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."

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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

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


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