All is not lost when someone ends up behind bars -- especially if he or she is incarcerated in a North Carolina facility where Prison Fellowship teaches a course called Re-entry Life Plan. Re-entry teaches the benefits of a character foundation, a good, strong work ethic, relationship skills, goal setting, a winning attitude and so on.

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Parents are the Key

I have been on the fringes of the drug war for over 25 years, and the one constant has been the fact that parents are the key to solving the problem and keeping kids off drugs.

It starts with the bonding of parent and child, and the development of trust. This is best done by talking and touching, and spending time together; being a good role ...Read more

It Makes No Difference

One of the most comprehensive articles I've ever read was in a past issue of Scientific American. It centers around Indonesian immigrants who were brought into America and placed in the inner cities of five large metropolitan areas after having spent two or three years in detention camps, which slowed their educational process.

Five hundred ...Read more

Learning to Like Others

"The rule for all of us is perfectly simple: Do not waste time bothering whether you 'love' your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. ...Read more

Conquering Fear

Those of you who are fight fans and have seen Evander Holyfield in the ring will probably be stunned to learn that until he was 17 years old, he had considerable fear of boxing. As a matter of fact, he said he was astonished that he ever boxed at all and had even decided that by the time he was 18, he would quit because he knew he could get ...Read more

The Superstar Team Player

The basketball accomplishments of Michael Jordan have been well-documented by writers worldwide. His Most Valuable Player trophies in the regular season, as well as in the playoffs, put him in the category of being the best basketball player of all time. Even those who disagree with that designation would at least put him on the greatest team ...Read more

Rearrangement Can Help

John Adams, one of our country's founding fathers, pointed out that the word "reactive" and the word "creative" are made up of exactly the same letters. The only difference is the arrangement of the letters. And really, the change is not that complex. All you have to do is take the "c" out of "reactive," and put it in front of the "r," and you...Read more

Thank the Security People

For years, I've made a practice of never going through security at an airport without saying "thank you" to the security staff. I always include the comment, "I appreciate you protecting me from the 'bad guys.'" Then with a smile I add, "And the bad girls."

Most of them laugh and express with at least a smile and a nod that they appreciate ...Read more

I'm Outta Gas

Chances are phenomenal that at least one time in your life, while driving, your car has run out of gasoline. When it happened, you undoubtedly were a little frustrated, since things like that always happen at the "worst possible time."

Question: Have you ever deliberately run out of gas, or do you keep your eye on the gas gauge? Chances are ...Read more

Good-Finders Are Winners

It pays to be a good-finder. This anecdote from Retta Shepherd says a lot: "A few months after my husband and I moved to a small California town, I grumbled to a resident about the poor service at the library. Lo, lo and behold! The next time I went to the library, the librarian had set aside two bestsellers for me and a new biography for my ...Read more

A Dog's Life

Sometimes, I'm amused when people talk about living a "dog's life." Perhaps that's because our little dog has a beautiful home, two caring adults to look after him, regular trips in the car, a big yard to play in, and loving friends and companions, both human and canine.

However, the thing that intrigues me is what speaker/trainer Andrew Wood...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


Speaker Catherine D. Fyok had looked forward to an evening with her husband when her flight was canceled. Then, she remembered how I handled a canceled flight by responding to negative news with the exclamation "Fantastic!" and shared it with another passenger. In unison they said, "Fantastic." It became their "password" every time they ...Read more


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