Sunday, May 22, 2016


💡Quote by Mike Mabe💡

“If I could be granted only one wish, my request would not be fame or fortune.  My only wish would be to have instant recall of name and face of everyone I've met throughout life when sighted later.”

Mike Mabe (1947 - ____ ) soldier 3, university student 4, corporate manager 32, high school substitute teacher 11, leadership coach 1, married 46+

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Another Quote

 💡Quote by Mike Mabe💡

“Jesus commanded people to love one another.  Many American people decided to look at others naked, lay with others, suckle or penetrate another's body part, and call these love.  The Messiah said, "love as I have loved you."”

Mike Mabe (1947 - ____ ) soldier 3, university student 4, corporate manager 32, high school substitute teacher 11, leadership coach 1, married 46+

Friday, July 31, 2015

💡An Anniversary Report💡

Today, July 31, 2015, marks the passing of ten years since I voluntarily quit a wonderful career job of 32.5 years in corporate management at Hanes and several operating units of Sara Lee Branded Apparel.  I was age 58 in 2005 with no future plan.  I told some superiors and colleagues that, “I would start a new life.”  I didn’t know what that meant and neither did they.  After my last day, Doreen and I sat in our den and discussed the future.  She put forth a new suggestion and I acted upon her idea.  Now, 750 days of high school substitute teaching throughout ten years have been complete. That’s 42% of the 1800 school days or an average of 2 days per school week.  This decade has been wonderful beyond imagination.  I have met and become friends with teachers, staff, and some parents of students.  The best part has been interacting with thousands of unique teenagers in the classrooms.  As a sub, I am with approximately 100 students per day.  During ten years, that computes to 75,000 (750 X 100) hits or opportunities to make an impression as an advertiser would say in computer or Internet jargon.  The same number of impressions were exerted upon me by the students.  Those two way interactions made me a better person and I treasure the experiences.  I often hear retirees say, “I’m going to spend time with my children or grandchildren”.  I think to myself, I’m spending quality time with many children and numerous grandchildren beyond my own and have gained insight into the potentials and abilities of modern young people.  My conclusion is that the majority of today’s teenagers are better people than the majority in the generation when I grew up.  That means the future is brighter today than yesterday if power is transferred to younger people. The sooner the power shifts, the better in my opinion. 

The workload described above has enabled Doreen and me to travel extensively throughout the United States and in a few other countries.  We postponed or deferred no trips and unleashed travel plans that amaze family, friends, and even Doreen and me.  We have met total strangers on trips or cruises and engaged in interesting conversations with them and enjoyed the times and places in the moments. We've grown from those encounters with people from other places.

I don’t know what the next ten years will be like, but I’m excited about the future.  I will approach it as always by trustingly acting upon what the Lord has planned.  He has been planner and enabler and deserves all the honor and glory for the good in my life.  As I glance into the rear view mirror of my life, I’m amazed at where I’ve been and the experiences that have happened.  But, as a good friend tells me with this metaphor:  "Business leadership is like a school bus driver, the leader must keep an eye on the riders (employee concerns) through the rear view mirror, but the road ahead is important too."  Life is similar, the road ahead is important and I should not rely too much on my experiences of the past.  Have a good day!

Mike Mabe (1947 -     )
soldier 3, corporate manager 32, high school substitute teacher 10, executive leadership coach

Sunday, July 26, 2015

💡Ponder This Quote💡

“Voices and speeches are but sound bites. Articles, books and documentaries are only tweets of the full story.  Truth, happiness, love, and joy are always found in individual perspective under any circumstance."

Mike Mabe (1947 -     )
soldier 3, corporate manager 32, high school substitute teacher 10, executive leadership coach 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Latest Quote

Violence stems from attitude
Peace stems from attitude
Attitude stems from the mind
Mind is where choices are made
Violence and peace are choices
Always choose peace

Mike Mabe (1947 - ____) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Commencement Speech

Click here to watch the commencement speech to the 2011 class of Ronald Reagan High School
on June 11, 2011 at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Ronald Reagan HS Commencement Speech 2011 by Mike Mabe     

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Keynote Address at Alpha Troop Reunion

Alpha Troop Alumni Association is comprised of veterans of Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division.  This unit was created in 1963 and has been active since that year.  The troop has served in every war since Vietnam.  The association was formed in the early 1990's and has a reunion every two years.

Watch the keynote address at the 2013 reunion in San Diego.

Have a good week!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

First Bald Eagle

sighted a bald eagle between Pfafftown and Tobaccoville this morning. This is a first for me in this area. At 10:30 AM on Tobaccoville Road in front of the Grange Hall. The rare bird was flying over the road about a hundred to a hundred-fifty feet high. He was very visible and recognizable. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Slide Show Of Norway

Open the link below to see a slide show of 70 pictures and 5, 30 second videos of our tour in Norway in July 2012.  The videos will start automatically when their slides are arrived at in the show.  Use your page-up or page-down keys to move from slide to slide.  PowerPoint is needed on your system and the file will be downloaded to your computer for viewing.

Have a good week!

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Memorial Day Idea

The highlighted letter to the editor appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal on Sunday, May 27, 2012 on page A24.
Click on the picture to enlarge

This idea works anytime.

The thank you letter from John Railey, Editorial Page Editor

Monday, May 14, 2012

Another Quote

"If voting outcome is unacceptable,   then force or bully the desired reform."

Mike Mabe (1947 - ___) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

New Quote

"Executive pay is the taproot of business leadership decay and the leading cause of disappearing jobs in early 21st century United States."

Mike Mabe (1947 - ___) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Another Original Quote

"Time passes so fast most people cannot record a diary during their life journey."

Mike Mabe (1947 - ___) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

Sunday, March 18, 2012

An Unbeknownst Photo Surfaces

Picture taken on March 12, 1966 of Mabe when he returned to his unit from the field hospital after being wounded.  The unbeknownst photo came forth 45 years later.  Mabe appears to be in shock from the combat of the day.

The photograph is a treasure.  When family members gathered around to see, the mood was quiet amazement.  When the image was projected onto a wide-screen in a high school classroom, the class became stone silent as each student’s eyes widened.  It took several moments for the students to absorb the figure and realize the image in the picture and the teacher standing in front of them are the same person.  They listened intently as I described how the photograph emerged.

I received this valuable while attending the Alpha Troop reunion in Nashville in May 2011. Dominick Bates from Albany, New York whom I hadn’t seen or corresponded with since we served together on the ground in first squad, first platoon of Troop A, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam during 1966.
Bates presented to me the photograph which was made on March 12 of that year.  That day I was wounded while on foot-recon patrol in the countryside around Tuy Hoa.  After the close-action small arms firefight and a Huey medevac flight to a Mash-like field hospital, I returned to my unit.   The close-up photo of me lying on the ground shows a shocked nineteen-year-old paratrooper.  The photo had been in Bates’ scrapbook for forty-five years.   May 2011 was Bates’ first reunion, which he learned about from a telephone message on his answering machine.  He and I along with our wives are new friends and stay in touch by email and telephone.

One never knows what treasure will come from a reunion of combat veterans.  Expect the unexpected and look forward to pleasant interaction with past acquaintances when you attend a reunion.  Expect to meet and enjoy the fellowship of other Alpha Troop veterans.  You never know how your presence will benefit others or how someone you knew in war will uplift you with spoken words, expressed memories, or mementos like an old photo.

Contact your buddies or track down lost comrades. Urge them to meet you at the Alpha Troop reunion in San Diego in May 2013.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A New Quote

"The offspring of my offspring are greater than I."

Mike Mabe (1947 - ___) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Quote

“When the mountaintop is reached, the view will be a vast sea of distant faces of children and young people seeking teachers, mentors, and leaders to provide direction.” 

Mike Mabe (1947 - ____ ) soldier, corporate manager, substitute teacher

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Newport, Rhode Island

We recently traveled to Rhode Island for seven days of R. & R.  Here are some photos we made at places never before experienced by us.

The entrance to Fort Adams

Construction of fort began in 1824, took 30 years to complete,
was used as the U. S. Naval Academy during the Civil War.

Steps along the Cliff Walk trail in Newport, RI

A view of the harbor 

Cliff Walk trail

One of the many mansions built during the Gilded Age

He was given the rank of Lieutenant General in command of some
7,000 French troops and sent to join the Continental Army

Narragansett Bay

Oldest library still functioning in the original building

Marble House mansion

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Honoring the Honor Guard

Meet some of the men who volunteer their time to extend the final tribute to fellow military veterans on the day of burial. Click on the photos to enlarge them for better viewing.

Edward Weatherman
Army, '67-'68, Vietnam Veteran
 Career job: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company

R. C. Athey
Air Force, '71-'91
Career job: VA Medical Center

Jack Whitaker
Army, 4 years
Career job: welder

Ross Adams
Navy, '54-'58
Career job: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
Mr. Adams has participated in over 1,000 burials in the past ten years.

Robert McCarn
Army,  5 years
Career job: self - employed plumber

Giles T. McLelland
Army and Army Reserve, 30 years
Career job: self - employed barber

Tom Ehlers
Navy, 6 years
Career job: Service Manager, IBM

Butch Roberts
Navy, 24 years
Career job: security

Wayne Falls
Army, '53-'55
Career job: self - employed auto technician

Cliff Harris
Army, '67-'69 Vietnam Veteran
Career job: Technical Writer for Western Electric, ATT, and Lucent Technologies

Harold Hamilton
Army, '54-'56
Career job: Driver for Hennis and Roadway Trucking Companies

I. H. "Cokie" Jones
Army, '51-'52 Korean War Veteran
Career job: worked for Sealtest and Biltmore Dairies

Honor Guard, Attention!

Honor Guard, Parade Rest!

Hand salute and presentation of arms.  Seven rifleman fire three volleys to complete the 21 gun salute. 

Watch a YouTube video of their 21 gun salute by clicking here:

Commander of the Honor Guard, Gray Templeton, from Clemmons Post 9010 folds the US flag with the help of Adams and Athey during the flag-folding ceremony at the casket and in front of the family.

"On behalf of the President of the United States and the people of a grateful nation, may I present this flag as a token of appreciation for the honorable and faithful service your loved one rendered this nation." is an example of words softly spoken to the next of kin when the flag is presented.

This van helps car-pool the honor guard members to the sites in the north and west sections of Forsyth County.

Honor guard members represent VFW Post 9010 in Clemmons, VFW Post 8719 in Advance, VFW Post 8593 in Pfafftown, and Western Forsyth American Legion Post 522 in Lewisville.  Men from these posts work together to provide military funerals for all families who request them.  These funerals usually number over one-hundred per year with a record 170 in year 2010.

Not all honor guard members are pictured here.  Regulars Ron Hash and Barry Luper had other commitments this day.  Coordinator Carl Munson of Clemmons does what his title suggests, plan and dispatch the honor guard.  I had the privilege to accompany my good neighbor Ross Adams on September 19 to photograph and record the honor guard and their performance at the burial of a WWII veteran at Forsyth Memorial Park.  It was impressive to witness the cooperation and leadership among the different post members as these veterans planned their positioning and decided each other's roles to deliver their stellar performance.

I felt that all observers were pleased and honored by the honor guards' services.  I hope you will notice these men as they travel throughout our area and in your own way let them know they are appreciated. 

Have a good week! 

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Mostly People Pictures

Doreen and I would not have the courage to plan a trip to southwest France without the lead of our friends Don and Nancy.  It was a great adventure on the River Lot and inside several villages. We saw castles and entered the prehistoric cave of Perle Meche.

Nancy, Don and Mike

Seated and getting ready for the most expensive lunch ever eaten.  $258.00 for two.

the dessert 

The Servers


Touring a village along the Lot River.

Nancy speaks English, Spanish, and some French.  She did much of the communication.

We ate lots of French bread.

Outdoor dining in the shade

Negotiating locks

Tasting sweets

After taking a shower in a luxury hotel in Paris the night before our return flight to US.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

More Pictures of France

More pictures from our trip to southwestern France from June 19-27, 2011.

Sidewalk dining in Toulouse, France

Side streets in Toulouse

A view from the Lot River

Doreen, Don, and Nancy enjoying the river cruise

Walking into a village along the river

A village home and flowers

A village atop cliffs beside the Lot River

Beautiful Countryside

More Countryside of southwestern France

Walking along a street in Cahors 

Chateau de Mercues