Jun 30, 2014
For years, an old gentleman living outside San Antonio invited his city doctor to visit his property and enjoy the wonderful hunting. After three vacation trips to the ranch, during which he hunted without ever seeing anything to kill, the tanned, healthy doctor said to his host: “Why do you...Read more +
Jun 23, 2014
Imagine a dense fog blanketing seven city blocks to a depth of one hundred feet. All that fog condensed, scientists say, fills one single water tumbler. And there's a picture of worry: in the heat of fear and anxiety, a half glass of worry expands to cloud everything in our...Read more +
Jun 14, 2014
In World War II, General Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the Allied Forces. He oversaw D-Day. Later, he was president of the United States. Eisenhower knew something about being a leader. And he could be blunt in his definitions. He said: "You do not lead by hitting people over the head—that's...Read more +
Jun 10, 2014
I love the book of Proverbs with its 31 chapters . . . perfect for reading a chapter a day, month after month, year after year. This mighty collection of small sayings never fails to yield rich wisdom—much of it about our workdays. Just listen: A man of understanding holds...Read more +
Jun 2, 2014
In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first freely elected president of South Africa. Before that, he spent 27 years in prison for his struggle against apartheid. Apartheid was South Africa's system to separate the races. The whites had their laws. The blacks had different laws. From prison, Nelson Mandela became...Read more +
May 25, 2014
The philosopher Kierkegard gives us a great lesson for life. A flock of geese lived together in a courtyard. Once a week, they gathered in a corner of the yard. An eloquent member of their group mounted the fence to tell the wondrous legacy of their forefathers, who mounted on...Read more +
May 18, 2014
From 1916 to 1939, Justice Louis Brandeis sat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Once, right before the start of an important trial, Justice Brandeis took a short vacation—and drew heavy criticism for it. But Brandeis delivered an excellent defense. “I need rest,” he said. “I find that I can do...Read more +
May 11, 2014
Doctors discovered cancer in Linda’s mother, and it spread like fire. Six months later, she was dying. Linda had children of her own now, but facing the loss of her mother brought deep regrets for the times she had fallen short as a daughter. “Mom,” she said through her tears,...Read more +
May 4, 2014
Matt Damon plays the title role in the movie Good Will Hunting . At one point, Will's therapist challenges him to accept his math genius and use it. But Will resists. He says, "I don't see anything wrong with laying brick; that's somebody's home I'm building. Or fixing somebody's car;...Read more +
Apr 27, 2014
In the late 1960s, when national headlines were full of reaction and dissent, historian Daniel Boorstin drew a line between the words dissent and disagreement. “Disagreement prompts debate,” Mr. Boorstin said. “Dissent means to pull apart from the others. People who disagree can still stand together. Dissenters walk away. Disagreement...Read more +

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