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Nov 1

What’s HOT?

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

fire-76815_640This week I’m focusing on five listening moments.

Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface
Thursday was Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.

Listen In

If we listen to the news of the day and the waves of our culture we’d spend all of our time chasing what’s “hot.”

Until 2004 the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won baseball’s World Series in 86 years and this week they won their third in the last ten years. They’re hot!

Jun 11

Power Players

Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Blessed be Barack Obama. the President of the United States.
Blessed be Angela Merckel, the Chancellor of Germany.
Blessed be Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia.
Blessed be Bill Gates, billionaire co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Blessed be Pope Benedict XVI, the head of the Roman Catholic Church.


And, blessed be Gloria C. Mackenzie, lottery winner.


Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 2

Blessed are the meek – the humble, gentle and lowly – for the whole earth will belong to them. 3

Oct 4

Kindness & the Debates

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

I watched the debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney last night.

The two participants became contentious. 

Maybe they cared deeply about having the most accurate and helpful information.

Maybe they work hard at accuracy and — being right — they wanted to be quoted accurately.

But, I’m saddened to think that they might care more about being elected.

What Would They Sacrifice To Win?

Following the debate I read various perspectives about the debate.

Adam Clymer, writing for the New York Times, began:

Dec 12

The Perils Of Popularity

Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

Barack Obama wins. Tiger Woods cheats. Tim Tebow loses.

These three men are, like us, people.  They have friends and a family. They have hopes and dreams. They win and they lose, they succeed and fail. Why do we care about them. Why do we track their lives? Why did their names appear on virtually every news portal every day this week?

Why, because they are “celebrities.”


As a society one of our biggest problems is that we create “celebrities.” Celebrities, people whose lives and accomplishments we follow. We attribute celebrity status to and esteem them because of their success in their chosen field. Athletes become icons, actors become idols, musicians become magnified.