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Mother's Day Letter

Index of a few letters by topic and author

  Topic             Focus / Author             Episode

Critics                Internet / Gloria              Internet Basics
                          Mo's / Joseph                  Mo's

Education          College / Thomson           Favorites #1 & #2
                          HS / Coyman                   Related episode
                          HS / Bonetti                     Chocolate Crickets
                          Learn from All           

Help!                 Internet / Bernadette    Staying Power

Indexes             Index of Learning Companies

Key Ideas         Cash Flow / Gardiner       Many
                         Compensation                  Many
                         Financials / Stickney         Related episode
                         Incubators / Shamiso
                         Podcasts / Gardiner
                         Retirement / Anderson
                         Services  (Professsional)   Many
                         Advertising, Architecture, Animation, Design
                         SWOT Analysis / Anderson           

Paths & Steps   An Idea / Jason
                         Start Up / Cope

Producers     We are all Producers




Our letters to you

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and it evolves daily.

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based entirely on the Small Business School episodes

Storytelling & Metaphor from Bruce Camber
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On spending hours on this website!
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About leadership.  Do you have what it takes?

Meet Keith Grint and many owners.  Letter from Alan Preston.


Reflections -  An Open Letter to my Mother by Bruce Camber

Dear Mom,

Moms are special people.  I am sure there is hardly a day that goes by when you do not have a thought about one of your three children.  And, I am rather sure that you were particularly thinking about me this day now 64 years ago.  Just two months and a few days later,  I would finally make my exit!   Flesh of flesh, blood of blood, seems particularly poignant when we stop this day to reflect as meaningfully as we can on the question, "Who is our mother? What did she impart to us, her children, that we have been taking forward into the world?"

So, today, I am thinking about you!  First, let me say, "I love you, Mom."  Now well into your eighty years, up in the Maine woods,  looking out over the lake as winter has finally given way to Spring, you are a source of inspiration.  We can hope and pray when we are in our eighties we will have our garden planted and be out mowing grass on our John Deere!

Those of you who overwinter are such a hardy sort; I am glad that you all look out for each other as you do. I thank God for all the family, friends and neighbors who drop in on you as they do. These are very special years of life when we realize how totally interdependent we are.

On Mother's Day we think about you, Nana, great Nana and all the greats that came before her. Certainly the times have changed. You have out-lived them all and, of course, you are a very different person. Think about how active you are with all the mowing, cutting and pruning, digging and planting, and weeding and harvesting.  Think about all the people who schedule their treks and vacations to come to see you during the high season.  

So, don't be planning to check out anytime soon.  I believe there are important times ahead and it would be fun for us to share them with you.  

How many years do any of us have?  It is not for us to know.  Yet, if we stop to reflect,  we can know a few more things than we do.

Few people understand my radical vision about being and knowing.  Ever since those days at Boston University's graduate schools, I adopted the belief that we are the totality of our relations -- not our body and not our brain -- but all the relations that we have had and the ways that we process those relations.  The totality of those relations defines our body and our brain.  And, of course,  you and dad will forever have imparted the deepest and the greatest percentage of those relations.

Now over the years, think of all the people you have known and ideas and insights that you have shared. 

Think about how we are all ever more connected than anytime in the past to every one of them.  There are no excuses to be out of touch with each other.  That  flat-rate telephone puts us all on notice.  We can no longer use the costs of a call as an excuse to keep them infrequent and short.  So now, what do we really have to say to each other?

"I love you" is a good start.  "Thank you" is a good follow up.  The highlights of a day are always important.  "What are you reading?" is a good question for all of us to ask of each other.  How about, "What is new and exciting?"  You have been so good over the years to ask, "How's business?" because you know that I believe work-and-business is the way we define our hours and days... that work is the nexus of creativity and the  way we bring value into the world.

So, for this Mother's Day, I think it would be good to compose a letter like this one that reflects on the past, the good times and the bad, the high notes and the low, so we are able to go over these things just one more time to see if there is concurrence in our perceptions and about the meaning of the lessons learned.  I should have been doing this every year since I left home back in 1965. It would  be a good exercise and one that I believe some of our readers, viewers, and listeners may well enjoy and perhaps even participate with their own mother.

So, let me say just one more time, "Happy Mother's Day, Mother.  We love you and we thank you for all that you have done for us" and then I especially add, "...and all that you did and you are doing for me."

With love,

Bruce

PS.  Remember many years ago,  that apron I created as a Christmas  gift to everyone in the family?  It seems to be weathering time quite well.  The content within it also remains unchallenged.

PPS.  Unfortunately Maine Public Broadcasting has put the show on the shelf for the time being.  Yet, we will be sending you emails with links to episodes that we think you may enjoy.  Here are some of the episodes of the show that we have done about family businesses.