Don't Knock Yourself Out

Much to the dismay of my wife, I am a boxing fan. Yes, I recognize that it is cruel. The prime objective is to inflict hurt and even injury on the opponent. But there is something compelling about it, and as a matter of fact, I boxed a couple of years when I was in school.

Whether you are a fan or not, chances are good you probably admire a ...Read more

The Proper Way to Praise

It is a generally recognized fact that some people are smarter than others. They have a higher IQs, grasp complex concepts more quickly, learn more readily, solve problems more easily, etc. Everybody can't be the smartest in the class. If parents praise their children for effort instead of bragging on them for being smart, however, children are ...Read more

Little Johnny Was A Pistol

"Little Johnny" was a "pistol." One Friday afternoon, his teacher said to the class, "Students, if any of you have an unusual event take place this weekend, please remember it and tell us about it on Monday morning."

On Monday morning, Little Johnny sat at his desk, quivering with excitement. The teacher said, "Johnny, it looks like something...Read more

Send it Out and You'll Get it Back

Years ago, somebody made the observation that if you see someone without a smile, you should give him or her yours. Others have said that a smile is a little curve that sets a lot of things straight. You undoubtedly have noticed that when you smile at someone, in most cases -- particularly if it involves a non-threatening situation (man ...Read more

Something You Can't Measure

Years ago, I had the privilege of attending a Special Olympics event with my family. Our granddaughter, Elizabeth, participated in two races and won a silver and a gold medal. She was excited.

When we entered the stadium, we were surprised to learn that many of the 1,500 participants train all year for these special occasions. The opening ...Read more

We Have a Choice

Tuesday morning, at 8:24 a.m., I was checking out of the local grocery store. As I was making my departure, the lady said, "Have a good day." I responded, "I've already had one -- you do the same." Her response was, "Not today -- I don't expect it to happen to me."

I was saddened by her remark because our expectations have a tendency to be ...Read more

You're Not Lost - You Just Need Directions

One day, a traveler in a remote country town, convinced that he was on the wrong road, came to a halt in a village. Calling one of the villagers to the car window, he said: "Friend, I need help. I'm lost."

The villager looked at him for a moment. "Do you know where you are?" he asked. "Yes," said the traveler. "I saw the name of your town as I ...Read more

A Man Who Will Stand

Sen. Frank Carlson from Kansas wrote, "God and the world need men who will stand in the gap ... men who are not for sale; men who are honest, sound from center to circumference, true to the heart's core; men with consciences as steady as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right if the heavens totter and the earth reels; men who...Read more

Sell When They Buy

Research conclusively proves that 70 percent of all merchandise or business created by salespeople is sold between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., 20 percent of the business is sold between 1 and 5, and only 10 percent after 5 p.m. Some notable exceptions to this rule, primarily in the field of direct sales, were cookware, vacuum cleaners, ...Read more

Doc's Prescription for Life

Financial adviser Neil Gallagher, Ph.D., from Hurst, Texas, offers some sound advice with this list of things to do for a healthy, productive life:

1. Unexpected help comes from unpredictable sources to the person who remains positive, enthusiastic and cheerful.

2. Work is wonderful therapy.

3. If you're not following your own goals, you're...Read more

Free Time or Invested Time?

Listen in on virtually any conversation today, and eventually the subject of people being so busy they no longer have any time for themselves will come up. Unfortunately, most of the talkers and listeners honestly and sincerely believe that is true. However, according to Geoffrey Godbey, professor of leisure studies at Pennsylvania State ...Read more

That Causes Cancer

In the last few years, we've read innumerable articles quoting studies to either prove or disprove that drinking or not drinking coffee causes cancer, living under power lines causes cancer, eating a low-fat diet causes cancer, eating a high-fat diet causes cancer, smoking causes cancer and air pollution causes cancer. As a matter of fact, at ...Read more


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