Maybe it’s my age, or perhaps it’s the many people I worked with over the years who believe I helped them be better leaders… In any event, I’m receiving a bundle of compliments. I hope this is the case of being the “good” teacher!
I’m aging, and I know it. I’m slowing down physically. That’s what I’m aware of, but the mind remains active, and I feel good about that. So, I will try to keep writing my one-page papers using that facility.

When I ask for suggestions, I get requests for “dog stories.” Surprisingly (or maybe not), those are the ones that received the most response. I told about Heidi fighting and defeating the hunting dog that lived at the farm next door to Camp. That dog was never the same after Heidi saved Brutus in the forest encounter with us. Heidi’s heroics are plainly worth retelling. She was an extraordinary animal with instincts that constantly surprised.

So please take a few moments and let me know what you’d like to have me write or revisit. My memories remain clear for the most part, and I enjoy attempting to recall many of them. Maybe some are worth forgetting, which could be a good thing too!


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

3 thoughts on “Memories…”

  1. Mem0ries

    My memory of recent happenings is not working well. I do recall articles that say doing crosswords and the like helps stave off short-term memory loss. Others have responded that doing crosswords will make one better at doing crosswords. I believe this is true.

    Because I like to read, I have been thinking that reading something difficult would be useful in keeping the old grey matter humming along at a quicker rate. Two of my physicist friends have unknowingly tweaked me recently. Paul chided me when I questioned him about “climate change” as a replacement for global warming. Dave hung up when I asked about quantum computers.

    Ah ha, thought I. The Internet and particularly Wikipedia were available. I started with Wiki. That was interesting, but I wanted a book. So I checked with the Washoe County Libraries and found “What Is Real?” by Adam Becker. I also found “What Is Climate Change?” by Gail Herman. Both were published in 2018. The latter is a 108-page paper bound pamphlet. It has good information though and a bibliography that may be useful. I have Bill Gates’s book and what to do to cope with climate change. That’s well and good and necessary but fails to deal with the origin and cause of climate change. I haven’t read enough of Gail Herman’s pamphlet yet to go beyond “greenhouse gases.”

    Ah, but Adam Becker’s tome is perfect. He dives into the history of quantum physics. This led him to discussions of the key players such as Einstein and Feynman. This book, as one of the blurbs says, reads like a novel. Big and little contributors as well as the more nearly correct players and their contributions, mistakes, and professional foibles are covered in 295 hardback pages plus an appendix followed by extensive footnotes, bibliography and index. I will finish this book soon and, sadly, return it to the library and perhaps buy a copy to read again.

    Now, when I bring up quantum computing to Dave, I might be able to keep him on the phone. My sense is that standard computers have always worked on zeros and ones. Quantum computers work on about nine different values. I can’t swear to the latter, but I’d like to know how quantum computers work. Nor can I tell you what the quantum side of the universe is because none of the “characters” in Becker’s book could either. Originally, early physicists thought the world of tiny things, i.e., atoms and subatomic particles, had different “rules” from our world of Newtonian physics. They were satisfied with that and defended their view with something of a shrug called the “Copenhagen Interpretation.” Others are not satisfied because they want all matter in the universe to follow the same rules, the quantum rules which are still not fully described (if I have put that idea correctly).

    One good book does not a memory aid or dementia cure make, but it certainly keeps up my interest in the world and universe around me. Next, I’d like to move on to a climate story deeper than Gail Herman’s to find out what exactly are the greenhouse gases, how they originate, how each causes change in our climate and atmosphere. I certainly hope there’s more to climate change than political battles. I look forward to talking with Paul about this topic. He studies big physics meaning stars, galaxies and universes.

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