Oct. 4: Mistakes, We’ve Made a Few

Cicero, the Roman orator and statesman, set forth what he considered the six most drastic mistakes made by men over the course of their lives.  They are:▪ The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.▪ The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected.▪ Insisting that a task is impossible because we cannot do it ourselves.▪ Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.▪ Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquirin … [Read more...]

Oct. 3: A Love Stronger than Death

After 72 years of marriage, Gordon and Norma Yeager died one hour apart while holding hands.The Des Moines, Iowa, couple got married on the day Norma graduated from high school in 1939.  From then on, they were inseparable.  “They believed in marriage till death do you part,” their youngest son Dennis told KCCI-TV.In October 2011, Gordon and Norma were in a car accident and rushed to the intensive care unit where the nurses knew not to separate the pair. Gordon died first, holding hands w … [Read more...]

Oct. 2: A Life Defying the Odds

During his acceptance speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, in 2012, former New York Jets running back Curtis Martin recalled the time his abusive father held a gun to his head and pulled the trigger seven times.  No bullet was discharged.  His father then pointed the gun away from his son and pulled the trigger again.  The bullet fired.  Only 15 at the time, Martin believed his father would kill him some day.Though he wasn’t religious, Martin attended a church when he tu … [Read more...]

Oct. 1: The Road to Joy

“It is [your critics] that are really the losers, for is anything sweeter than the inward joy that comes from thinking well of others.”  That quote was spoken by St. Thérèse of Lisieux who placed great emphasis on focusing on people’s positive qualities, even people who aggravated her.It’s an attitude that resonated with Marc Foley, O.C.D., author of the book The Love That Keeps Us Sane.  He writes, “What has dwelling on your neighbor’s faults ever brought into your life?  Did it bring peace… … [Read more...]

Sep. 30: An Unforgettable First Date

Most girls recall their first date, but 10-year-old Presli Collins had one that was particularly memorable.  That’s because the youngster (and her dad) enjoyed a special night out with NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.Collins has already undergone several painful surgeries for a condition called neurofibromatosis, which causes tumors in the brain, spinal cord and under the skin.  As a resident of Parker, Colorado, one of her greatest joys was watching Tim Tebow when he played with the Denver Bro … [Read more...]

Sep. 29: The Last Laugh

People snickered when 61-year-old Alan Moore announced that he wanted to resume his latent college football career. But the Vietnam veteran and kicker would have the last laugh, as the revival of his high-school dream would lead him to become the oldest player in college football history.Back in 1968, Moore’s schooling was interrupted when he enlisted for Vietnam rather than waiting to be drafted. After leaving the service, he got married, had children and worked for about 30 years in c … [Read more...]

Sep. 28: Bye, Bye Stress

Irritability.  Sadness.  Difficulty concentrating.  Even physical symptoms, like headaches or rapid heart rate.  These are among the symptoms of stress.But there are ways to become the calm, relaxed person you’ve always wanted to be.  Here are some tips to de-stress from Dr. Lisa Klewicki, clinical psychologist and radio personality.▪ Look for the positive.  Try thinking upbeat instead of worrying about the negative.▪ Set priorities.  Make a list of “must do” tasks, versus those that … [Read more...]

Sep. 27: Waiting for the Biblioburro

When author Monica Brown first read about traveling librarian Luis Soriano, she felt inspired to write a children’s book about him.  After all, this was a man who braved attacks by snakes and armed bandits so he could carry books to poor children in rural Colombia on his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto.  Promoting literacy and education to kids continues to be his goal.Brown combined her considerable writing talents with John Parra’s beautiful illustrations to create Waiting for the Biblioburro, a … [Read more...]