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A farmer and his neighbor argued over a wandering cow. The neighbor stomped off—and the farmer kept his neighbor's cow. The two men quit speaking to each other.
The neighbor then took his tractor and turned the pond that the men shared into a stream dividing their farms. The farmer retaliated by hiring a carpenter to build a fence so...
A recent study by sociologist, Scott Coltran claims that when parents do chores at home alongside their children, the children cooperate better at school. They understand that in a group, everyone plays a part. And the child feels his own work is more important.
This picture of a parent and child at work together contains a second lesson. When...
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 assault, not leadership."
Dr. Charley Gordon is a brain surgeon and author of In Plain Sight. One day, walking the halls of UCLA Medical Center, he spotted a worn, black-and-white photo of the hospital’s founding fathers. Near it was a sticky note: "If you can identify any of these people, call Marge at extension one-two-two."
"Think of it,...
A friend of mine grew up in a great foster family. As an adult, she wanted to know about her earlier childhood with abusive parents—and looked up her files.
That's when a surprising hero emerged. Years before, meeting after meeting, the caseworker had typed meticulous reports. Caseworkers are often overworked and unsung, wondering if...
One day a boy walked into a drugstore and asked to use the phone. He dialed a number and said, "Dr. Brown, do you need a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?" He listened, then said, "Oh, you have a boy you like? All right, thank you."
When the youngster hung up, the druggist said, "Just a minute, son! I can give you work...
The English writer, Dorothy Sayers, made an interesting comment about Jesus’s carpentry:
The Mediterranean diet is a popular, healthy eating plan. Olive oil is central to this diet. Now olive trees most often grow in marginal areas, like rocky hillsides, unsuited to other crops. While olive trees may prefer good soil, they are quite hardy and do well under stressful conditions.
In fact, a Greek friend of mine believes that the more...
If you want to improve your mind, take a walk. The medical journal Neurology released a study that shows walking helps delay some of the worst ravages of aging—both for body and mind. Just as important, the study suggests that exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous to be rewarding.
Henry David Thoreau said when his legs began to...
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You Can Hide Under God's Desk
When I was a young boy, one of my favorite photos was a picture of John Kennedy, Jr., hiding under his father's desk. Of course, his father was the President of the United States and the desk was in... Read More +