On July 6th, A telemarketer Claiming to represent Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) called soliciting contributions based on automated monthly withdrawals from my bank. You may recall the “Challenge” that call inspired. Now for the follow-up report: The caller was given 30 days to write the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice of Canada, carbon…Read More M.A.D.D. Revisited
With the economic uncertainties of our time, nomadism is re-emerging. Regional unemployment is compelling families to uproot with the hope of better prospects far from home. This exodus, mostly of educated and skilled trades personnel impoverishes the communities they abandon. The vacancy rate of housing ultimately drives property values down. With the loss of its…Read More The Times, They Are A Changing
All too often, we inadvertently broadcast messages by our actions, words and apparel that are not received as intended. To illustrate: As I was walking, a German Shepherd snuck up beside me and stole the pepperoni stick out of my hand. His master was flabbergasted. I couldn’t help but laugh. The reality is, I was…Read More Dare To Be Different
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23: 7 What makes a thing good or bad, right or wrong, evil or righteous? Over the millennia, humanity have consistently forced their values on each other by assigning labels. The majority of people have a philosophy of “Live and let live”. This unfortunately…Read More What Makes A Thing Good Or Bad?
“He’s so Heavenly minded, he’s no earthly good!” I first heard this saying perhaps 40 years ago and it made a lot of sense. There was a time when out of necessity individuals had numerous skills and interests that made it possible to survive and thrive in an environment that was not industrialized. In those…Read More No Earthly Good
Growing up I did not realize how much fear I instilled in the hearts of teachers. When I was in my 40s, I had the opportunity to visit with a man who had been a role model for me when I was a teen. Michael was three years older than I, but he was the…Read More There Are No Bad Students, Only Bored Ones
Recently you may have read a post on “ How to win an argument, every time”. I’m sure you were perplexed. If you don’t engage in an argument to get your point across, how are you supposed to communicate? Sadly, human history illustrates the futility and violence that occur when otherwise peaceful and intelligent people…Read More If I Don’t Argue, How Do I Get My Point Across?
I have found the best way to win an argument every single time is not to engage. What! Not engage! Are you serious! Yes, you read that right. Okay I know it sounds counterintuitive, but let’s examine what really goes on in an argument. When you look at something, you see it from your own…Read More How To Win An Argument, Every Time
In recent years there have been a plethora of “Super Hero” movies making their ways to global audiences. Why? Everyone knows “Super Powers” are nothing more than fiction right? I’m not so sure it’s that simple. Every story, every legend, every fantasy has some seed of truth. In this day and age, we often attribute…Read More Super Heroes, Real or Imagined?
Growing up in my generation was a time of turmoil and disappointment. I remember the Beatles with their campaign against the Vietnam conflict. Grow your hair for peace was the slogan that tens of millions of youth around the Western Hemisphere gladly obeyed. It was a defiance, a new generation would no longer follow leaders…Read More To Win Hearts, Don’t Criticize