Phones don’t bite

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One of our chapter chairs called me some time ago, and as usual when he calls, we had a wide ranging conversation about members of The FENG, friends (sometimes these two overlap), and family matters. There generally aren’t many moments of silence since we always have so much to talk about....


Jun 11, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

A fair fight

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One of the most over-rated things in this world is a fair fight.I suppose the belief in a fair fight is to a very large degree all part of the American Western heritage of the gunfighter. Two men armed with six-shooters (the great equalizer) standing 20 paces apart face each other in the s...


Apr 20, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of being personal

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I don’t know about you, but I can almost always tell when I get a thinly disguised personal mailing that is actually a mass mailing of some kind.On the one hand, I am glad you are communicating with a lot of folks because you need to do that. But, there is a big difference between doing a ...


Jan 30, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

Coziness is a state of mind

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I suppose that at times being a member of the runaway train we call The FENG would appear not to lend itself to a whole lot of warm fuzzies.Ah, if only we could return to those halcyon days when there were only 50 of us and on a good day 15 of us would gather around that small table in the...


Jan 10, 2023

By Matt Bud, The FENG

The importance of labels

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For those of us who read the newspaper from time to time, one can’t help but notice that just about everyone who is mentioned in any story is given a label.The label selected is usually something very simple such as “a 46 year old truck driver from Illinois.” In this case it is someone’s c...


Oct 21, 2021

By Matt Bud, The FENG

It’s always about you

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There was a very silly movie that came out many years ago with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts called “The Mexican.” The most memorable scene if you recall the advertising for the movie has Julia Roberts standing on a balcony throwing Brad’s clothes at him and screaming “It’s always about you!...


Feb 21, 2022

By Matt Bud, The FENG