Little Lessons

What Can I Do About It?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Apr 5, 2019 5:01:00 AM

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“There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.” – Plato

It had been a long day. My brain was tired, and my body exhausted. I knew there were still 90 miles left to drive, but traffic was moving along, and I might make it home in less than 90 minutes.

Until everything came to a dead stop.

As we inched along, I started to think about alternate routes. I calculated that the “best” substitute was at least an hour longer. An alert on my GPS device estimated that the traffic on the current road was delayed about 45 minutes. So, I continued forward.

No good alternatives to a bad situation. Or were there?

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Topics: strength, goals, friendship, attitude, challenge, emotions

Choose Wisely

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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This little lesson occurred 10 years ago, in 2008. I share it today to honor my father, Bill and my friend, Tim. Saturday, October 27, 2018, would have been my father’s 94th birthday, and next month represents the one-year anniversary of Tim’s passing. I think of them often.

Recently, my father was telling a story about his boyhood. He and his brother had walked 5 miles to the next town to listen to the radio broadcast of President Roosevelt’s inaugural address. That’s Franklin Roosevelt, not Theodore Roosevelt (my father’s not that old).

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Topics: friendship, learning, memories, reactions, control, little lessons, father

Love Letters

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 19, 2018 5:01:00 AM

The Letter
“Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” – Josh Billings

One day in 1981, a friend of mine asked me to cover for her for a few days at her part-time job. Little did I know that that favor would be the beginning of a life-long love affair……………………………with mail.
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Topics: goals, friendship, story, mail, letters

You Don’t Know Their Story

Posted by Mark Fallon

Feb 2, 2018 5:00:00 AM

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"You are the storyteller of your own life and you can create the legend or not." - Isabel Allende

For the past 18 months, my business partner and I have been making weekly trips to see a client in New Mexico. Staying in the same Marriott, we’ve become “regulars” to the staff. We often stop in the lobby lounge for dinner or a nightcap at the end of the evening. The bartenders and servers are friendly, sharing stories and listening to our boring tales. After a while, it feels like we’re friends.

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Topics: friendship, story, listen

Your Favorite Little Lessons of 2017

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jan 5, 2018 4:54:00 AM

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The events of 2017 were a reminder of the importance of the people we let into our lives. In the most significant moments – whether in mourning or celebration – it’s the people around us who make a difference.

The journey continues. We can’t go back in time, so we must move forward. Thanks to the support of so many friends, I’ll continue to learn more little lessons. And write about them here.

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Topics: goals, friendship, inspiration, love

Call Your Friend

Posted by Mark Fallon

Dec 1, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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“Did you make that putt?” – Tim McKeon

Last weekend, I received word that my good friend, Tim McKeon, had passed away.

There are so many ways to describe Tim – loving, funny, friendly, giving – just to name a few. He was a larger-than-life individual whose presence was felt as soon as he entered a room. He told the funniest stories, punctuated with a booming, infectious laugh. In many cases, I was the subject of those stories. Never in a mean way, but in a way that only a good friend can.

For me, perhaps the best word to describe Tim is “loyal”. A loyal co-worker and a loyal friend.

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Topics: friendship, love

Where is Home?

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 24, 2017 4:00:00 AM

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In his poem, The Death of the Hired Man, Robert Frost wrote:

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.”

Mr. Frost was wrong.

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Topics: friendship, love

The Unintended People of Our Decisions

Posted by Mark Fallon

Nov 17, 2017 4:00:00 AM


“Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.” – George MacDonald

In 1975, I joined the Immaculate Conception Queensmen Drum & Bugle Corps. I had no talent, and had never played a musical instrument. For no particular reason, I tried out for the drum line, and was picked to be a snare drummer.

More than 40 years later, the boys I marched next to have become the men who I rely on for support and friendship.

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Topics: friendship, support, mentor

The Little Things

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 20, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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Topics: persistence, friendship, thankfulness, attitude, positive

Focus, Not Limits

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 29, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

I’m currently reading “Life: The Leading Edge of Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Anthropology, and Environmental Science” (edited by John Brockman). The book is a collection of essays and conversations by scientists on their understanding of life – from evolution to genetics to the origins of life to the probability of life on other planets.

My favorite chapter is the transcript of a panel discussion on the concept of life. What makes the discussion so interesting is the varied points of views - biologists, geneticists, physicists and evolutionary philosophers. While each scientist had a primary field of study, they were also well-versed in a wide spectrum of topics. The physicist had read papers on genetics, and the biologist had studied chemistry, and so on. Their broad understanding of multiple subjects supplemented their specific fields.

We can learn from their habits. Too often, we allow our focus to become too narrow. Instead of improving our expertise in an area, our self-imposed limits stunt our growth – professionally and personally.

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Topics: friendship, Reading and Books, learning, communicate, growth