In General

Writing is essential to me. It forces me to think, and that is a good thing. It brings up my past with a clarity that surprises me. I believe that it, and more importantly, Lenette are the primary reasons for my continuing existence. She is why I am still functioning as I am. Writing is the fruit of this tree.

In the process of seeking subjects to write an essay on, I must feel assured that I know what I am writing about. Writing as IF I know what I am writing about is not my style. I am too pragmatic (as I have always been) to propose or suggest thoughts I know little about or have no actual experience with. Even research and enjoyable reading has never been enough for me. Experience is vital to me as a mentor. 

My stories, even where “serendipity” (what else?) enters the picture, are true as remembered. Lessons are often bold and sometimes hardly a suggestion, but lessons, nonetheless. So, my writing about power, leadership, dialogue, and relationships with children and adults is based on experience. I’m not one to quote as gospel, anything. 

When I write about our animals, about us (as with our weird Mexico experience or the drunk and finding Camp Shasta), the impact the 3 Japanese Prisoners had on me, my family, and the depression, the people we have lived and worked with all are what I mean when I write “experience.”  Add to this our Earth, where life, nations, and the environment plays their cards to our personal benefit or loss. Whoever first said, “we have no choice but to either play the cards dealt to us or give in,” certainly must have known the travails of life.  

In the deepest part of me, I know we played our cards as dealt and did the best we could do with them.

Life is to be lived—Not run from or hide our heads—It is what it is.


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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