Needed soberness in a time of national trial.

Storm clouds over US Capitol
Storm clouds over US Capitol
Darkness over the U.S. Capitol Building (©Adobe Stock)

I hope January 6, 2021, is a day that will live on in our national memory for a very long time. But I’m not confident that it will. I know it will for me, though.

As I was watching the incredible events at the Capital unfold, I was struck as much by the heinous events themselves as I was by my thoughts of how a “civil society” could become as disordered as we’ve have over the past year, and really over the past twenty or so. It’s just unbelievable, I thought.

And that was it. It’s unbelievable. Unbelievable because we have taken to believing certain things are just aren’t true. We believe them because they make us feel good. Not because they are true. …

Marketing lessons from a 14th-century wanna-be knight and his herald.

Medieval castle in France
Medieval castle in France
Le Prioré over Ambialet, France (©2020, Edward Paul Macko)

This is a fun, true story of being open to the needs of others, to unexpected moments, and the way creativity works.

Some years back, as I was working at home one evening on a new business pitch to a nationally known university, my then eight-year-old son came to me and asked to watch a movie with me. The DVD he was holding was a movie we had watched probably 50 times prior (not exaggerating). It would’ve been very easy for me to say, “No, I have work to do. Maybe tomorrow, OK, bud?” …

God’s beautiful and dependable order of being.

Sun rays burst through the trees and an early morning fall mist.
Sun rays burst through the trees and an early morning fall mist.
Guiding Light. (©2020 Edward Paul Macko)

From the cosmos (the Greek word for order) to our minds to beauty itself, there is order. It exists. If the given order is followed, things tends to go smoothly, if not, it usually ends up just pissing us off. Like when we see a sign that reads “Out of Order,” it upsets us because we know exactly what that means — the thing ain’t working. The actual reason it’s not working may be unclear, but the fact that it is broke is obvious. And it’s frustrating.

Looking back on 2020, the entire year has seemed broken, or at least out of order. Everyone claims to know why, but no one seems to know how to fix it. It has been, no doubt, a year many of us will never forget, although many of us would certainly like to. …

A loving tribute to Ace and Stella, and all dogs loved and lost.

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Ace and Stella at play. (©2020, Edward Paul Macko)

I’ve had dogs my entire life — all kinds, all sizes — from Chihuahuas to Beagles to Labrador retrievers. I can’t say I really appreciated what they bring to us until Ace came along. But his story would be incomplete if not for Stella, and our family’s story would be incomplete if not for the both of them.

But before I get to that …

I married Cathi, my dream girl, 36 years ago, and my gift to her was a Dalmatian puppy, named Max. (Advice to those considering something similarly stupid…this is not the way to begin a marriage.)

Cathi was never allowed to have dogs as a kid and she wanted one desperately. …

About

Ed Macko

Award-winning creative director who combines words of triumph with images of hope, creating messages filled with promise. => https://edmacko.myportfolio.com

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