On Reflection...

#TodayByChy … Keeping It Orange!

By Tony McLean Brown | March 17, 2023

Daily Words of Wisdom by Chy Davidson Chy Davidson, Public Consulting Group & all around great human As many of you know, I’m a BIG fan of Chy Davidson.  He is a remarkable human with an inspiring story ranging from the National Football League (NFL) through the twist and turns of K-12 public education.  Everyday…

Happy International Women’s Day

By Tony McLean Brown | March 8, 2023

Hey Old Dudes Move the Hell Over …   As many of ya’ll know, I’ve written about strong badass women on @LinkedIn and on the HappyGuide blog since the early 2000s. The list is too long to type of women who have help shape my life. BUT #1 goes to my momma, Phyllis Penley Patton.…

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Happy (Guide) Holidays 2022!

By Tony McLean Brown | December 18, 2022

So, here’s what we know you all have been waiting for … Kelli’s amazing 2022 Happy (Guide) Holiday Video: HOLY NIGHT HAS THIS BEEN A CRAZY YEAR!? When folks ask Kelli and me how things are going, we open with our friend Dan’s tag line, “Fortunate & Grateful.”  It’s both a meditative and honest response. …

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Happy Farmers’ High

By Tony McLean Brown | September 19, 2022

Barnstock will Match Your $5 donation to Farm Aid! Click Here to Donate WHAT:  FUND RAISER FOR FARM AID Barnstock Charities will MATCH your $5 Donation* to FARM AID *$5 is the average cost of a Texas Torpedo WHY: WILLIE NELSON’S FARM AID 2022  NC Institute for Emerging Issues and Farm Aid have partnered to…

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A Mystery to Be Lived

By Tony McLean Brown | August 9, 2022

A Happy Guide Book Report I LOVE THIS DAMN BOOK! If this was Amazon or Goodreads, I give it a 5 STAR book review. BUT, this blog is not a book review. I’m submitting to you my BOOK REPORT. Think Mrs. Williams 8th Grade class at Sand Hill Middle School. Imagine me in front of…

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By Tony McLean Brown | July 27, 2022

Excellent, check out this quote by Sam Berns (1996 – 2014) when he was a junior in high school … “As I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy.” Sam had a rare disease called progeria that took his life at 17.  HBO did a series on him entitled, “Life According to Sam.” …

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Speak Up! The Willy Way

By Tony McLean Brown | June 29, 2022

Three things have happened in my life to generate this Happy Guide blog post: 1 Kelli and I just read “The Tao of Willie – A Guide to Happiness in Your Heart.” 2 Roe vs Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court while NC State University just celebrated 50 years of Title IX 3 I…


Happy Patriots’ Day

By Tony McLean Brown | April 20, 2022

When quitting is not an option… How I Celebrate Patriots’ Day All month long, it has been fun and warming to learn of the traditions of PCG folks all around the world.  April is one of the best holiday months of the year starting with April Fools’ Day, including several religious days, and many other…

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Happy to Help

By Tony McLean Brown | March 31, 2022

Doing Business During War – Three Dots to Connect If you are reading this post, then I expect you have heard of PCG and our work across the globe helping governments help their most vulnerable populations.  It’s hard work, but it’s about to get much harder. Over the past 35 years, PCG has expanded to all…