Friday, May 30, 2008


The emergence or perception of good from bad can usually be traced directly to one’s viewpoint, and as it turns out, is inevitable. Each incident may be viewed innumerable ways. Each of us is different from the other.

There is symmetry to cause. Every life form is the real time product of all its experiences. The origination of a thing contains within its integral core, its ending. That which is without beginning or end can be called the architect of cause but not a thing.

To focus on a thing gives it life. Ultimately we go where we place our attention. Often we realize we’re there when we least expect it.

There are many names for soul. All life rightfully expresses itself as it sees fit.

I say our problems are love’s chrysalis.


Monday, May 12, 2008


Some ladies are always talking. Missy is like that. She has something to say about everything. She came into this life with tough physical issues. There are days, the weight of the world hangs on her. It breaks my heart to feel her pain. I can see it in her eyes.

Then, there are the other days. Those days are special beyond compare. Those are the times, the times that make everything else worthwhile. When I look into her eyes, I see how much she enjoys life. There's joy there from all the love that surrounds her.

Now when Missy talks, her buddy Mac listens. He knows how she feels and he returns her love. Sometimes it hurts, but he doesn't care...he's always there with love for her.

There are times we all need comforting...comfort that comes from one of our own kind. Then we know, we're all here for each other. All life lives on love. There can be no greater love than being there for each other.

Thursday, May 8, 2008


So much is available so quickly these days, just a few quick clicks or key strokes and...voila!

Misinformation seems inevitable. How is one to know what's right and what's not? We're not seeking the ultimate truth here -- only one version. No man is wrong in how he sees truth. Truth can be found in the eye of the beholder.

Misinformation usually starts innocently enough. Someone expresses their opinion about something, something they may not know a whole lot about. Another person reacts to a bad experience and instead of accepting responsibility, points the finger at an innocent or benign issue. It's human nature to talk about things. Sometimes we talk about things we know very little about -- things we don't have a lot of first hand experience with. But we go ahead and express out opinions about them anyway.

Once something's written down, broadcast or published, more people talk about it and pass it on. Nowadays, things often get written down and published on the web without independent "experienced" eyes reviewing, contesting or advising on content. Before long, several more folks have read, copied, rewritten and published it again. The next thing you know, it's been institutionalized. It can be as wrong as a bad hair day, but there you have it.

My ole pappy used to say..."the best lessons learned are the ones learned the hard way." So be it. I guess we all sport our fair share of scars. But not everything we learn must come hard. Still, sometimes is seems some folks just don't know another way.

Masochism can quickly turn to a self-professing legacy. Lots of folks are into being victims. The world these days is full of victims. I should know, I held its standard high for far too long. Taking responsibility can be immediately painful and personal. Pushing it off and pointing the finger spreads the blame around – for awhile. It lets us suffer publicly (often in sweet consolation and pity) without assuming the blame. Regardless of author or actors, the Law of Equal and Opposites eventually wins the day. As it turns out, time is just an illusion. Everything lives on love. All beings and all things are in continuous symmetry.

Being a walking talking dichotomy, I've learned I really shouldn't point a finger, unless of course I wet it first and stick it in the air. One never really knows which way the wind blows until you take that first shot. Or, like my ole pappy used to say..."the first liar doesn't have a chance."

Hopefully, as this blog develops, we'll get more input from other self-proclaimed "know-it-alls" so visitors won't have to listen to one lonely voice of symbolic reason.

Every since those hazy days in the '60s in Vietnam on R & R while enduring my first pub crawl with a few of my wiry Aussie friends, I learned its fun sometimes to brawl -- especially among friends. Fights with friends can be healthy and VERY EDUCATIONAL as long as things don't get too personal. If you respect your adversary and work your eyes, ears, and mind as hard as your mouth, you might just pick up a thing are two. The heart has to stay open though. That's the most important thing.

The object of this blog will be getting at small portions of the truth -- at least as it exists for many of us. We'll focus on lessons learned in wood flooring from those who've been doing it a very long time. We'll muse on experiences, real life and real time. There are few things in life as interesting or as educational as a good story well told, especially when related first hand. Opinions are of course important, but as the man said..."opinions are like *******s, everybody's got one and they're always personal, so they're often best kept to ourselves."

Don Bollinger

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Welcome to WoodFloorPro!

Hopefully this site serves a bigger better purpose than just providing a podium for my commentaries, commotions and all 'round general goings on.

I've been writing and teaching all about wood flooring for more than 30 years. In their favor and indulgence along the way, beginners, trades folk, professional wood flooring contractors and my many thousands of flooring clients have generously acquiesced to my rantings. More importantly, they've generously shared their ideas, opinions and experiences molding me into the creature and teacher (for better or worse) that I am today.

That said, I thought it about time to create a blog. Here, I hope to finally find the answers to wood flooring and real life related questions stated in absolute and complete candor, without fear of censure (mostly from self-imposed regimens); ponder possibilities (of new products, features and techniques) bandied about by the (often deep-pocketed) marketeers; speak of ideas, techniques and methodologies (old and new); and finally to tell a few stories, mostly relate first hand experiences but also share with you some of those shared with me from those I know who work (or have worked) in the trade.

Don Bollinger