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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

Friendly People

Recently while in Tyler, Texas, my wife and I entered the Red Lobster restaurant and were pleasantly greeted by Tawanna, the young hostess who led us to a booth. Highlight No. 1.

After a brief moment, Stella, a "transplant" for New York who has been with Red Lobster for 10 years, engaged my wife in a pleasant and friendly conversation. ...Read more

Compassion and Cooperation

The largest seminary in the world is Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

However, there were some rough roads to be traveled along the way. During the depression years of the 1930s, the seminary had to cut faculty salaries by 10 percent. Music teachers had no salary, but survived by charging students for music ...Read more

It Ain't Funny

When I was a youngster, movies often depicted drunks as being hilariously funny. All too often -- then and now -- they depict drinking as a humorous and harmless social habit to acquire.

Unfortunately, the public presentations of alcohol, particularly in the beer and wine commercials today, lead us to believe it truly is "the good life." ...Read more

I Love the Daily Paper

On a regular basis, I hear people state they no longer read the newspaper because it is so "negative." Surveys reveal that newspaper readership has steadily gone downhill for the last 30 years and the No. 1 reason is too much negativity.

Personally, I almost always read one local paper and one national paper every day. I like to keep up with ...Read more

Opportunity Dressed as Disaster

For years, the optimist has maintained that in every difficulty there is an equal or greater opportunity, for every trial there is a reward and for every downbeat there is an upbeat. I happen to belong to that school of thought.

Our movies and TV screens have familiarized us with the fact that sheep-herders and cattle-tenders are not exactly "...Read more

A Cup of Yogurt

Recently, I was in Sacramento, Calif., and had an hour's delay before my flight left. I walked over to the TCBY Yogurt stand and ordered my favorite concoction, a mixture of the white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. As the lady was preparing it, I was impressed with her complete thoroughness. When she presented me with the yogurt, it ...Read more

The Many Attitudes of Life

Let's look at five life attitudes. First is self-esteem. That's the way you feel about yourself. That feeling of your own worth influences every facet of your life. The quickest, most sensible way to feel good about yourself without going on an "ego trip" is to do something you are proud of.

The second attitude is love, which is your attitude ...Read more

The Pains and Delights of Having Birthdays

As a "junior senior citizen," I frequently encounter some real delights at being a member of the fastest growing segment of our society. Since I'm 70, I've actually had enough birthdays to be classified as a full-fledged senior citizen, but I have a wrong "attitude," according to the way people generally think about senior citizens.

For ...Read more

Suggestions for Salespeople

Arthur Priebe, one of the great insurance salesmen, counsels his colleagues suffering from the common affliction of "doorknob phobia" to hold a debate with themselves.

"Where am I? In the hall."

"Where do I want to be? In that man's office."

"What will happen if I go inside? The worst that could happen is I'll be thrown back into the hall."

...Read more

A Time for Optimism -- and Hard Work

At a speech, Jack Kemp pointed out that nearly a hundred years ago, we started this century with an air of boundless confidence and enthusiasm. Fourteen years later, the world was at war and over 5 million men -- or over 5,600 a day for five years -- paid the ultimate price.

The horror of World War I led to protectionism and isolationism of ...Read more

 

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