Mar 2, 2015
After games, sportswriter Gay Talese would rather visit the loser’s locker room than the winner’s. Not because he loves failures, Talese said, but because he’s fascinated with people who rise from the floor. Some years ago, Talese profiled boxing champion Floyd Patterson. In 1960, Patterson had recaptured his lost title—the...Read more +
Feb 22, 2015
Thirty years after his last march in a college band, parade enthusiast Fred Diaz took a big step. Soon after 9/11, he said, “This is my calling, this is my time,” and he formed the Alamo City Community Marching Band. Unlike Fred’s college days, this band was for adults. Adults...Read more +
Feb 16, 2015
Ray left teaching at age forty to attend graduate school. Money was tight, and he worked part-time at the city’s baseball stadium. Ray had twice pitched his team to the College World Series championship, but now picking up trash and cleaning mounds had little to do with his past glories...Read more +
Feb 9, 2015
Ann was indignant. Near tears. She’d answered a client’s question. She meant to help her boss and show speed. Her boss, however, was furious. He believed Ann had overstepped her bounds. Adding fuel to the fire, all communication was by email. Neither could see the other’s point. No smiley-face icon...Read more +
Feb 2, 2015
Author Philip Yancey tells of two peacemakers approaching a group of Polish Christians 10 years after World War II. They asked the Poles to meet with other Christians from West Germany. The German group wanted forgiveness for its nation’s deeds in the war. The Poles hesitated and said, “No. We...Read more +
Jan 25, 2015
At her new job, Sue quickly caught on to the daily lunch conversation: barbecued bosses with a side of cut-up coworkers. In a situation like that, what does a new person do? Sue tried changing the subject—but gossip is a weed with deep roots. Eventually, quietly, Sue pulled away from...Read more +
Jan 18, 2015
It made no sense. Jim had worked at the company longer. He worked hard. And another guy gets promoted! What a blow. Jim gave himself time to stew … and, yes, he indulged in self-pity. Then he consulted a wise friend. Jim set an appointment with his manager. In that...Read more +
Jan 11, 2015
He started in newspaper work. The Kansas City Star . But things quickly turned sour, and he was fired. Fired? Why? Because, his boss said, he lacked creativity. Well, the man fired that day was none other than Walt Disney. Mr. Creativity himself. And here’s another irony: years later, the...Read more +
Jan 4, 2015
In the 1300s, a merchant guild built a magnificent cathedral in Coventry, England. Its chapels honored different vocations. Coventry Cathedral was bombed in World War II. When a new church was built alongside the ruins, engraved panels replaced the chapels. One reads: Hallowed be Thy Name in Industry: God be...Read more +
Dec 28, 2014
There’s an old saying: “You can’t choose your family, so be glad you can choose your friends.” Well, what about your coworkers? I’d say coworkers are like family. On some level, you’re stuck with them and have to make the best of it. They may feel the same about you...Read more +