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Washington Odyssey
Washington Odyssey

What an adventure. On January 3rd, 2017, my family was invited to attend the swearing in ceremony of my sister Claudia, as the NY 22 member of the House of Representatives. Yes this is a family first. No other family member that I can recall has made it to the federal level in politics. My political efforts have always been

Failing My Way to Success
Failing My Way to Success

How many times do you need to fail at business before you succeed? I decided to review my own attempts at starting businesses and see how many it took in my life: Failure 1: Sailing Business in Upstate NY 1981: I started a partnership called “Racer’s Edge Sailing Accessories” with a girl friend, while living in Rome, NY. Fairly quickly,

Three Steps of Leadership
Three Steps of Leadership

(edit: updated 31 Jan 2018) I am the oldest of five children, who grew up in central NY. Our father John R. Tenney was a successful public servant. He retired as the senior judge in the New York State Supreme Court in 2003. He taught us a lot about leadership. He had a lot of experience at it. He was

Three Rules of Money
Three Rules of Money

It shames me that I have to write this article. These three basic rules of money seem so obvious to me, and yet I see people break these rules every day. You’ve heard the expression “smart money”. What it really means is “people who are smart about money.” Kind of falls in to that category of “common sense” doesn’t it?

Blue Ridge Breakaway – 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm
Blue Ridge Breakaway – 2nd Time is Not (Quite) the Charm

The reader may recall that last year the author had a less than perfect experience at the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a mountainous century ride held annually in the area of Waynesville, NC around the second weekend of August. This ride features over 12,000 feet or climbing and traverses a 27 mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, featuring an unlighted

Lost a Good Friend – Rick Groth
Lost a Good Friend – Rick Groth

One of my long time friends passed away this week. I begin to see one of the horrible downsides of growing old. I’ve lost so many friends, family members and close acquaintances recently … Richard Groth, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday night, July 30th at the age of 50. Rick was my boss when I was Chief Pilot at

The Mother’s Day I Dreaded
The Mother’s Day I Dreaded

It’s Mother’s Day, 2015. I sit alone in my mom’s house, typing this from her computer. Mom left us just over a week ago. She was 81. I hadn’t had the closest relationship with her most of my life but she was my only surviving parent, since Dad left us in 2004. I attended the funeral service, cried, attended the

Why Doesn’t GE Pay Taxes?

How Do Corporations Get Away With Paying No Taxes? People are upset that large corporations like GE are not paying taxes. It doesn’t seem fair or right that a large company should “get away with free money.” Is this truly the case? Do corporations really “get away” without paying taxes? Not surprisingly, there is more to the story. First, let’s

Sports in 2014 – Updates

Our club has set a goal to “Race to the Moon” in 2014, that is, run, ride and swim a combined total of 240,000 miles. We probably won’t make it, or even come close but it’s fun to do it anyway! Since I completed most of my lifelong exercise goals in 2013, I don’t have a whole lot left. I

Economic Gardening
Economic Gardening

Florida has touted the term Economic Gardening for several years now. Many business, political and economic leaders have dropped the phrase many times. Is there something to it? What’s it all about? More important: Is it working? The subject has several parts. It would require an in depth study beyond the scope of this essay but let’s try and explore