5 Reasons Why We Embrace Chaos

A friend of mine once said, “Chaos is my friend!” While he was kidding, I could sense that there was a part of him that relished multitasking a hundred things at the same time. It was almost like a game for him; a game he thought he played well.

Photo courtesy of  istockphoto.com

Chaos is not Your friend!

One of the main reasons people avoid creating a life plan is because they have become comfortable with chaos. This manifests itself in 5 different ways. 

Be Described A Gentleman

Image of Ronald Reagan in a tan suit walking and waving to the crowd. The president would always be described as a gentleman.

Photo courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library

Be Described a Gentleman is an excerpt from Lead Like Reagan, Principles of Dynamic Leadership
In doing research for my book on the leadership style of Ronald Reagan, time and time again I recognized in Reagan some of the same strengths and attributes I saw in my father, James Scanlon. They were both gentlemen.

Those who were closest to Ronald Reagan are very consistent in the words they choose to describe the type of person he was, and the type of person he was not. There seems to be a wide consensus of what Ronald Reagan was not, by those who worked with him, wrote about him, protected him, fought for him, and lived with him. Ronald Reagan was:

You’re Never Too Old to Lead

Imagine that you are Ronald Reagan when he was 65 years old. You have just spent the last 20 years of your life dedicated to implementing a policy of political leadership that you believe will help your country and the world. All of your efforts to touch hearts and garner support for your vision comes down to a single vote at the national convention in 1976. The vote is 1,187 to 1,070 … and you lose.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan holding hands and smiling at Camp David
Ronald Reagan at Camp David with Nancy Reagan, Photo courtesy of Ronald Reagan Library

Smile When They Say You’re Too Old to Lead

Excerpt from Lead Like Reagan – Principles of Dynamic Leadership:
One of my favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson is when he said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, but by his acts.’ And ever since he told me that…

                           – Ronald Reagan, Annual Salute to Congress Dinner, February 1981.

Losing the Primary at Age 65

This is what happened to Ronald Reagan. He had just lost the convention vote to be the nominee for president of the United States to incumbent president Gerald Ford. He was 65 years old and had the financial security to retire in style. He had a large family, lots of friends, good health and many interests. He loved to spend time on his beautiful ranch in California, riding horses and working chores. I often wonder if Ronald Reagan was tempted to ride off into the sunset and spend the rest of his days in well-earned retirement.



As cabinet members and advisors debated various issues, there was a reason why Ronald Reagan reached for the jellybeans.

It was Reagan’s management style to listen to his advisors argue all sides of an issue. With no shortage of egos among these strong-willed and talented people, things could sometimes get heated during these discussions and debates. At these moments, Reagan was likely to sift through the assorted jellybeans searching for his favorite flavor, licorice.

Scanlon Country Inn Breakfast Menu

The Scanlon Country Inn … where smiles abound!

Please review the menu below, and use the accompanying pen and pad to make your selection:

Hmmm … Doughnuts!  

Select from the following doughnuts:

  • Jelly filled,
  • Cinnamon,
  • Round cake doughnut with white icing, or
  • A sampling of all of the above.

Thin Sliced Multigrain Bread 

A favorite of the Europeans who stay at the Scanlon Inn. Topped with Strawberry/Blackberry Jelly, this toasted treat is sure to please.

Sliced Banana ala Lita

Dusted slightly with pure sugar cane, this breakfast item comes with your daily requirement for potassium to start a healthy day!

M-Grape’s Oatmeal! 

Not just ordinary oatmeal mind you, but prepared by the head chef at the Scanlon Inn. Straight from the Quaker with just the right amount of butter, sprinkled ever so lightly with imported sugar.


Rather than make our cereal from scratch, The Scanlon Inn cereal special features Oatmeal Squares with baked in cinnamon, straight from the bakery (served with the finest Grade A Whole Milk)

Greek Yogurt

The finest quality yogurt with 2 flavors to choose from: Vanilla or Strawberry


The beverages featured at The Scanlon Inn include the following selection to start your morning in style:

  • Grade A Whole White Milk served in a chilled glass.
  • The finest selection of Coffees from around the world.
  • Tropicana 50 Orange Juice (Reducing the sugar/Enhancing the taste)
  • White Grape Juice from the Welch Family
  • Apple Juice, served chilled in a rock glass
  • Filtered Water

Please alert your server when your selections are made.

And enjoy your stay at the Scanlon Country Inn!


Welcome to Camp Scanny!


Camp Scanny 2015: A Scavenger Hunt of Activity!

Camp Scanny 2015 is currently full. For those of you who would like to participate in Camp Scanny 2016, please check back in February of next year.

If you received your treasure chest … 

If you received your treasure chest, welcome aboard matey! We are hoping for good weather as we set sail through a day of fun activities.  Click here for more information.



Care Less about What the NY Times Says

Care Less about What the New York Times Says






“The best sign that our economic program is working is that they don’t call it Reaganomics anymore.”

– Ronald Reagan on several occasions.

Many people attribute Ronald Reagan’s success to the fact that he was one of the few politicians in recent history who really didn’t care what his critics wrote about him. Reagan was relatively unconcerned with the opinions of the reporters and editorialists who covered his political career.

He understood that a free press was vital to a healthy democracy. By his own account, from a very young age, Reagan was a voracious reader. He did not isolate himself from other people’s thoughts and opinions. On the contrary, Reagan relished open debate on every issue.

However, his background as a broadcaster, actor, union leader, apeaker, and