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 +
Sep 14, 2003
It was the beginning of a nationally televised NBA playoff game. Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gilbert was set to sing the national anthem. And she promptly forgot the words! Maurice Cheeks, coach of the Portland Trailblazers, walked over, put his arm around Natalie and began to sing. Soon the entire audience joined...Read more +
Aug 10, 2003
In 1941, Sergeant Ward, of the Royal Air Force, climbed out on the wing of his Wellington bomber. At 13,000 feet, he had only a rope tied to his waist. He smothered the starboard-engine fire and returned to the aircraft cabin. When Winston Churchill summoned Ward to No. 10 Downing...Read more +
Aug 3, 2003
Joan was a new volunteer in a major hospital ER. She didn’t expect a standing ovation—but sometime during that first rough evening, she expected someone to thank her. But no one did. Amid victims of shootings, drug overdoses, construction accidents, and car wrecks—she was ignored. In the crowded halls and...Read more +
Jul 13, 2003
A beautiful Hollywood couple was on the Phil Donahue show. The dazzled audience thought they were the picture of true and lasting love. But compare that to an elderly man whose once-beautiful wife lived the last five years of her life with cancer—bald and bloated. Her husband said, “I slept...Read more +
Jul 6, 2003
John Gruden is the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He likes to max out as a person, and he wants his players to max out too. That’s Gruden’s way of saying he wants to reach his full potential and for those around him to reach their full potential too...Read more +
Jun 29, 2003
In his book, Lucky Man , actor Michael J. Fox tells the story of his battle with Parkinson's disease. Just after surgery to still the tremors in his left hand, he noticed new tremors, ever so slight, in his other hand. "What am I going to do now? After all...Read more +
Jun 15, 2003
I was 14 when I made my first speech without using notes. Wanting to do something humorous, I decided to imitate a very funny sketch that I had seen in a Mickey Rooney movie. From Mickey Rooney, it was great. From me, it fell flat. After that fiasco, only the...Read more +