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Category Archives: Inspiration

Photographer to the Stars: Jonathan Exley

In 1976 I was photographed by a young professional starting out in Los Angeles, named Jonathan Exley. He came highly recommended and I remember that he had a modest studio on Santa Monica Blvd.. Jonathan was kind-hearted, soft-spoken and extremely […]

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Sonny Melendrez Community Center

What a joyful privilege it was to personally present families with Thanksgiving turkeys at the Melendrez Community Center on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, made possible through the extreme generosity of our friends at HEB. Special thanks go out to SMCC […]

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My Father’s Spirit

When my brother Rick, who lives in El Paso, visits San Antonio, we always take a walk in the neighborhood where we grew up.
The building where my father’s small barbershop was located still stands at the corner of Nolan & […]

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Live Your Life

Norman Vincent Peale said, “Live your life and forget your age.” Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and imagine that you have nothing. Then, open your eyes and look around. A barking dog, a crying baby, and yes, even […]

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The Day Helen Keller Met Charlie Chaplin

This has to be one of my favorite pictures of all-time.
It was taken at the Chaplin Studios in Hollywood in late 1918, during the filming of Sunnyside. 
Ms. Keller communicated with Chaplin by reading his lips with her hands, as she felt […]

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The Wisdom of Rocky Balboa

“You see this guy here? That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face. I believe that’s true in the ring, and I think that’s true in life. Now show me something.” ~Rocky Balboa to Adonis Johnson in […]

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What Defines A Good Leader?

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” George Patton

Often times, those who display a great ability to lead are referred to as “born leaders.” But, is this […]

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The Children of the World Project

 
As my radio alarm clock went off, one morning in March of 1985, I was awakened by the pure voice of a child singing the words, “We are the world. We are the children.” In my groggy state, I remember […]

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How To Welcome A New Hire

When GDS (Government Digital Service), a UK company which provides media services to the British government posted this “memo”on the web recently, they had no idea that it would go viral.
And, why wouldn’t it. This message conveys great kindness to […]

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A Surprise Marriage Proposal at TEDxSanAntonio!

Screen shots from Amy Zhang’s family cell phone as they watched LIVE in China!
Recently, I had the honor of emceeing the official TEDxSanAntonio event, held at the RackSpace Theater, featuring 16 of the most remarkable speakers you will ever experience.
(TEDx is […]

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