Did you know I invite my readers to suggest subjects to write about? Please don’t hesitate to ask! What I write is what I have experienced, not what others may or may not have experienced. Good examples: I write about my work with power and leaders. I have written about my youth, my experience with the Japanese prisoners, and how important they were and are to me. I’ve written often about our many “serendipitous” adventures, and I have written about animals.

The following is another example: It’s the 50s, and our 3 animals, Brutus, Heidi, and Cleo, are eating their dinners at the same time we are. They always had kibble to munch on during the day, but dinner was different and more substantial. We were at the table, and they were on the floor, all in their usual places.

Heidi finished hers first but left some in her bowl. Nothing unusual, except that Cleo took notice of her leftovers. We just happened to witness Cleo’s move and Heidi’s response: Cleo reached her paw over to Heidi’s bowl, reached the lip, and began to (slowly) move the bowl towards her. Heidi (her head on her paws) just watched as Cleo became bolder and moved the bowl a bit closer to her. Heidi did nothing, her massive head still flat on her paws.

Again, Cleo moved the bowl even closer to her head. We were transfixed by now, watching the interaction between them. Heidi never took her eyes off Cleo or moved her head, and Cleo’s steady pull on the bowl was one fraction of an inch at a time. 

With the bowl now about one inch from Cleo, Heidi, head flat and steady, curled her lip. Cleo got the message and returned to her bowl as if nothing had occurred. And nothing did except a wonderful interaction between two animals that loved each other. 


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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