Apr. 19: Dragon Slayer

Ellen headed to work on a Friday morning. Her mind should have been filled with happier thoughts of the weekend ahead with family and friends. Instead, the looming problems of her job seemed to block out the sunshine of the beautiful spring day.While her thoughts were focused on possible solutions, she caught sight of a young boy walking with his mother on his way to school.  Dressed as a knight, complete with sword and shield, the child marched down the New York City street, slaying the … [Read more...]

Apr. 18: Taking a Technology Break

Face it—it’s a digital world.  Whether for work or connecting with friends and family, we’re wrapped up in the internet with social media, e-mail and chat messengers. Wireless technology keeps us connected even when we’re on the go.One online blogger tried taking a break from all these connections and found her offline time comprised her most productive work hours. Here are some of her suggestions to arrange your digital downtime:▪ Know exactly what you want to do online.  Disconnect when … [Read more...]

Apr. 17: The Goal of Honesty

Pat Smith of Owatonna, Minnesota, is the father of 11-year-old identical twin boys Nate and Nick. As reported by ABC News, Nate wowed hockey fans during a celebrity fundraiser by “hitting a puck through a hole in a board 89 feet away” during a charity event. The prize was $50,000.The problem, however, was that Nate was ineligible for the jackpot because the raffle ticket permitting the hockey shot was written in Nick’s name.  If they hadn’t revealed the deception, the boys would have received … [Read more...]

Apr. 16: Whiners Need Not Apply

What traits will help you get a job or get ahead in a job you already have?  Kaitlin Madden, writing on CareerBuilder.com, notes that human resources managers prize emotional intelligence even more than one’s IQ “because employees with high emotional intelligence are more likely to stay calm under pressure, solve conflict effectively and show empathy to their team members.”Depending on circumstances, some workers believe it is next to impossible or even unrealistic to stay calm and not whine … [Read more...]

Apr. 15: How to Stay Young

American General Douglas MacArthur kept a poem in his office entitled “How to Stay Young.”  It was written by Samuel Ullman and its words are timeless.  Here is an excerpt:“Youth is not a time of life—it is a state of mind; it is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a predominance of courage over timidity…Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; people grow old only by deserting their ideals.  Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusias … [Read more...]

Apr. 14: The Hand of God

Saving someone’s life isn’t minor, but that’s how Pastor Johnny Byrd characterized his actions which helped victims of a motor vehicle accident in Colleton County, South Carolina.“I’m nothing,” he said. “God used me and I give glory to Him.”Pastor Byrd’s daughter personally witnessed the local car crash and went to her father for his help. Returning to the accident scene, Byrd saw a car in flames and an unconscious man inside. He spotted a small baseball bat near the wreckage and used it … [Read more...]

Apr. 13: He Never Gave Up

Thomas A. Edison had strong reasons to throw his hands up in despair.  As a child, he was sent home from school after three months because his teachers felt he was “to addled” to learn.Edison also lost his hearing at the age of 12.  The love and encouragement of his mother, coupled with his own thirst for knowledge and willingness to work hard, kept him going.The result?  At age 21, Edison invented the stock ticker.  At 23, he developed an automatic telegraph that sent 1,000 words a minut … [Read more...]

Apr. 12: The Ex Vivo Miracle

Rita Saverino, a wife and mother of two in New York City, was diagnosed with a grapefruit-sized cancerous tumor behind her liver. The only way to get it out and make sure the cancer was removed from the surrounding areas was to perform an “ex vivo” surgery.That meant Saverino’s abdominal organs—her liver, stomach, kidney, and intestines—would be surgically removed, operated on outside her body, then replaced into her body once the tumor was out.Seven surgeons told Saverino this procedure … [Read more...]