Feb 10, 2013

Even the Details of Your Work Have Meaning

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...Read more +
Feb 3, 2013

The Impossible Ship

Just before World War II, America was precariously low on cargo ships. Henry Kaiser , an industrialist, had never built ships, but that didn't deter him. He called for an “impossibility conference” to address every reason why he shouldn’t build ships now. What happened? As participants examined each reason not...Read more +
Jan 27, 2013

Check Up on Yourself

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...Read more +
Jan 20, 2013

Your Job Can Be Sacred

The English writer, Dorothy Sayers, made an interesting comment about Jesus’s carpentry: "No crooked table leg or ill-fitting drawer ever, I dare swear, came out of the carpenter shop at Nazareth. Nor, if they had, could anyone believe that they were made by the same hands that made heaven and...Read more +
Jan 13, 2013

Olive Tree

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...Read more +
Jan 6, 2013

Take a Walk

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...Read more +
Dec 23, 2012

Walt Disney on Celebrity

Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, and founded the Disney Empire. Once someone asked him, "How does it feel to be a celebrity?" "Feels fine," Disney said, but he didn't stop there. "Feels fine when it helps get a good seat for a football game. But celebrity status never helped...Read more +
Dec 16, 2012

We Are the Church

A friend of mine visited Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of the village built by English Puritan settlers. Costumed role players take on the names, viewpoints, and life histories of real people from that first colony. In character, these players know nothing beyond the world of 1627. My friend approached one...Read more +
Dec 9, 2012


In 1905, when my grandmother opened her mercantile store in Kerrville, Texas, she had no visions of a large grocery chain. Her husband was disabled, and her sights were firmly fixed on family survival. The first day on the property, while sweeping out the store, she found a New Testament...Read more +
Nov 25, 2012

Your Best Foot

Henry solved the world’s problems every day before lunch. Later he’d tackle the hard stuff. And he was sharp. Just ask him. No, wait: don’t ask him. Either way, he’d tell you. Sharp as he was, Harry obviously wore thin. But he had some honest co-workers who valued him. “Henry,...Read more +