March 25, 2016

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. (Margaret Mead, 20th century cultural anthropologist) Here are two important principles. First, each person is different from every other person. He or she is, indeed...

March 24, 2016

I never dreamed about success; I worked for it. (Estée Lauder, late cosmetic leader) Athletes dream of being inducted into their sports hall of fame. Actors covet an Oscar or Emmy. Business people fantasize about earning their first million...

March 23, 2016

[There] is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people. (George H. W. Bush, 41st U.S. president) English writer Lord Acton famously said, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But William Gaddis wrote, “Power...

Don’t Just Sip—Dive In!

Charlie and Wally have access to streams for refreshing drinks of water. They don’t stand on the edge and lap up the water—they dive in. If the water is not too deep, they lay down in it and drink without even lowering their heads. (Stand back...

March 22, 2016

You learn something every day you pay attention. (Ray LeBlond, author and communicator) It is often said that you learn something new every day. But LeBlond is probably more accurate; you learn only if you’re paying attention. Any student...

March 21, 2016

What a grand world this would be if we all did as well today as we expect to do tomorrow! (Anon.) Like the song in the play Annie, tomorrow is always the hope for better things no matter how bad everything might seem today. Some of us put off...

March 20, 2016

The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernhard Shaw, 19th-20th centuries Irish playwright) It happens way too often, doesn’t it? We leave someone, thinking we have communicated our...

March 19, 2016

Do not depend upon teachers to educate you … follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely. . . (Will Durant, 20th century American historian and philosopher) Durant goes on to say, “In the end, education, like happiness, is...

March 18, 2016

Much wants more and loses all. (Aesop’s Fables) How much is enough? For a lot of people it seems that there is never enough—enough money to buy what we want; enough time to do all we want. Aesop is telling us that when we continue to want more...

Desert Pete: Prime the Pump

A traveler going through the Arizona desert was overcome with thirst. He had almost given up all hope when he came upon a water pump that had a note on the handle. The note read: “This pump is all right as of June 1962. I put a new washer in it...

March 17, 2016

If a man wants to read good books, he must make a point of avoiding bad ones. (Arthur Schopenhauer, 18th century German philosopher) His reason: “Life is short, and time and energy limited,” he said. That’s good advice for more than just the...

The “God-Proving” Patent

Getting it wrong: A mechanical device to prove there is a God: U.S. Pat. #1087186 Getting it right: “He [Jesus] is a light to reveal God to the nations.” Luke 2:31 (NLT)   On March 22, 1909, Socrates Scholfield of Providence, Rhode Island...

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