The Media Do Serious Damage

Frequently, especially since the Columbine High School tragedy, and the tragic deaths of John Kennedy Jr., his wife and sister-in-law, I hear members of the media make reference to "closure." To give them the benefit of the doubt, I would say their intentions are good; but from my perspective, they obviously have never experienced the loss of ...Read more

Parents Make the Difference

A study by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that parents are the keys to keeping their kids off drugs. However, they point out that just having Mom and Dad around is not the solution within itself, but that it's what Mom and/or Dad do that's important.

The importance is dramatically increased when both Mom and Dad take time to ...Read more

The Weight Roller Coaster

When she was just 5 years old, Rosalie Bradford felt the pain of abandonment, and found solace in food. She weighed 250 pounds when she met her husband, and by the time their son, Rob, was born, her weight had escalated to 374 pounds. She chose to be a stay-at-home mom, and started eating 10,000 calories a day. She weighed 500 pounds by the time...Read more

Life on the Beach

Once my daughter, Cindy, my son, Tom, and I went for a bicycle ride on the beach at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The ride produced more than just good, enjoyable family time; it also provided some lessons in the principles of life.

For the first five minutes of our bike ride, though the birds were flying overhead, and the tiny crabs were...Read more

Employer Opportunity

Employee turnover is expensive. One of the most important factors in retaining employees is the integrity of the employer. A national employee survey by the non-profit Hudson Institute and Walker Information, an Indianapolis research company, revealed that only 9 percent of the employees who believed they were led by less than ethical executives...Read more

What You Could Do If You Didn't Know You Couldn't

Many years ago, when I got involved in positive thinking, inspiration and motivation, I read about a man who was pinned beneath the family car when the jack slipped. His wife, who was average size and strength, lifted the car just enough for him to slide out from under it.

There was much speculation as to how she was able to do that, because ...Read more

Why Kids Kill Kids

FBI research indicates that all of the "kids who kill kids" have two things in common, whether in Pearl, Mississippi, Paducah, Kentucky, Jonesboro, Arkansas, or Littleton, Colorado, and so on.

First, these kids seldom, if ever, went to church, where they might have been subjected to the Ten Commandments or heard the message of "be ye kind, one ...Read more

Relationships Really Do Matter

I wish I could give you the name of the creator of the questions that follow, because I believe the thoughts they provoke will be of great benefit to you.

First question: What are the names of the winners of the Academy Awards for best actor and actress in 1993?

Second: Who won the Most Valuable Player award in the 1994 Super Bowl?

Third: Who...Read more

Positive or Negative?

As a general rule, America divides itself into three groups: The positive, the negative and the realists. It is my complete conviction that those who are optimistic and positive really are the realists.

To begin with, my 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary does not contain the word "pessimist," although it does contain the word "optimist." The ...Read more

Is Any One of Us Superior?

When all of us understand that there is no superior sex or superior race, we will have laid a foundation for building winning relationships with both sexes and people of all races, creeds and colors.

The five people who have had the greatest impact on my life were all women: my mother, my wife, my oldest daughter, an elderly African-American ...Read more

Business Relationship Principles

Here's a down-home story that teaches principles to help management build better relationships with their internal customers (employees).

When I was a young boy, my first solo work assignment was in the large garden that produced much of our food. I had to hoe three long rows of beans. My mother showed me how she wanted it done, and told me to ...Read more

Life Is Like a Ballgame

It has often been written that the world is somewhat like a baseball diamond with home plate, a pitcher's mound, three bases and an outfield. The people in the game are the players. When a player reaches first base, it is generally through his own efforts or through the error of a player who missed a fly ball, threw too late to first, or simply ...Read more

You Treat Them Like You See Them

Author/speaker Lewis Timberlake from Austin, Texas, tells a fascinating story. He was invited to a school in Brooklyn, New York, to speak and participate in a banquet honoring their "Teacher of the Year." This teacher had been retired for 10 years and was called back because after the first six weeks of school this particular class of boys had ...Read more

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