This is week 5 in my Marketing and Social Media class. My site is Develop the Unique You to Help Others.  It is hard to believe that I am still blogging and finding topics to write daily for my class with professor Bill Belew. My daily focus is to always take care of the blog writing each day. It’s as if I have a new baby to care for and keep happy.

Which leads to the topic for this week’s update: What I learned from my Dad.

My dad’s name was Charlie. He was born and raised in Nebraska. His family roots were humble and simple. His mother was the Post Master General in his hometown of Hoskins, Nebraska. He was a student (like I am now) for many years of his life; he was interested in many things.

A photo of Charlie and Jo Winter (left and right), my parents. The lady in the center is a mystery...!

A photo of Charlie and Jo Winter (left and right), my parents. The lady in the center is a mystery…!

The lesson my Dad taught me is to never stop learning.

Charlie was a chemist; he earned his PhD in Chemistry and a minor in Pharmacology. Dad went to private school all his younger life, which was unusual for someone born in 1920, the son of a farmer and gambler.

When America went to war, Charlie was in school for his doctorate. He deferred his doctorate studies to enlist in the Navy.

The military put him through school to get a Master’s in Aeronology. Charlie applied his weather predicting talents to good work, forecasting weather for the bombing planes in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. If the weather was bad, the planes would get off track and could crash or run out of fuel. Dad had to study the weather for clear skies and safe round trips.

Evidently Charlie’s superior/boss in the Navy didn’t like him very much — Dad was better at predicting weather. Charlie occasionally had to do the boss’ job when his superior went to bed drunk from too much whiskey.

His qualities of curiosity and keen interest made Charlie an engaging conversationalist. He was a polymath (a person of wide-ranging knowledge or learning): good at many things. My Dad refinished furniture, he was an expert on Early American Antiques and collected antiques throughout his whole life. He loved playing golf and going out to dinner. Charlie was always excited to see my daughter Julia, he loved her curious and interested nature.

This is my daughter Julia with her father. My Dad Charlie enjoyed Julia's interest and curiosity in new things.

This is my daughter Julia with her father. My Dad Charlie enjoyed Julia’s interest and curiosity in new things.

Dad taught himself the computer in his early 70’s. I remember his old DOS-based computer and printer in his office. He typed with two fingers. Charlie bought the computer because he wanted to catalogue his collection of stamps. His office and files were filled with philatelic material, stamps piles and filed, purchase documentation and correspondence, books and reference material.

At age 72 he wrote a book about his stamp collection, which was a one-of-a-kind philatelic compilation on the postal history for the Nebraska Territory. His book was published posthumously in 1999. Charlie is considered a preeminent expert on how the postal routes opened and evolved in the territory and eventual state of Nebraska. After he died, my Mother and I accepted an award of excellence from his Philatelic associates in San Francisco.

My father thrived on learning new things. He was never lazy about pursuing knowledge. He tried very hard to be an interested listener and questioner. I remember family dinners and vacations where everyone wanted to talk to Charlie; he engaged others to know what they were doing.

My Dad was the epitome of someone who wanted to develop himself and be educated on new things. He never stopped learning. Charlie was very good at communicating, engaging his well-hewn conversation skills. My mother and my whole family found him an appealing and thought-provoking person. He showed all of us what it was like to seek out new knowledge and apply it. My Dad instilled a high-achieving nature in all his children.

Frequently when I am learning something new or taking a new class, like my Marketing and Social Media course with Professor Belew, I think of my father. He would have enjoyed hearing about blogging and the world of Social Media. My Dad probably would have started his own blog if he had lived long enough to see the virtual world of the Internet come alive. I’m thankful for the learning I receive in my doctorate classes and remember the legacy of my Dad–Charlie Winter, who never stopped  learning.

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Emperor in Mulan

Emperor in Mulan

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” – Emperor, Mulan

My daddy remembers when princess Diana died.

I don’t ever want to remember when a princess dies. But, I guess that happens sometimes.

Daddy says that the Queen made a comment that her servants should do something at the front gate where fans were placing flowers as a memorial. But it was impossible to carry out.

The point was that the Queen was completely out of touch with the common goings on. And this case she had no idea what was going on around princess Diana.

It is sometimes said that the “Crown is the last to know.” That is the King and Queen just don’t understand what is actually going on among the common people.

The emperor in Mulan had an insight that he shared about – Mulan.

A flower that blooms in adversity must indeed be beautiful as well as rare.

Nobody wishes for hard times to come. But if I can continue to bloom, to show my best no matter what is going on around me and especially when all around me is bad … then I think I must be a rare person. And beautiful, too.

The more I think about this the more I like it.

I don’t want to crawl in to a hole when everything is going badly. Rather I want to such an opportunity to stand out … to be special … to bloom.

From a dad to his daughter.

Posted February 10th, 2016 by Mia's Daddy

Daughters are the beautiful creation of god and tend to be much softer and so should be taken much care during their childhood. Teaching things to son is easier rather than teaching to girls. There are certain things that should be taught to your daughter which will help her succeed in life. The few steps taken care of at her childhood will tend her towards a bright and good future as she grows old.

Dad shaped my future.

Dad shaped my future.

  1. Teach her to love the inner beauty: every father should teach her daughter the inner beauty. Our culture puts so much focus on outer beauty and it is difficult for girls to develop positive body images. Affirm your daughter’s beauty  inside out and encourage her to focus on true beauty that is inner beauty. Teaching her about inner beauty will give her a chance to know about each and every one she meets in her life. Even if the person is not good looking she will try to understand the outer beauty.
  2. Teach your daughter about right men: Many girls lose their heart to persons who don’t deserve to get the love. Fathers should make sure to teach them in their right age that is adolescent age about dating relationships . Many girls without knowledge start dating relationships which they don’t know what is right and what is wrong. Particularly at this time dads should be of great help so that daughters can discuss certain things and get the right knowledge.
  3. Teach your daughter to be courageous: Every father should teach their daughters to be brave and courageous. So that in some point of life it will help her to tackle some difficult situations. Encourage your daughter to pursue her dreams and take (reasonable) risks to advance her learning, her career, and provide enriching learning experiences. This is all about inspiring confidence in your daughter.images (48)
  4. Teach her the value of honesty: Start teaching your daughter value of honesty. Actually honesty is a very good policy to be learnt from the childhood so that she can inculcate this quality in herself from a very early age. This quality would make her grow as a person and this will help her a lot in her future like in her job, married life.images (54)

These are little things which would help her build a bright future and when she looks back in her past she would find your lessons which helped her becoming such a great woman.


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Ultrarunning and Life's Lessons

Ultrarunning and Life’s Lessons

Growing up is a marathon not a sprint – Recuperating from Training

People like to compare themselves to others. To determine if they are doing more, or better, or faster, or smarter …

Daddy is not like that. He says you need to compare yourself with yourself.

Are you doing more, doing better, faster, smarter than you were yesterday?

Comparing yourself to others is not a bad thing. But it is if that is your only yardstick.

Lesson: The amount of time it takes the body to recuperate is not a sign of weakness but a fact of life.

Not everyone is the same. Not everyone has the same life situation, the same upbringing, the same environment, the same resources.

All things being equal for the most part, some people need more sleep than others, need more time to recover, recuperate from pushing themselves.

If Joe and I can run the same speed but he recovers faster than me and I try to keep up, I will eventually break down.

I need to know myself, my own limitations. And I need to work within that.

If I recover faster than Joe, yet I see that it takes him longer and I slow myself down to keep up, um, down with him, I will not get as good a results out of my efforts as I could.

Competitors can be a good motivators. But they are not good yardsticks.

I need to know and measure myself. And do better than I, myself, did yesterday. In that way I will get the best results for my efforts.