Mark Zuckerberg’s Workplace Secret: Trust

In a competitive world, keeping information close to the vest is viewed as a business imperative. Products, strategies and tactics fall under the tent of “Intellectual Property” and are closeted until just the right time. For example, Apple is famous for secrecy. Prototypes, plans and ideas are carefully stove-piped so no one working on them [Read More…]

Keeping politicians out of the pulpit

I sat in the church as a visitor, invited by a loving friend. I initially felt oddly out of place, but that was dispelled by the warmth of everyone towards me. The music started and the choir swayed. It seems that everyone in the congregation was swept up. Then the message began. And I was [Read More…]

Living Large in a Shrinking World (Money Isn’t What it Used to Be)

That Saturday is a day I won’t forget. It was the day I lost my mind. You see the day before I found an unexpected bounty. It happens a couple of times a year, you know when there are three paydays in a month.  No mortgage payment. The power bill was paid. No car payment. I had a whole paycheck [Read More…]

Donald Duels With Arnold at the National Prayer Breakfast (Please Take it Outside)

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly affair where D.C. leaders presumably gather to eat breakfast and pray. More than 3,500 guests gather, supposedly leaving their bickering and partisanship at the door to bow their heads and commit to one nation under God. It’s been a yearly event since 1953 and every president since Eisenhower [Read More…]

Justice in the Court: Does God Care about the Nominee?

President Trump selected a judge from the local Denver area Appeals Court Judge to the Supreme Court – Judge Neal Gorsuch. He was recently lauded in the Denver Post for his “sharp mind, clear writing and affable nature.”  Admittedly, that was the first I had ever heard of the man. Of course there will be those [Read More…]

Here’s the Part of the Refugee Ban that Makes Sense

This weekend, President Trump dropped the jarring news of an executive order that spelled out a ban on refugees and immigrants from certain countries. It really isn’t news, since throughout his march to the presidency he spoke repeatedly about keeping out the bad actors and promising a temporary ban. As long as a year ago, [Read More…]

What to do when incivility grips a civilization

More than a million women marched across the nation and world this weekend. They marched for issues like gender gaps in pay, abortion and gay rights. But call it what you want, these rallies were really just an opposition toward the election and now inauguration of Donald Trump. That’s fine, when you have a nation [Read More…]

“Wake Up.” A Middle Eastern immigrant has a message for America (and Donald Trump)

  He was animated, gregarious and engaging. He was also slightly edgy, not really comfortable.  Glancing around, he seemed to check every person that walked past our table at Whole Foods. But when I heard Joe Bagi’s story, I couldn’t blame him for being furtive. “I never go to crowded places,” he admitted. “I grew [Read More…]

Try a Little Kindness (A Skeptic Gives it Another Shot)

You’ve seen the bumper stickers, COEXIST printed out in letters representing all religions. It sounds good, but truth is a funny thing – it doesn’t play well with others. And you believe you have truth, then the clash of ideas enters. The same goes for politics. We’ve seen a nation split. The Blue Dogs and [Read More…]

The Christmas Pinata

Sometimes meaningless repetition is found in tradition. But if you look, there is great beauty. The story of Mary and Joseph looking for a place to rest on the Holy Night has been retold in  nearly every culture and language.  The King and Savior of the world wasn’t born in a castle, but in the [Read More…]