Little Lessons

Choose Wisely

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 26, 2018 5:01:00 AM

1930s radio
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: father, friendship, memories, little lessons, reactions, control, learning

The People Around You

Posted by Mark Fallon

Oct 5, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern.” – Max Lucado

This time of year always brings a lot of travel. Many companies want to finish projects before the year-end, so that means more onsite visits. In support of Postal Customer Councils, I’ll visit 6 states in 3 months, delivering keynote addresses and instructional classes. Between Labor Day and Thanksgiving, I’ll be flying at least 10 out of 12 weeks.

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Topics: people, travel, memories, love, personal relationships

Listen to Your Elders

Posted by Mark Fallon

Sep 21, 2018 5:01:00 AM


1930 Cord

“Memory is the one paradise out of which we cannot be driven.” – Sacha Guitry

We were admiring the 1930 Cord on display at the museum, when we heard a voice say, “You know, the classic color was yellow.”

We turned to learn more from our new guide. “Oh yes, Cord was known for their yellow cars. Do they have the engine hood open on the other side? They were beautiful machines. Really ahead of their time. Did you see the one out in the car show? Retractable headlights. In 1930.”

“My husband had the chance to buy one once. $2,000. Which was a good buy. They sold new for $2,900. It was either buy the car, or date me for the next 3 years.” – said with a twinkling smile.

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Topics: memories, story

The Slings and Arrows of Life

Posted by Mark Fallon

Aug 17, 2018 5:01:00 AM


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“Learning is a gift, even if pain is the teacher.” – James Garner

About 40 years ago, a baseball hit me in the mouth. I wasn’t a fan in the stands but playing shortstop when a line-drive was hit right at me. I was a terrible athlete and a worse baseball player. My dentist performed a root canal to stop the pain and save the tooth.

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Topics: emotions, joy, challenge, reactions, memories, learning

Searching for the Best

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 20, 2018 5:01:00 AM

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“The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald

It’s common to see signs in restaurants declaring “Voted Best Restaurant of 2018” by the readers of the local newspaper or regional magazine. The restaurant may only be a local pub with 10 tables and 5 booths, but it’s “the best”.

I’ve had people ask me for “the best hotel in Boston”. Before answering, I ask questions – How many people? Any children? What do you plan on doing? What time of year? Will you have a car?

A friend asked me “what’s the best book on leadership?” The closest I could come to answering the questions was to write a blog post with a list of 25 books that had a significant impact on me.

“Best” is a very personal term. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “best” as “superlative of good: excelling all others.”

Excelling in what?
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Topics: emotions, memories, values, Reading and Books, reflection

The Photo Not Taken

Posted by Mark Fallon

Jul 14, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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“Let me, O let me bathe my soul in colors; let me swallow the sunset and drink the rainbow.” – Kahlil Gibran

The scene in front of me was even better than planned. The setting, the champagne, the smiling face next to me. The colors and the subjects were perfectly framed for a photo. Yet my smartphone stayed in my pocket.

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Topics: memories, reflection

Don’t Blink

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 26, 2017 5:03:00 AM

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"Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think. So don't blink." - Kenny Chesney (Chris Wallin and Casey Beathard - songwriters)

In 1992, I attended my first national mailing conference. I was intimidated by the attendees who were experienced managers, and clearly knew what they were doing. My introvert side won out, and I kept to myself as much as possible.

On the last day, at the last class, one of the older attendees introduced himself to me. He invited me to a reception, where he introduced me to even more people. The other managers welcomed me to their group. We exchanged business cards and phone numbers (no email back then), and promised to stay in touch.

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Topics: friendship, attitude, memories

Jamie’s Parker House Rolls

Posted by Mark Fallon

May 5, 2017 5:01:00 AM

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There are some people that when you hear their name immediately make you think of a certain time and place. It may be a classroom from college. A crowded living room after dinner. A deserted beach during the winter.

When I think about my friend, Jamie, I actually think of four people. Jamie, David, Dolores, and me, sharing a meal. Dinner at a nice restaurant. Breakfast at the neighborhood diner. The best place of all – Jamie’s table.

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Topics: family, friendship, memories

Lessons from My Mother: The Dinner Table

Posted by Mark Fallon

Mar 3, 2017 4:36:25 AM

plate.jpgWeeknights at 6:00 sharp. Leftovers on Saturdays. Late Sunday afternoons, usually with a visiting relative. The blessing, led by my father’s brother, a priest. My father at the head of the table. The rest of us vying for the seats closest to the kitchen.

Growing up, the dinner table was a central part of my life. Dinner was the one time of day that all 10 kids and my parents were in the same room. There would be three or four conversations going on at once, with the occasional squabble sprinkled in. And of course, there was my mother’s cooking.

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Topics: family, memories