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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Protect the ButterfliesJ.D. Sherylyn B. Bailey
The story takes place in the 1960's in a ficticious town in Mississippi. The towns people do not interact but Joseph, who is white, and Elizabeth, who is black, find a way to talk and interact with each other unbeknown to anyone.
Their secret comes out after some boys do the ...
All of us have encountered the "these are the rules, we've always done it this way" type mentality in various businesses and governmental organizations. Perhaps the most extreme example I've heard of bureaucracy in full force occurred when a distinguished-looking gentleman wearing blue jeans walked into a bank and sought to complete a ...Read more
Our society today winks at the idea of sexual purity and abstinence before marriage. Based on some of the sex education courses in schools and the conduct of personalities in real life as well as in the television and movie industries, we're led to believe that abstinence is not only impossible, it's undesirable; that sex, under most ...Read more
My friend, Leland Heller, M.D., from Okeechobee, Fla., gives some intriguing and worthwhile thoughts in his approach to dealing with people who have physical or mental difficulties. He points out that the person who says, "I am depressed," or "I am ADD," sets him- or herself up for an ongoing series of problems.
He humorously points out that ...Read more
Chances are good you have your own definition of success, but chances are better you want some of the things money will buy and all of the things money won't buy.
Many years ago, Henry David Thoreau said, "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a ...Read more