Sunday, May 31, 2020


Spent some time in Owensboro, Kentucky visiting family.  Later, we learned that we had just missed a peaceful march protesting the deaths of blacks at the hands of police officers.  The march, for a time, closed down the "blue bridge" that links Indiana and Owensboro. 

A bridge.  Isn't that a wonderful symbol?  To stand strong it must be anchored to a solid foundation, which gives it stability and longevity.  But it must also be flexible, to adapt to changing conditions -- and span where you are to a better future. 

I don't know if these people had that in mind, but I do hope for the vision of a better future. 

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Saturday, May 30, 2020

What would compassion do?

Even though I try not to watch news reports, occasionally events happen that I just can't hide from. Not hide exactly.  I just choose to try to not get emotionally involved in things that don't concern me.  On the other hand, if everything is connected then everything should concern me.  

Creates a sort of a riot in my mind.  I'm sorry, I should have said that it creates a protest in my mind.

So, I was thinking about this Minneapolis situation. 

Just a question:  What would a response of compassion brought forth?

A police officer acting with compassion toward the suspect?
A community acting with compassion toward the police officer (allowing justice to be served, or course)?

Seems that compassion brings a community closer, while anger does the opposite.  Does a community need anger and hatred to survive?  Or compassion?

Yes, I know:  Easier said than done!

Easier to beat and kill a man than to act compassionately.  Easier to burn a building than to build one. 

Maybe easier isn't the answer.

Just some random thoughts this morning.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Festival of Casualties


Doing some desk cleaning on this rainy day.  Came across this:

Got me thinking about all the Festivals that have been canceled or postponed due to this Coronavirus situation.  Hundreds.  Including

The good news is that Jeffersonville, Indiana's Abbey Road on the River -- "The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival" has not been canceled, but postponed to October.  More information at

When this is all over, I'm going to make it a point to get out and seize some festivals.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Uncertain Times?

Seems that there are more and more advertising copywriters out there who have fallen in love with the phrase, "These are uncertain times."  Or some variation.

Question:  When have you EVER lived in certain times?  

I haven't. 

I think that's why it's so important to remember EVALUATION and DIRECTION CHANGE are so important in the process of a project -- and life.

Yes, we live in uncertain times, I'm certain. 

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn 

Monday, May 18, 2020


“What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.” – John Wayne

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Ben Franklin and Turtles

 Dateline:  Yesterday

I finally got out and about to enjoy one of my hobbies:  Muzzleloading.  Basically, shooting old-time muzzleloading rifles.  A group of us got together (at safe, social distances) to "plink" steel targets in the woods. 

On the way to the campground, I ran across (not over) numerous turtles.  Turtles!  I haven't seen box turtles in a LONG time.

That got me thinking about something old Ben wrote about living the advantages of adversity:

To be thrown upon one's own resources is to be cast into the very lap of fortune, for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible. 

Sort of like that old box turtle:  Thrown upon one's own resources.  Those guys sure have lived a LONG time on this planet.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Monday, May 11, 2020

Random Thoughts

 A lot of people and a lot of the news frustration is focused on blame and fault.  "Now, what's the course?"  "There is no plan!"

That got me thinking about those hurricane models we see -- even within a few miles of landfall.  With all our technology and historical knowledge, we still come up with models like this to predict the course:

Fact is, we're in the middle of a shit-storm.  What's its course?  Simple answer:  It's a mystery. 

But, there is one fact that is NOT a mystery.   It seems to me that if I can't solve it, at least I don't want to be part of the problem. 

The question for me is, how am I going to share my time and talent?  How am I going to use my unique spirit to create some happiness for someone?

No matter which course this crazy storm takes. 

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn 

Thursday, May 7, 2020


Borrowed from the internet somewhere.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

May the Four Synchronicity

So, yesterday I posted a May the Four (Beatles) be with you!

After spending the afternoon doing some landscaping for a friend, I decided to relax on the new back deck with a beer from a variety pack I purchased a few days ago.  I hadn’t really looked at the box and have never had it before. 

Look at the name of the sample I pulled out.
How’s that for synchronicity.

Carpe diem Life,

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Back On Track and

Carpe diem Life!

Indiana has announced its "roadmap" for getting back on track.  In fact, Gov. Holcomb used that "roadmap" and "course" language in his address yesterday.  In many ways, it's the Carpe diem Life map.

Choose where we want to be (back to normal)
Action List (what we'll need to get there)
Resources (people, businesses, hospitals, testing, information...)
Persistent Action (beginning May1)
Evaluation (evaluating each step along the way)

Direction (are we still on course or do we need to take a detour?)
Improvement (what can we do to improve the current situation and future events?)
Enjoy the process (stay calm and find ways to help yourself and others during this process)
My Responsibility (it's each of our responsibilities to stay safe and to keep others safe)


Be safe out there.

Carpe diem Life,
David Kuhn