Those Neurotransmitters

Psychiatrist Peter Marzuk, M.D., of Cornell University Medical College, did an interesting study concerning the suicide rate among pregnant women. He found that of the 315 New York City women who took their own lives between 1990 and 1993, only six were pregnant. He said that was about seventy percent fewer than you'd expect, given the city's ...Read more

Be Cool -- Stay In School

As a freshman in high school, Jason Summey had a dream of every one of his fellow students graduating with him, without a single dropout, so he launched his "Be Cool -- Stay In School" program. He's written a book by that title that gives over a hundred reasons why kids should finish school. Members of his Dropout Patrol are committed to ...Read more

Crime and Illiteracy

An extensive article in a past edition of The Dallas Morning News describes a program to fight illiteracy called HOPE, an acronym for Helping Others Pursue Education. It is a voluntary program started by Lucy Smith of Hurst, Texas, who trains the volunteer teachers at the Hutchins State Jail in South Dallas County.

Since 85 to 90 percent of ...Read more

Good News -- You Can Change!

In the worlds of education, athletics, business, government, etc., it's recognized that a person's attitude is often the determining factor in how well they do. In the business world, the dominant factor of successful employees identified by employers was attitude.

Unfortunately, there are more people with a negative rather than a positive ...Read more

Chance Has No Memory

In January of 1998, Lleyton Hewitt, an Australian high-school tennis player, became the lowest-ranked player (550) ever to win an ATP Tour event.

Question: What are the odds that No. 550 would beat players who were ranked, virtually all of them, in the top 50 in the world, and many of them in the top 20? I wonder if Lleyton honestly thought ...Read more

The Most Desirable Employees

Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., has identified through research the characteristics of the most desirable employees or job candidates. First, a positive attitude is the most important characteristic. Other research indicates the most often promoted employees have high job performance, exhibit...Read more

You Start With an Apology

I was raised during the Depression by a widowed mother with six children too young to work.

Things were tough financially. Each one of us did what we could to make our contribution.

Five milk cows, some fruit trees and a large garden provided most of our food. My brothers and I all got part-time jobs in a grocery store. My sisters worked in ...Read more

A Teamwork Dilemma

I suspect that all of us in the world of business, athletics, music, etc., recognize the importance of teamwork. Old cliches come to mind, like, "Individuals score points, but teams win games."

In the business world, the concept of teamwork is particularly important, but according to Ed Petry, executive director of the Ethics Officer ...Read more

Life Is an Attitude

Ron Heagy is an outstanding author, speaker and counselor, who has his master's degree in social counseling. He is also paints using hsi mouth and has sold well over a thousand different pictures. He has been happily married since 1992 to a loving and beautiful wife.

To see Ron is an inspiration. To listen to him is an encouragement. To read ...Read more

Big Brother Is Watching

Concern is often expressed about the intrusion of big government into Joe Citizen's life. I can be numbered among those who share frustrations that, in today's electronic era, virtually nothing is sacred or secret.

However, what concerns me most is the watchful eye of the overzealous, authoritarian figure in the workplace. I say this because ...Read more

What Have I Learned?

Chuck Burck runs an upbeat burger place that caters to people of all ages. The following is a compilation of some of the things he has learned from others of all ages:

"If someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it." (age 39)

"Even when I have pains, I don't have to be one." (age 82)

"Motel mattresses...Read more

Manners Matter

My mother taught her children that while we might not be the smartest people around, we could be courteous, polite and considerate of others. We were taught to say "please," "thank you," "yes, sir" and "yes, ma'am," not to talk with food in our mouths and a few other little niceties of life.

Now, there are some indications that manners are on ...Read more

If He Can, You Can

Eleven-year-old Kacey McCallister lives in Keizer, a suburb of Salem, Oregon. He plays basketball and is also catcher, first base and the outfield in baseball. His play has been so spectacular that a little league team in North Carolina dedicated its season to him and handicapped Boy Scouts in Georgia were inspired by him. People all over ...Read more


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