Archive for 2007

Running On Joe

Four hundred billion cups of coffee are consumed every year. That’s more cups of black brew than alcohol. I am not much of a coffee drinker myself, but everyone around me does. At home the pot is brewing every morning and some nights too. At work, there are pots in most departments, and still, my [...]

A Life of Adventure

I have always gravitated toward adventurous people, lured by a desire, the same way I always watch planes taking off with a bit of envy. Perhaps it is being able to live an adventure by being close to it. When I was young, Indiana Jones was one of my favorite movies and I watched Star [...]

Communicating or Connecting?

I see cell phones everywhere. It seems that everyone owns them, and not just in case of an emergency. Kids, parents, even grandparents are using them. They talk in the car. They talk walking into the store. They talk on the toilet. I see groups of people sitting in restaurants, in coffee shops together, each [...]

The Death of the American Melting Pot

By James C Nelson On October 12, 1915 President Theodore Roosevelt spoke these words, “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism… We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is [...]

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew, But Our Dreams Do – Dreams, Creativity, Reality, Trying

By Elsa Schieder I woke up this morning with the words, don’t bite off more than you can chew, going through my head. But my dreams do, over and over, bite off way more than that. And I get pulled along. Lots of work, obstacles, learning. I’m not a quitter, but I’ve let go, time [...]

Grooming Our Kids for Failure

By Craig Harper Recently on a current affairs television program here in Melbourne there was a story exploring the concept of children not receiving ‘traditional’ school report cards and not being graded (marked) on their school work at all. The key message of the program was that evaluating our kids and actually scoring them on [...]

The Long Road Home, Part III

Much of my life has been spent trying to talk to God. As a boy I used to sit on my bed and pray with my father. We said the Lord’s prayer from Mathew every night, side by side on my bed. And after that, my father tucked me in and turned off the light [...]

Love Puppy

One pale morning so early that it was still blue outside, that moment when the blackness of night has faded before the moon, and the sun is only a promise yet some time off, I woke up and rested on one elbow. A girl slept quietly beside me, her face half buried in a pillow [...]

The Conquest Principle, Part I

As a little boy I dreamed of being a brave knight. To me, knights were real men. They were solid and strong, encased in shining steel and wielding swords that could wreak havoc upon a man. Nothing could harm them. They were invincible, at least the good ones were. They were noble and chivalric. They [...]

Creative Perfection: 5 Reasons Why We Destroy Our Creativity By Trying To Achieve The Impossible

Whoever you are, whatever your preferred creative field, there’s one guaranteed fail-safe method for causing consistent, damaging and painful frustration in your creative life. One absolutely, so-sure-you-can-bet-your-house-on-it, way of ensuring you wear your creative energy down to nothing, and pretty much completely destroy your current creative motivation, possibly for ever. What is this terrifying monster? [...]