Because they could

A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne   They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could.   They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, “Since we can it must be good.” But they never stopped to consider the wonder of it all, just that they could.   They ruled over others, because they could. “We’re stronger than them, so for us it’s good.” But they never stopped to consider the danger, and whether they … Continue reading Because they could

Little Teddy Stoddard

Author Unknown There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn’t play well with the other children, that … Continue reading Little Teddy Stoddard

Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University” is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

I happened to run across this article recently, entitled “Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.” I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I’d share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy! Continue reading A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

Today’s Wants vs. Needs ~ Maslow’s Hierarchy Today

“The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” ~ Abraham Maslow Many, many years ago in my early college days, I learned in at least one business and one psychology class about Abraham Maslow’s “A Theory of Human Motivation” and his “Hierarchy of Needs.” I was intrigued by the overall concept and I generally agreed with it then, and I still very much agree with it today. In fact Maslow’s Hierarchy has continually popped up in my brain over these many years as I observe human nature. In fact, I think our modern society … Continue reading Today’s Wants vs. Needs ~ Maslow’s Hierarchy Today

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

“Ivan Ilyich’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” ~ Leo Tolstoy  Probably my favorite book of all time is “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short “novella” of just about 130 pages. It is the story of Ivan Ilyich, who is a high court judge in the late 1800s. Ivan, who enjoys superior status in society, has fallen into what ironically many people today fall into, which is an addiction to … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich

A Man Who Was the 20th Century

During my time as an editor and writer for a local news organization, this was by far my favorite story to write. As the calendar was turning from 1999 to 2000, each writer was tasked with composing a story that represented the outgoing 20th century. Our stories would make up a “Millennium Moments” series. What I discovered in writing my piece was an unassuming man with an amazing story. Enjoy… Click the links below to read the Ambassador’s story. (The Word version is the complete story, while versions 1 and 2 are merely scans of the originally published story.) Ambassadors Life_Wordversion … Continue reading A Man Who Was the 20th Century