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I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

November 12th, 2020 Comments off

Rewatching I, Claudius long after our first viewing 20+ years ago,  I found this quote to be highly appropriate to a large number of situations — from family to work to politics.

I, Claudius screenwriter speaks the truth from the past

Sejanus: There’ll be no trial. I have no need of a trial to prove your guilt.

Gallus: A song sung by every small-town corrupt policeman, which is what you are and what you should have stayed.

I have watched your career with fascination, Sejanus. It’s been a revelation it’s been to me! I

‘ve never fully realised before how a small mind, allied to unlimited ambition and without scruple, can destroy a country full of clever men.

I’ve seen how frail is the structure of a civilisation before the onslaught of a gust of really bad breath!

Yes… But I suppose you are not really the destroyer. No, we must look elsewhere for that. You are merely the putrefaction that spreads after death – the outward and visible sign of its presence!

You’re a lesson in history to me, Sejanus, proving that, above all, Mankind needs its sense of smell.

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“100 pebbles still have weight when thrown together.”

August 27th, 2020 Comments off

“100 pebbles still have weight when thrown together.

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Whenever injustice, oppression, hatred, fear, or just plain stupidity invade my social media feeds, I tilt at windmills and post my thoughts, fears, and opinions.\

Sure, I am a nobody, with a small number of followers and no more expertise than simple common sense, and I often get called on that by others. Who am I to think my opinion matters? Why do I think I can have any effect on what is happening in the world? How dare I have an opinion?

A few weeks ago I wrote that I post and share not to try and change the minds of others, but rather support those who share my opinions and let them know that they are NOT crazy and other people also see the problems they see. You can’t force anyone to change their mind. You can offer support, evidence, reasoning, data, but only they can decide to change their mind.

So why do I continue posting? This phrase came to me last night…

“100 pebbles still have weight when thrown together.”

Alone, I am one pebble, tapping at a stone wall. Online, with many others, we are a hundred, a thousand, a million pebbles making our mark individually and collectively on the walls of injustice, oppression, hatred, and fear. Perhaps in this way, we can give change a little nudge — a middling push — a heavy shove — in the right direction.

Use your pebble wisely!


Thoughts and Opinions via Instagram

August 8th, 2020 Comments off


Thoughts and Opinions via Instagram

Thoughts and Opinions via Instagram

I don’t share my thoughts and opinions in the hope of changing anyone’s mind, but rather to show others that someone shares the opinion they find difficult to express.

I hope it can give them a feeling of safety and allow them the courage to speak their mind, too

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White House Attacks Higher Learning and Threatens Defunding

July 11th, 2020 Comments off
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Random killer stalks Los Angeles

July 11th, 2020 Comments off

55 people died from #COVID19 in LA County yesterday.

If a killer was randomly killing 50+ people a day, every day, would not we be devoting every resource to stopping them?

Why aren’t we treating this pandemic the same?

In both cases we are #SaferAtHome

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First they came for the old people, but I did nothing because I was not old. via Twitter

July 8th, 2020 Comments off
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Companies without humanity serve only themselves via Twitter

July 8th, 2020 Comments off

After COVID-19 – 5 in a series – A single reason why

April 24th, 2020 Comments off

As a rather pessimistic person myself, it has helped me recognize pessimism — and fear — in others. This pessimism can lead us to become stalled in life and frozen by fear. Like a deer in the headlights, we can’t decide what to do and are ultimately run over by the approaching car.

In the real world, it functions more like this. When faced with a challenge, we can find a million reasons why we can’t or shouldn’t take some action. I see this whether I am talking to friends informally or consulting with a client. Whenever we are faced with a difficult situation or looking for a new area of business, the negatives flow like water. We can’t do this because…They won’t allow that because… We don’t have the money to do that because.., This can go on for hours and leads us exactly…nowhere.

After COVID-19 - 5 in a series - A single reason why

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Partially this happens because we are approaching the situation from the wrong direction. We focus on the status quo. We focus on the problems. We focus on the can’t, shouldn’t, won’t of the situation. We can easily find a million reasons NOT to do something when, instead, we should be looking for the ONE reason we CAN do something. By turning the conversation on its head we can find the useful and productive things we CAN do and leave the problems behind. We have to break free of the pessimism that holds us in place. I am not asking, nor dreaming, that you will suddenly become a great optimist. I know this hasn’t happened for me. Rather, you and I need to work to change pessimistic inaction into realistic action.

Whenever I am faced with my own million reasons why not, I think of this quote…

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

No matter how dark the world becomes — no matter the adversity — no matter the roadblock — we can persevere. It is rare for us to find ourselves completely out of options, although sometimes it can feel that way. We find ourselves and our minds buried beneath the million reasons why not and can’t see the one reason why.

Part of what I do in my work is helping people find that one reason why. Sometimes, outside eyes can see things more clearly. I know that is true for myself. I often need the fresh vision of a friend or family member to help me clear the fog of my own thinking. It is simply a fact of human nature. We get locked into a single way of thinking. We also underestimate our own skills and intelligence just when we need it most.

So, take some time today and think about one of your most pressing issues. There are certainly more than enough issues these days, so picking one shouldn’t be a problem. Then, put aside the million reasons why NOT and start looking for the one reason, the one idea, the one change, the one single reason WHY you CAN and SHOULD do something different.

Once you find that reason, start working on making it happen. Take action. Then, as shampoo bottles everywhere advise — Rinse, and Repeat. Make this part of your everyday thinking and action. Take the next issue and find the next WHY and HOW, over and over. 

It matters little whether you are “running, walking, or crawling.” All that matters is the forward movement towards the next great step in your life and career.


My Call for Cal Poly Pomona to Move to Online Instruction – Letter to CPP President, Soraya Coley

March 11th, 2020 Comments off

I just sent this letter to Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley and would encourage you to send something similar to whatever CSU you may be affiliated with as a parent, spouse, faculty or staff member. — Douglas

President Coley,

As a CPP parent and spouse of a CPP instructor, I am writing to implore you to move CPP to an online education footing immediately.

  • The Novel Coronavirus is a high-impact and sometimes deadly infection and large gatherings of people are highly likely to spread the virus.
  • Dormitories, like all mass housing, are especially prone to spreading the disease.
  • Using the current Italian situation as a guideline, we are quickly approaching the deadliest phase of this infection.
  • Many students and faculty live with immuno-compromised relatives and preventing the passing of the virus to them could be a matter of life and death.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said just this morning that …
  • “I can say we will see more cases, and things will get worse than they are right now,” Fauci said. “How much worse we’ll get will depend on our ability to do two things: to contain the influx of people who are infected coming from the outside, and the ability to contain and mitigate within our own country.”
  • Many of your nearby UC counterparts have already moved to online instruction in an effort to mitigate the transmission of the virus
  • Many experts in the field are calling on all of use to #FlattenTheCurve of infections to help reduce the impact on our healthcare system


We are trying to our best to mitigate the effects of this infection and I feel that CPP should also be doing the most possible by using online education to reduce physical interaction between students, faculty, and staff.

I call on you to make this determination IMMEDIATELY as we are on the cusp of the worst part of this crisis and lives depend on your decision.

Douglas E. Welch 
CPP Parent and Spouse

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February 10th, 2020 Comments off