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Questions Are the Answer

For centuries, knowledgeable people have recognized that successful leaders have a talent for asking the right questions to get the information they need. They are probing, penetrating, thought-provoking questions that force the other person to think. This enables the leader to bring out the best in that individual.

As individuals, we need to ...Read more

Society: Positive or Negative?

Is society negative or positive? The answer: It's more negative than positive. Dr. J. Allan Petersen points out that society's input is predominantly negative. Our conversations at home accentuate the negative. Unfortunately, a negative thinker activates the world around him negatively, and every bit of negativism he sows produces a bumper crop....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

A Time for Optimism and Hard Work

At a recent 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...Read more

Quit? What For?

On Aug. 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Her time was 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking Charles Toff's record by two hours and 23 minutes.

Swimming the English Channel is a truly difficult undertaking. The channel is only 20 miles wide at the point most swimmers tackle it. However, when you combine ...Read more

True Love Waits

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

Keep On Reading

In our high-tech society today, too many people are relying on technology to meet all of their educational and personal growth needs. They believe all they need to do is press those buttons and they've got the answers to everything.

There is much that can be said about the benefits of the electronic age, but the computer between our ears is ...Read more

The Proper Way to Praise

It is a generally recognized fact that some people are smarter than others. They have 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

Dads Are Important

An article by Tamara Henry in an issue of USA Today is exciting and very revealing. She reported on a study by the Education Department which reveals that children are more likely to get A's and less likely to repeat a grade or be expelled if fathers are highly involved in their schools. This is true whether the fathers live with their children ...Read more

Too Much of a Good Thing

For some strange reason, there are millions of us who believe that if a little of something is good for us, a lot would be even better. Sometimes, that is true, but frequently, it is not. For example, if a non-swimmer has fallen into water over his head, if you throw him one end of a rope, that's good. If you throw him both ends of the rope, ...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 example...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

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

 

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