Welcome to Blowin’ My Own Horn, a compilation of observations and learnings that I have made over the more than six-and-a-half decades of living currently under my belt (right next to the results of six-and-a-half decades of poor eating habits that also reside under my belt).
Blowin’ My Own Horn topics range from politics, life observations, my beliefs about the relationship between here and the hereafter, and some rants and laughs. I describe some unique experiences I’ve had, especially as connected to my health and survival (so far).
Hopefully, the blog is thought provoking and even more hopefully it will be response provoking as well. If you think I may be onto something, let me know. If you think I am way off base, let me know that too. If everyone agrees with me, I will know that I am a reporter of the obvious just wasting my time and yours.
Feel free to let me know one way or t’other in the Comments segment and/or directly at email@example.com.
Let me dispel one potential misinterpretation up front. I am not a musician; I don’t know how to play any horn. When I blow a horn, random, senseless sounds come out. So be forewarned. Blowin’ My Own Horn may not be pretty, but it will always be honest.
Jim C. Ash
©2016 James Ash
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Baby Boomer, Born in 1951 in Stamford, CT (Had no choice)
Public Schools: Springdale Elementary, Dolan Jr. High, Stamford High - Class of 1969 (Solid public school education)
Parents: James Frederick Ash (1921-1965) and Dorothy Johnson Ash (1923 - 2011) (Dad died too soon, Mom suffered too long without him)
Attended Virginia Polytechnic Institution - 1969-70 (A big mistake)
Graduated Central Connecticut State College (now University) 1970-73 B.S. English Secondary Education and Philosophy (double major) cum laude
Fairfield University 1977-80 M.A. Corporate and Political Communications
Married 1974 to Doris Mae Plourde, Brunswick, ME (Still married. Who knows, might last after all)
English Teacher at Stamford High 1974-79 (In the days of Welcome Back Kotter - my students actually called themselves "sweathogs")
Changed Careers and Became a Father in the Same Week, September 1979, Daughter Lauren Diane
Father again, February 1983 Son Thomas Carl
Client Communications Specialist, Marsh & McLennan, Incorporated, New York 1979-96, left as Managing Director
Managing Director Communications - Strategic Account Management (SAM) Aon Risk Services, New York 1996-2005 (Recruited from Marsh)
Director Client Communications, Integro Insurance Brokers, New York, 2005-07 (Recruited to help launch start up brokerage company - Fun!)
Semi-retired to Orrs Island, Harpswell, ME 2007-15 (My "hermit" period)
Grandfather as of December 2014 (The hands-down best job I've ever had!)
Co-owner with Doris of the world's most spectacular dog, Charley 2010 (He's the absolute best)
Retired, Westport, CT 2015 to date (
Survivor, (so far)
Hit by car 1956
Coronary Angioplasty 1998
World Trade Center Disaster 2001
Prostate Cancer 2005
Double By-pass Surgery 2015
Malignant tumor on left kidney - kidney removed, tumor and all 2018
Lifelong Liberal Democrat (One of two in all of Marsh. Fortunately the other one was Chairman)
Decent sense of humor (Would be better without the puns I'm told)
Blogger (e.g., a writer without any other outlet)
Friend of many
Enemy of few
Not as boring than as this summary might indicate
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