Monthly Archives: June 2010

Remembrance

Today was the 36th Anniversary of the date on which I proposed to my (now) bride – and she accepted!  That proposal was in a public place, with a high likelihood of remaining public and accessible to us during the remainder of … Continue reading

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On Leadership

This year is the 20th Anniversary of the publication of John Gardner’s landmark book, On Leadership (The Free Press, New York, 1990).  This eminently readable book is a remarkable treatise worth studying by anyone who leads, manages, follows, or thinks that they can … Continue reading

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Reformation: Augsburg Confession Anniversary

Yesterday, June 25, was the 480th Anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confession to Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire.  About two hundred people were present for the reading, including an impressive array of subscribing German princes.  … Continue reading

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Faint Praise

“To provide praise that is so minimal or inconsequential as to actually amount to criticism.”  Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damn_with_faint_praise) uses that as the definition upon which to build its discussion of damn with faint praise.  The esoteric website http://www.funtrivia.com opines about the … Continue reading

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Living with David

Travel impressario Rick Steves has written an insightful article, “Living with David”, to propose “a helpful mindset when viewing art”.  The article is at http://www.ricksteves.com/blog/index.cfm?fuseaction=entry&entryID=472 (Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door blog). The approach is extremely helpful in any attempt to … Continue reading

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New Tower of Babel?

“Religious discord depends upon nothing except ignorance of grammar.” Joseph Justus Scalager wrote that pronouncement after stating, “I want to be a good grammarian.”  He was a 15th Century “erudite” – a person who has or shows profound knowledge – perhaps the greatest … Continue reading

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Let Your “Yes” Mean “Yes”

How often do you say “Yes” or hear “Yes” in response to a request, and know or find out that it really means “No”?  If you’re “out and about”, the truthful answer is “too often”.  Daily, we even hear “spokespersons” … Continue reading

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Idea Wall

Today, we enjoyed a visit to Astoria Fine Arts in Jackson, Wyoming (www.astoriafineart.com) on the Town Square.  Among the artists they represent is Joshua Tobey of Corpus Christi, Texas  (http://www.joshuatobeystudios.com/).  Josh is a well-known sculptor working in bronze castings with exquisite … Continue reading

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FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real

The acronym FEAR, as used to represent False Evidence Appearing Real, is widely used and apparently of unknown origin.  Quite a few articles and blog posts utilize this acronym to discuss various sources of fear (both real and irrational), how to … Continue reading

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Look Back to Learn, Not Blame

When something does not go “according to plan” or just flat goes awry, looking back is necessary in order to better learn how to look ahead.  Beneficial looking back is not done to “name names”, not to put on the “we … Continue reading

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