mother’s Day, years after moms were already getting their due. For more than a century, Father’s Day has been the third Sunday of June. So why do you subject yourself to that annual, last-minute scramble for the perfect gift? Maybe your dad has simple needs that don’t make for exciting gifts. 8

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Or maybe he tells you that he doesn’t need anything at all, the least helpful of gift suggestions. Maybe his “hobbies” include watching ESPN, walking the dog, and yelling at the squirrels from his back deck—none of which require gift cards. The trick to being a good gift-giver is creativity. This does not mean Dad wants a homemade gift from his adult child; your finger-painting days are over. Use your imagination to come up with a unique gift idea. You know that your dad, grandfather, uncle, and all the other men in your life each have plenty of golf shirts, so think outside the big-box store. Instead, look for a magazine subscription supporting one of his activities or hobbies. If he holds the self-proclaimed title of Grill Master of the House, pick up an accessory to aid his endeavor, like a rotisserie spit, long-handled spatula, or fish basket. A couple of tickets to watch his favorite team in action would make your sports fan’s day.

If you are a hands-on person, jump in and give your dad some help around the house. If he is a project-starter, but not a project-finisher, this may be especially needed. You get the pleasure of spending time together, he gets to complete an unfinished task, and Mom will likely appreciate the closure. If there are outdoor projects to be done, work with your siblings or a team of friends to clean the gutters and spread mulch. If it is within your budget, consider hiring a handyman or landscaper as a seasonal gift to Dad, especially if his age or health prohibits him from getting odd jobs finished. The guy who always has a dad joke at the ready and doles out sage advice, whether you want it or not, deserves his own holiday. So honor your dad this Father’s Day…just not with another necktie.


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The Perfect Venue for All Occasions By Kristie Darling

Soiree isn’t a word we use often, but as I searched for the quintessential adjective to describe the events held at Heritage House, soiree just came to mind. Party, wedding, reunion, seminar, fundraiser, celebration, prom, gala, reception, meeting, fellowship, shower—even trade show and fashion show—enter the picture, and at Heritage House, it’s a beautiful picture, to be sure. 12

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“I wanted to celebrate my life while I was still living it,” Nancy Hucks said with a smile. “I’ve lived in Mooresville all my life, so it was wonderful to invite folks over to Heritage House— people who are really special to me—135 of my dearest family and friends were treated to a 70th birthday party to remember! Everything was first class. I couldn’t have chosen a more welcoming, lovely, and accommodating location; it felt like home. The staff is exceptional. Whatever I asked for, they provided. I recommend Heritage House to everyone.” A BIT OF HISTORY “We used to know exactly what we were going to do each Sunday: go to church, then to Grandmother’s for dinner, spend the afternoon watching the game or taking a drive, maybe have leftovers for supper, then ice cream on the front porch,” H. Mike Cook reminisced as he shared his vision for Heritage House with me. “We relished traditions, but today we’re busy with activities pulling us in all directions, and some traditions have warranted change. I wanted to create a special place to help us hold on to the pleasure of gathering together for our celebrations of the past, the present, and the future.” Mike is owner of the Heritage House event venue, as well as owner of CavinCook Funeral Home & Crematory. Mike explained that his experience working with families over the years contributed to his mission for the venue. “Heritage House is built on an intriguing model of serving families and the community; encouraging

Photos: On the cover–Standing, from left to right–Michael Cook, vice president of operations; H. Mike Cook, owner of Heritage House; Michael Roberts, audio-visual technician Sitting–Madi Reid, assistant; Andrea Nicholson, director; Levatta Houston, on-site coordinator (Photo by Shane Greene) Opposite page–The venue is perfect for any occasion. Tables and chairs are set up specific to your needs. (Photo provided) Above–Heritage House is convenient to I-77 and situated entirely on one level with private parking. (Photo provided) Participating in a charity fundraiser event at Heritage House– H. Mike Cook and his son Michael Cook with Mike’s vintage 1959 Buick LeSabre. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) IREDELL LIVING • JUNE 2017

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fellowship in all its forms.” Incorporating creative ideas from Pet Pilgrimage Director Leslie Reid, and others, Mike’s contribution to Mooresville’s hospitality options is not only spacious and accommodating, but also affordable, flexible, and functional, with state of the art sound and video capabilities and professional, on-site tech support to go with it. FABULOUS EVENTS DON’T JUST HAPPEN Mike is very proud of the staff and the facility. He is dedicated to creating an exceptional experience for clients that is perfect, and the hospitality team goes the extra mile so that guests feel a big WOW! when they walk in the door. “Customer service is key,” he continued. “Our job is to ensure our clients walk away completely pleased and satisfied with an event that totally served their purpose. For me, their experience is everything.”

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• Heritage House staff is committed to achieving the client’s goals and delivering the best possible experience. • Levatta is the on-site coordinator during events. Use of a convenient catering kitchen is included in the rental. • Michael provides dedicated audio-visual technical support during events. • Andrea and Madi in the Heritage House foyer preparing to give a tour of the facility for an upcoming anniversary celebration. Tours can be scheduled seven days a week. (Photos on this page by Shane Greene Photography) 14

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In a nutshell, the staff at Heritage House is at your service. Andrea Nicholson has been director and event coordinator at Heritage House since 2016, and I think she has the most fun job around. “The very first event held in the facility was the Lake Norman Shriner’s Christmas party in 2014. In 2016, Heritage House hosted 17 weddings and rang in 2017 with the first ever wedding held in Cavin-Cook’s nondenominational chapel,” Andrea said. “We can magically transform our 2,600-square foot banquet hall, with its high barrel vault ceiling and tall arched windows, into a threeyear-old’s Frozen themed birthday with a big castle cake, a costume character wedding attended by flashy action figures, or an elegant 50th wedding anniversary gala, just to name a few. Our staff is creative, helpful, and professional. The goal is always to have people feel like they are guests in someone’s home. My main role is to listen—to understand the client’s vision—and then do all that’s required to make their vision a reality.” Andrea works directly with clients from start to finish to create the right atmosphere. Her approach to party planning is fun and orga-


nized. From ideas about decorations, linens, tableware, and all an event’s unique needs, to sharing referrals for caterers, photographers, florists, DJs, and musicians, or helping design the layout for your event, Andrea makes sure the details are covered to suit your needs. “We’ve helped set up Whirlpool Corporation’s kitchen showroom, job fairs, and several amazing internationally themed parties,” Andrea said. Michael Roberts is the go-to expert on all things audio and video. “Our studio includes a custom-built computer and professional sound board. We can help create video presentations, personalized videos for weddings, anniversaries and parties, or professional presentations that accompany your meeting, trade show, or seminar,” Michael explained. “We have all the equipment you need, and we are always on-site to help during your event.” Multiple HD viewing screens allow everyone to enjoy the show. Video presentations greatly enhance an event, and with Michael’s hands-on support that is made possible.

Photos: Above–A spacious patio allows events to easily flow outside • Bring your own caterer or choose from our list of preferred vendors • Below–H. Mike Cook and his son Michael Cook (Photo by Shane Greene) • The picturesque fountain is a beautiful backdrop for photos. Mike’s calling is building relationships, and you’ll see this over and over at Heritage House. It’s a feather in this community’s cap, a place like no other, and I encourage you to stop by to see it all for yourself. If Mike is right that “experience is everything,” then a visit is in order. And, if you need something fun in your life this summer, plan a soiree at Heritage House!

As vice president of operations, Michael Cook, Jr.’s attention to detail says everything about the quality of the facility and its fine amenities. “Our clients love the catering kitchen,” Michael said. “Families can bring in their own food, an option not available at some event venues, or their caterer can provide table service or a buffet from the large serving window, very convenient to the event. Guests also appreciate the covered, drive through portico entrance, relaxing on the large stone patio that surrounds our fountain, and the ease of a one-floor facility. It’s a beautiful and comfortable setting.” PROFESSIONAL, FRIENDLY, ELEGANT For Mike Cook, Mooresville is home. He’s been a leader in the community for many years and is well-known for his impeccable service to his neighbors, families, and business associates who have been so well served at Cavin-Cook. I believe that

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My family first vacationed on Kiawah Island in 1987. The road leading to the island went on and on. With two restless kids in the car, I thought we would never get there, but soon after arrival, that endless drive was forgotten.

All About Nature Kiawah’s villas are tucked into the natural forestry of the island. Most are so nestled into their surroundings you must be looking to notice them at all. This unique balance of nature and development is what visitors find endearing. Preserving the natural beauty of the island also provides a healthy habitat for the wildlife. Deer are often seen on the beach, and just a few years ago we saw our first bobcat. Along with the many migratory bird species, an occasional alligator can be spotted in or near a lagoon.

For water sports enthusiasts, rent or bring your kayak or paddle board. Guided boat and kayak tours are available, too.

The Beach The ten miles of wide, hard-packed sand are people and dog friendly. Most of the homes and villas are set back from the water behind extensive dunes to create a more tranquil beach setting. If you have always wanted to ride a horse on the beach, neighboring Seabrook Island has stables where you can arrange a guided beach ride.

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Freshfields Village is just outside the gate. This quaint Americana village has a large grocery, many unique shops, and several excellent restaurants. The village green in the center of Freshfields is the setting for the farmers market and outdoor concerts during the summer.

Accommodations The Sanctuary, the only hotel inside the gate, offers luxury ocean front rooms and suites. There are private homes and villas from one to seven bedrooms available for rent, too.

Not for Everyone The island is more family oriented than touristy. You won’t find a huge number of clubs or an amusement park. If you want more of a city vibe, Charleston is just 25 miles away.

Exploring The island’s beauty can be viewed by different modes of transportation. One of the most popular ways of exploring is by bike. Park your car and ride a bike to everything, especially going to and from the beach. There are 30 miles of bike paths winding through the island. If you don’t have your own bike, it’s easy to rent one.

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Sports There are five acclaimed golf courses, including the famous Ocean Course that has hosted the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championships. Tennis courts are plentiful and Night Heron Park offers basketball, volleyball, soccer, and playground equipment.

For my family, Kiawah has always just felt right. Now, our kids take their families there. It is a four to fivehour drive for us, and that last road before the island doesn’t seem quite as long as it did the first time we drove it. The only thing I can say that I personally dislike about the island is, alas, when we must leave.


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Town Of Mooresville: Free Family Summer Fun By Meredith Collins

The Town of Mooresville has loads of free family fun planned for the summer, right here in your own backyard. “There is so much going on in the downtown area and with the Town of Mooresville in general,” said Stephanie Crisco, venue operations manager for the Town of Mooresville. “We want to bring awareness to all the events happening right here at home.” Between the new Performing Arts Center, the recreation department and the library, citizens can choose from a wide variety of activities. The new Performing Arts Center at Mooresville High School will host a series of concerts this fall with nationally known artists and acts. “We are really excited to be working with the Mooresville Graded School district on the Mooresville Performing Arts Center,” Stephanie said. 18

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“It has 1,600 seats and is state of the art. We want to give people options for arts and culture here in Mooresville.” The Mooresville Cultural and Recreation Department has lots of summer activities planned, including Music on Main, Farmer’s Markets, and summer camps. They are opening a new park and also utilizing their mobile recreation unit to bring fun wherever they go. Music on Main is the first Friday of every month from May through October at 6:30 p.m. The July 3 concert will be held at the Mooresville YMCA, but all others are at the Town Hall lawn, 413 N. Main Street, Mooresville. “We offer a variety of bands throughout the season, from 80’s rock to Motown, and beach to bluegrass,” said Allison Goode, special events

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The opening of the new Edgemore Park, with 13 tennis courts and a new playground, gives residents an opportunity to get active. The Mooresville Public Library has a full list of summer activities for all ages around the theme, Building a Better World. The summer program kicks off on June 3 with a day of activities at the library, including a family comedy juggling show and a Know-It-All Fair with fun topics, such as how to toss pizza

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“These days summer reading isn’t just for kids and young adults,” Marian Lytle, Mooresville Public Library director said. “And for adults, we’ve got incentives and programs for you, too! Enjoy

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Great Things to Come Over The Next Few Years! By LaToya Boyce Iredell Health System employees, representing maintenance, Iredell NeuroSpine, wellness, radiology and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, stand outside Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. These employees represent just a small portion of all Iredell Health System entails and the services provided to the community. Photo by Amanda Caldwell Photography

T understand the deep roots Iredell Memorial Hospital has To in Iredell County and beyond, ask The Birth Place’s program nurse Pam Speight. “I’m an Iredell baby, my late husband and sons were born here, lots of family and friends were born here,” said Speight. “For me, the hospital is like family.” Pam’s story is not unique. For many families, Iredell Memorial and Iredell Health System’s connections span generations. Now, IHS is planning for the future, while continuing to provide the compassionate care that our community deserves. Iredell Memorial Hospital For more than six decades, Iredell Health System has set the standard for quality healthcare in Iredell County, beginning in 1954 with IMH. This year, IMH is making upgrades to Radiology, the emergency department entrance and triage area, and the surgery suite to meet the needs of the community. IMH is a leader in cardiovascular care here in our community, where heart disease is the number one cause of death. The hospital was the first in Iredell to offer interventional care during the earliest stages of a heart attack. In 2018, we will see completion of the new Iredell Memorial Cardiovascular Center, which will centralize Iredell’s cardiovascular services. “This state-of-the art facility will house complete cardiovascular services and procedures in one convenient location,” said John Green, vice president of professional services and facility planning. “Our plan is to continue evaluating and incorporating new technologies so patients receive cutting-edge treatments close to home. Our Cardiovascular Center will be an asset to the community and the heart patients who need our care.” 24

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Comprehensive Care Over the years, the Health System has added locations beyond the hospital campus, invested in new technologies, and received national recognition for healthcare excellence. IHS includes the Iredell Physician Network, Iredell Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, Women’s Health Center, Cardiopulmonary Rehab, and Wellness Center. Iredell Health System has also earned national recognition. Iredell Memorial Hospital is a designated Primary Stroke Center through the American Stroke Association, and has repeatedly earned Gold Plus recognition from the American Heart and Stroke associations for heart failure and stroke. Iredell Memorial Hospital has earned four consecutive ‘A’ grades for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. A New Mission IHS is carving a critical path into the future. In May, IHS unveiled its new mission statement: “Inspire Wellbeing—Together,” as well as a new vision to “Guide Our Neighbors to Optimal Health” and new core values: Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Collaboration. “Our mission and vision are promises to ourselves and the community to promote wellness, meet our patients and their families where they are on their health journey, and live our values in all we do,” said CEO Ed Rush. As you and your family grow, Iredell Health System is growing with you. Whether you are expecting a baby, in need of a checkup, or facing a serious health challenge, Iredell Health System is here to provide excellent care for you now and for years to come.


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pound ground beef cup chopped green onions teaspoon garlic powder teaspoon cayenne pepper tablespoons steak seasoning hamburger buns stick melted butter cup barbecue sauce tablespoon honey slices Borden Cheese American Singles slices thick bacon, cooked until crispy frozen onion rings slices tomato Fresh lettuce

Directions

Combine beef, green onions, garlic powder and cayenne pepper; form into four patties. Sprinkle both sides of each patty with steak seasoning. Cover and chill (Patties can be made several hours in advance). Brush buns with melted butter; set aside. In small bowl, mix barbecue sauce with honey; set aside. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Grill burgers to internal temperature of 160° F, about 4-6 minutes per side. Two minutes before burgers are finished, grill buns, butter-side down, until golden brown. Place cheese slices on burgers to melt.

Serve each burger on buttered bun topped with two slices bacon, two onion rings, honey barbecue sauce, lettuce and tomato.

Honey Baked Beans

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4 slices bacon, diced ½ cup chopped onion 4½ cups cooked navy beans (or 3 cans, 15 ounces each) ½ cup honey ½ cup ketchup 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

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tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Heat oven to 350° F. Saute bacon and onion until onion is tender; combine with remaining ingredients in shallow 2-quart, oven-safe baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 45 minutes longer. Baked Bean Photos courtesy of Getty Images For more recipes visit: bordencheese.com & honey.com. Recipes courtesy of Family Features. IREDELL LIVING • JUNE 2017

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“What comes first? The chicken or the egg?” That often used, rhetorical question, can frequently lead a person down a path that is absolute: “The chicken, of course,” or “Must have been the egg,” but there is no room for anything in between; it is one or the other.

A WORD FROM

Statesville– Where It All Comes Together

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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If I were to ask, “What comes first, jobs or a community?” what would be your response? For the last several generations, we have lived using the model that jobs must always come first. When we are successful in luring a large manufacturer into the area with many jobs, people will MOVE to our community to work. As more people opt to live here, it boosts that attractiveness to drive more retail business, and the cycle keeps going. The lead driver, however, has typically been JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!. In recruiting those industries (many that relied on a workforce that used their hands to sew socks, hem shirts, drive a forklift, etc.) the business would narrow down a long list of possible communities where they might relocate, to three or four where they felt they could succeed. At that point, the conversation about industrial incentives would take on a more prominent role. Take a look at a map of this part of the Southeast, and you can see how communities, just like Statesville, have prospered due to successfully landing large industrial employers. For generations, available jobs drove community growth. With technological expansion, many of those advances have caused the demise of jobs requiring extraordinary manual dexterity, and recruiting industrial entities has begun to change. What businesses now need, in order

to be economically sustainable, is a technologically competent workforce. Incentives still have high importance, but an industry looking to relocate now requires a workforce that can help them meet their goals. In short, a primary driver for where a company moves is a community that has a large 25 to 45-year-old population. The Greater Statesville Chamber, Downtown Statesville Development Corporation, City of Statesville, and other community partners have been strategically working to build the infrastructure that will attract residential growth while hosting numerous events that create a sense of community and a better quality of life. A recent video in which we interviewed several 25 to 45-year-olds, primarily, showed them noting why Statesville was indeed an ideal spot for them to now call home. The video was seen by over 50,000 people in the greater Charlotte area. Our second video, focusing on the breadth of educational opportunities for young families, will be released next week. A key component in this work, make no mistake, is the growing cultural arts landscape. Theatre Statesville, Full Bloom Film Festival, the Art Crawls, Iredell Arts Council, Performing Arts Live, Piedmont HealthCare Friday after Five Concerts, and many other events are critical attractions for our valued 25 to 45-year-old populace. We are now beginning to see the fruits of our labor as residential, retail, and industrial growth all seem to be spiking together. The branding campaign we went through a couple of years ago is now bearing tangible fruit: Statesville– Where It All Comes Together.


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A WORD FROM

Things My Father Taught Me

W

hen I was growing up,

and brave enough to face himself when

I believed I had to do

he is afraid; one who will be proud and

everything exactly right.

unbending in honest defeat and humble

This struggle for perfection caused my

and gentle in victory. Build me a son

parents and me a good deal of stress.

whose wishes will not take the place of

One day, while trying to learn how to

deeds; a son who will know Thee and

ride a bike, I fell repeatedly and got

that to know himself is the foundation

mad, stomping my feet in disgust at my

stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not

own inability to master this elementary

in the path of ease and comfort, but un-

rite of passage. I stomped down the

der the stress and spur of difficulties and

driveway and refused to try again. My

challenge. Here let him learn to stand up

father asked me why I had given up so

in the storm; here let him learn compas-

quickly. I said I was not good enough

sion for those who fail. Build me a son

since I couldn't be perfect. He quietly

whose heart will be clear, whose goal will

picked up the discarded bike and car-

be high; a son who will master himself

ried it into the garage. He told me if I

before he seeks to master other men; one

wanted to be perfect I should go back

who will learn to laugh, yet never forget

inside, go to bed and stay there and wait

how to weep; one who will reach into

for God to come and take me. The only

the future, yet never forget the past. And

way to be perfect, he said, was to do

after all these things are his, add, I pray,

nothing. If you never do anything, you'll

enough of a sense of humor, so that he

never make a mistake. He told me every-

may always be serious, yet never take

one makes mistakes. The secret was to

himself too seriously. Give him humility,

learn from them and look at what you

so that he may always remember the sim-

did wrong and correct it. Most mistakes

plicity of greatness, the open mind of true

have simple solutions. Don't try to over

wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

think it. Look for the most obvious error

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I

and start there first. This was my first

have not lived in vain.”

lesson in critical thinking, and it has

-General Douglas MacArthur

helped me ever since. My father gave me the greatest gift Many years later on my birthday, he gave

anyone could give another person–he

me a framed quote by General Douglas

believed in me. Remember, the real

MacArthur, which still hangs on my of-

world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It

fice wall today. It reads:

rewards people who get things done. You have the power to do great things.

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be

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