My father recently sent this book to all of us brothers (and our families). It is a great read and I hope you will. Below is a link to the video from the commencement speech that inspired the book.
With everything going digital, sometimes the tried and true instruments get lost in the shuffle. However, I don't ever see pencil (or pen) and paper becoming completely obsolete. I almost always have in reach a Fisher Space pen or a Dixon Ticonderoga #2 (black, of course) and a Rite in the Rain Notebook.
The Fisher Space pen was developed by Paul Fisher for the first manned Apollo mission and has been a part of every space flight since. It has a pressurized cartridge that makes it able to write at any angle. All that aside, I like its simplicity and metal construction. It holds up to daily use quite well.
The Dixon Ticonderoga was introduced to me by a friend, and has been a fixture on my desk since. It's just classic old school cool. Something I imagine has been on the desks of American schools and businesses for decades. It's durable and you don't have to chew up half the pencil to get a sharp point.
Of course, you need something to write on, and that's where my Rite in the Rain notebook comes in handy. It fits in a pocket, and is always at the ready to take a quick note. For years, I looked for a system to keep track of my shots when I'm videoing cattle. This has fit the bill and I usually have an extra or two tucked away in my bag. I use the yellow cover so it's easy to spot when it gets dropped. I've dropped it in water tanks, mud, manure and various other things. Information in other notebooks would have been lost, but not with this one. A quick rinse, and it's good to go.
Three pieces of gear I use daily.
I love seeing how technology is being integrated into feeding the growing world population. Check out this product used in dairy applications.
For those of you who've always wondered where a certain cut comes from, here it is explained in a concise manner. What's your favorite cut of Beef?
So, as I said in my first blog, I'm not so sure that anyone will put much stock in what I have to say on this blog, but I am going to charge on with it, nonetheless. I really see this whole thing as a way to revisit some of the great conversations I have with people I run into in my day to day.
I meet some incredible people. It seems like those I enjoy and admire most have at least a couple key attributes common among them.
1). They have a deep drive to excel. It doesn't matter if they are a CEO or the lowest man in the pecking order, people who are driven to be the best at what they attempt attract my attention. In turn, they make me evaluate how I am doing in regards to my own affairs.
2). They are both teachers and students. They have a deep drive to always improve their knowledge as well as pass along what they have learned to others. Most are rabid readers. They also have a teacher's heart. While some may fear that sharing their "secret sauce" will give someone else an advantage, successful people find joy in others being even more successful than they have been. Frankly, they love the friendly competition and it makes them better as well.
3). They live by a code. Honesty, integrity, honor. Those things are never really talked about or put on plaques. They are just lived.
These are just a few, and I expect I will expound in the future. For those of you who may be reading: What are common attributes of the people you admire?
Dr. Homer Lee Higdon, III came into my life when I was in middle school. He was like an older brother to me. He was always a great story teller and had a big smile and personality. Everyone he came into contact with was sure to remember Lee. We lost touch over the years I was in college and starting my career, but fortunately reconnected about 5 years ago through Facebook.
He was in Okeechobee, FL looking at a ranch at the same time I was in the area. His wife, Michelle, saw a post I made and invited me over. They were closing on the ranch that morning, so I was on the ranch the first day they owned it. We spent several hours riding around the property and visiting. It was like we had never lost touch. Details are still vivid in my mind.
Lee's life was tragically cut short on that same ranch in the fall of 2016. I had spoken to him just days before. My wife and I were getting married a few weeks later and he and I had planned to have a big time at the wedding. His passing really hit me hard.
Lee loved to mentor young people. In his obituary, it mentioned his favorite book to reference was "I Dare You" by William Danforth, which shares a philosophy of fourfold living. Danforth was the founder of Ralston Purina. He believed that a balanced "square" puts equal importance on the Mental, Social, Physical and Spiritual parts of your life.
I recently read this book, and I can say Lee definitely was one of the "Kingly 1%" that the book challenges readers to aspire towards. I highly recommend everyone read this book. It is a bit old, but the principles are true no matter what. I plan on buying copies to keep with me and give to young people.
Since Lee's passing, I have tried to keep his memory alive through my interactions with others. I am a bit of an introvert, so it takes practice. I want to emulate the things that made everyone love Lee. While I'm not quite there, I am still trying daily. Although Lee is no longer on this earth, I know without a doubt I will see him again in Glory.
Miss you, HLH.
In Memory of
Homer Lee Higdon
August 6, 1966 - September 17, 2016
CENTRAL, SC - Homer "Lee" Higdon III, Ph.D. of Central, S.C., passed away Saturday evening, September 17, 2016, as a result of injuries received in an accident on the family ranch in Okeechobee, Fla.
Lee has been a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and is survived by his wife, Michelle, and children Guy and Gail Higdon, as well as his parents Homer and Joyce Higdon and sister Robyn Shepherd of Rockport, Texas.
Lee is also survived by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law Doreen and Mike Lowe, brother-in-law Gene Seawright, nieces Savannah Shepherd, Rachael Lowe, Katie Lowe, and nephews Cody Lee Shepherd, Jacob Lowe, Aethan Seawright and Ben Seawright.
To say that Lee had a positive impact in his 50 years that the Lord shared him with us would be an understatement. Lee spent his life in service to Jesus, his family and to all of his friends. Much of his time was spent thinking about others and what he could do to make their lives better.
His servant's heart extended from his passion for the agriculture industry, teaching youth to appreciate and raise livestock and working with residents in research at Greenville Health System. He was quick to listen and share advice and was a cowboy philosopher in every sense of the word.
Lee and his family are members of East Clemson Baptist church, where Lee was Chairman of Deacons and active in the choir. He also taught Vacation Bible School as well as went on mission trips. Lee grew up on ranches in Oklahoma and Texas and, as he would tell you, it was an ideal boyhood straight out of the pages of Huckleberry Finn.
He learned to ride, rope and raise cattle and got to hunt and fish when he had time. He took that love of livestock and outdoors and majored in Animal Science at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. He later received his Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the same institution. He furthered his education with a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology at Clemson University. His education led Lee to a career in human reproduction.
Lee's professional career in human reproduction and research has been an amazing journey. He has been a 17-year employee with the Greenville Health system, where he affected many lives with his knowledge, quick wit and sometimes his counsel.
During his tenure, Lee authored or co-authored 118 research abstracts and articles. In addition, Lee was a Professor with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Assistant Professor for the Medical University of South Carolina in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Clemson University in Animal & Veterinary Sciences and in Mathematical Sciences.
Lee's true joy was sharing his experience and knowledge to guide young people to find their calling in life. His favorite book to reference was "I Dare You" by William Danforth, which shared a philosophy of fourfold living: Stand tall, Think tall, Smile tall, and Live tall. During his life he selflessly mentored several high school students, over 26 undergraduate and/or graduate students, as well as 23 medical students and residents.
Visitation will be held at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central, S.C., on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 6 to 8 pm. The body will lay in state at East Clemson Baptist Church in Clemson, S.C., on Friday, September 23, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., with funeral services from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lee will be laid to rest during a graveside service in Parrish, Fla., on Monday, September 26, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Fortner Cemetery.
I have various random thoughts that I may share on here in written form, photos, vlogs, book recommendations, travel tips, products I like, etc. I'm not 100% sure where this will lead to, and/or if anyone really cares what goes on inside my mind. Basically, it will be a catch all of things that come to mind. I will try to keep updated as things come to mind, but I'm not guaranteeing anything as to the frequency and timeliness of posts. Until then, stay tuned...