When Logic Doesn't Make Sense

My friend, fellow speaker and country comedian from Nacogdoches, Texas, Bob Murphy, tells the story:

"A fellow over in East Texas walked into the local greasy spoon and ordered a bowl of chili. When the waitress brought the chili and set it down, by coincidence another waitress was carrying by one of their delicious homemade pies, and the ...Read more

When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

We received a fascinating email message that I thought was so good I decided to share it with you and obtained permission from the author, Mary Rita Schilke Korzan:

When you thought I wasn't looking, you hung my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another.

When you thought I wasn't looking, you fed a stray cat, and I ...Read more

Accepting Responsibility

Today, one of the laments we hear from employers, parents, educators, etc., is that it's difficult to find someone who will accept responsibility for their performance and/or behavior. Too many people, we moan, are irresponsible.

This has been true since the beginning of time, and it started with Adam and Eve. God placed them in a garden ...Read more

A Mini United Nations

Several years ago, a unique incident took place at our three-day "Born To Win" Seminar in Dallas. Part of our process is to teach every participant to be a "good-finder," and when they see an individual in the class say or do something encouraging, they are to write a note on a pad that says, "I Like ------ Because" and they write in some ...Read more

The Building's On Fire!

This little bit of satire from an unknown source struck my funny bone, and I believe it will strike yours as well.

Fire: What To Do

During a recent ecumenical gathering, a secretary rushed in shouting, "The building is on fire!"

The Methodists gathered in the corner and prayed.

The Baptists cried, "Where is the water?"

The Quakers quietly ...Read more

Give What You Have

"As a new resident of a small, southern town, I often noticed a stocky, gray-haired man ride by my home on a bicycle. He usually had a tool kit in the wire basket of the bike. Months after I had first noticed him, we were introduced at the home of a new friend of mine, a widow. When she told me his name, she added, 'But we widows call him "Mr. ...Read more

Decisions in Giving

I quote with permission from a letter he sent to his grandchildren my friend, Charlie "Tremendous" Jones:

On giving: "Never give to get, give because you have received. Giving is like a muscle. To be strong, you have to exercise it, and to grow as a person, giving is the exercise. You can't really enjoy anything without sharing it. This ...Read more

It Was a Privilege

Recently, I was a member of a TV audience on a program that dealt with solving some of the problems in our society today. The open forum featured extraordinary football coaches D. W. Rutledge and Dennis Parker. A third participant was Dallas Police Chief Ben Click, and the fourth was a former minister/educator Rev. Russell White.

From the ...Read more

A New Foundation

The Dallas Morning News published information concerning the Living To Change Lives Foundation, which was established by Mrs. Juanell Teague to put character-based courses in our educational structure. The tragic shootings in several of our schools in recent months, primarily by fellow students, combined with declining academic performance, ...Read more

Being of Service -- It Works for Man and Dog

My daughter, Cindy, was observing therapy dogs at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas, in anticipation of doing volunteer work with her golden retriever, Emmitt, when she met an inspiring man named Rick Cox. Rick's determination and progress in the face of Guillian-Barre Syndrome, a disease that attacked the myelin sheath ...Read more


All is not lost when someone ends up behind bars -- especially if he or she is incarcerated in a North Carolina facility where Prison Fellowship teaches a course called Reentry Life Plan. Reentry teaches the benefits of a character foundation, a good, strong work ethic, relationship skills, goal-setting, a winning attitude, and so on.

Results: ...Read more

Misguided Loyalty

Years ago, high on the list of best-selling books was one by Dr. Bill Bennett entitled "The Death of Outrage." Bennett writes that nothing of moral misconduct seems to outrage us in our society today. I fully agree with him. We see words on bumper stickers and on the internet, and hear words on television and the radio that a few years ago were ...Read more

Know Where You Are Going

It's time for some good news, and the good news is that the young men and women who are enrolling in Florida A&M and going on to get their MBAs are supported not only by their parents and teachers, but also by corporations. Everyone involved stands to reap huge benefits.

This predominantly African American university, under the leadership of ...Read more


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