Where Am I Going?

During the 1890s, Oliver Wendell Holmes was the chief justice of the Supreme Court. One day he was traveling on a train and had all of his papers spread out on the seat across from him, next to him, and even on the floor. He was totally consumed...

May 11, 2016

Reputation derives its principal support from success. (George Washington, American Revolutionary War general and 1st president of the United States) Washington’s quote must be taken in context, of course. He was likely thinking of the tremendous...

May 10, 2016

A House is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. (Benjamin Franklin, early American writer of proverbs) A responsible parent or guardian does everything possible to provide for the health of his family by...

If It Stinks, Why Do I Roll in It?

Why do my dogs think they need to roll in manure or decaying animal carcass? What can they be thinking? Is there something therapeutic in the oils of a decaying animal? I don’t have a good answer. But neither do I have an answer for why I...

#4 – Flagship 1 Gets a Name

In 1936, Kiichiro Toyoda was granted a license to build cars and trucks in Japan, but the company’s name would not exactly reflect the family name. The number of strokes required to write the name “Toyoda” in Japanese is eight—which in Japanese...

May 9, 2016

One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. (Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani, youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate) When we look at some of the problems in our world, such as illiteracy or poverty, we often hope for some kind of...

May 8, 2016

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. (Andrew Jackson, 7th USA president) Jackson played a major role at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, so his advice is worth heeding. Gathering...

May 7, 2016

Flattery is the worst drug of all for some people. (Dr. Henry Cloud, self-help author) Everyone likes to hear kind things said about them. But Dr. Cloud warns: “Don’t get addicted to hearing only what you want to hear.” Flattery can be...

May 6, 2016

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie . . . but the myth. (John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States. Kennedy wrote that it’s not the “deliberate, contrived, and dishonest” fabrication we should fear but the...

The Penalty of Leadership

The following are excerpts from a newspaper advertisement run by the Cadillac Motor Company in 1915: “The Penalty of Leadership In every field of human endeavor, he that is first must perpetually live in the white light of publicity. Whether the...

May 5, 2016

Men who cannot be silent will not say anything when they talk. (A.W. Tozer, author) Some people have the “gift of gab,” as we say. They talk easily and often. One thought leads to another, and their listeners are likely to tune them out. It’s not...

May 4, 2016

Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it. (Phyllis Bottome, British novelist and short story writer) Truth sometimes hurts. When we’re faced with the consequences of our mistakes...

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