My Dear Mother, as a mere youth of 12 years old, used to swim in Al Capone’s pool at 93 Palm Avenue, on Palm Island, Miami, Florida… back in the mid twenties and thrities…. until my Grandfather’s unexpected death, at the age of 38, in 1932.… as she and my grandparents, lived just a few doors down from Capone. Her Father, Walter A. Kohlhepp, was the Director of Finance – Miami Beach, and then later associated with Carl Fisher, who together, built Palm Island, Star Island, Hibiscus, and Fisher Islands, etc. in the middle of Biscayne Bay. My Grandfather, and Capone, lived just doors from each other on “Palm Island.” And later, where Richard Nixon had his “Winter White House.”
My other Grandfather was MP Lehman, who was the “high sheriff,” of Dade County, and once raided Al Capone’s house on Palm Island, and was noted to have “interrogated” Al Capone. They were “big-muckety-mucks” in those days of the “roaring twenties.” And, you know, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree. So… there you have it… my claim to fame.
And… for some reason… as a “kid growing up,” (me…. Being a “kid from Miami”) and later as an adult…. Some people thought that I was associated with “the mob.” This scenario describes the “association” in complete detail. My ties with The Mob, and Big Government…. Are very limited…. And, that’s my story… and I’m sticking to it.
My point here… is, for some reason, I’ve had an association with Law Enforcement for nearly 40 years, and also, the field of Finance, and “Real Estate” development, as well. My experience in Law Enforcement is very limited to being a “State Constable” for 40 years, and my experience in Finance, and Real Estate, has been a “serious commitment” for my entire adult career, spanning some 55 years.
This bit of background…. The serious part of it, that is….is to give some clarification and certification that I have been “around the tree” a few times, enough so, that I can give some “purdy good advice” from many years of experience. Hence…my website…BrOOKS-of-WISDOM and my daily postings (same information) on LinkedIn.
I take this responsibility…very serious. I write, and dispense advice… from the heart, and with “scriptural support,” that for some… has been an invaluable tool….thanks be to God. I feel, too, that I have a “connection” with God. Through Matthew 28:18, He has COMMISSIOND me to “go about” doing His work. We all… have that same commission. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” God is not “just talking to me,” but to YOU, as well.
Not everyone can yield to Jesus… when He says, as in found in Mark 1:17-18 – And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” It took me 50 years to realize that He was talking to me through that very verse. I’m tell you…NOW, Today, that He’s talking to you, too. Maybe YOU can get a head start on “following Him.”
I take pride in sharing with you…that today, I’ve been blessed with the same… loving bride…. For 56 years. Thank you God. …Blessings…cjlb… 8/1/15.