Dec 14, 2003
Years ago, a taxi driver in Washington D.C. told me this story about his son. Three years before, dissatisfied with public school, his son asked his father if he could go to a prep school in New York. To humor the eager boy, his dad agreed to finance an entrance...Read more +
Nov 30, 2003
An old poem called “The Bridge” tells about an elderly man walking on a lone highway one evening. He reaches a fierce stream and crosses it unafraid. Then, instead of going on, he turns around and builds a bridge across it. “Old man,” an observer says, “it’s late. Why span...Read more +
Nov 16, 2003
Bob Fraley, one of the top track and field coaches in America, faced a critical career decision. After twenty-three years at Fresno State, the school was eliminating track and field. Fraley's response? He'd work for free to save it from the chopping block. Bob's track program was spared. But not...Read more +
Nov 9, 2003
Business pages headline business mistakes. But just as noteworthy is how people recover from them. Pearl S. Buck once wrote, “Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” To err is common. To respond well sets us apart. Do we...Read more +
Nov 2, 2003
The Peanuts comic strip was deceptively simple and always entertaining. It was also the creation of Charles Schulz, a family man. When asked where he got his ideas, Schulz admitted that some of his best lines came straight from home. One evening at dinner, his young daughter was too talkative...Read more +
Oct 26, 2003
Peggy Wehmeyer was network television’s first religion correspondent. In seven years on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Peggy covered presidents, prisoners, and news makers of every faith. Her work drew honors and accolades. To avoid bias, she worked hard to present all sides and pierce to the truth...Read more +
Oct 19, 2003
My pastor, Charles Johnson, tells of a farmer named Herman who needed to relocate his barn. The only way to move the building 110 feet was to dismantle the barn and rebuild it on the new site. Herman dreaded the task. Herman’s neighbors caught wind of his dilemma. They came...Read more +
Oct 12, 2003
A young girl had died from cancer, and her funeral was jammed with schoolmates and family friends. The pastor had known the child well; and when the time came to speak, he clearly had something to say. He walked to the podium and paused. Then he punctured the silence with...Read more +
Sep 28, 2003
Vince Lombardi was a football coach who led his Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships. He was a stern disciplinarian who hated to lose. Sometime in the 1960s, after a hard-fought victory, Lombardi was asked what winning meant to him. "Winning isn’t everything," he said, "but wanting to win...Read more +
Sep 21, 2003
Bob was a route salesman for Dr Pepper. He shared a story about my dad’s early days as head of a growing grocery chain. Bob set up special displays in those stores. When my dad was in the same store as Bob, he’d walk over, take a soda, and visit...Read more +