Even Lincoln needed Grant: Stop Doing It Alone

A bad leader will not promote a person who could replace him, while a good leader will be happy to promote. A great leader makes his subordinates legends. The Civil War was over when Abraham Lincoln, the greatest political leader in American history, made Ulysses S. Grant commander of all the Union Armies. The Civil [Read More…]

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Napoleon and Josephine: Eros Isn’t Enough

If it is March 9, it is the anniversary of Napoleon and Josephine, a cautionary tale about power, love, lust, and romance. Known as “Rose” before marrying Napoleon, Josephine could entrance men. She had an eye for talent and she chose a winner when she picked the Corsican. She rose with the military commander to become [Read More…]

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Another Day to Listen to Women

Today, I am told, is International Women’s Day. I am not sure who makes such decisions, but I am a fan of any excuse to have a party or reflect on something of importance. As a man, what am I doing for International Women’s Day? My plan is to listen to the women around me [Read More…]

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The Martyr, the Grizzly, and the Gold

There are gifts good enough that you can envy them without sin. Imagine being able to say what the rest of us see, touch, and smell and in the saying make us see, touch, and smell again only better. That is a gift of a certain sort of poet and Dr. Tim Bartel is a [Read More…]

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Beauty and the Beast: A Deeply Flawed Film

When I first saw the animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast, I knew that the girl singing must be one of the bad sisters in the story. After father lost his money they: . . . did not know how to spend their time; they got up at ten, and did nothing but saunter [Read More…]

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What Love Says to Perfect Love

Faith is the voluntary response of our souls when God reveals Himself to our inner being. We know. It is intellectual, emotional, and physical! Of course, then (as Plato pointed) out, reason and experience can help us understand what God has shown us, but it is in the very nature of God, His goodness and [Read More…]

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American Slavery Was Particularly Bad: We Should Have Known Better

Change that comes too quickly can do more harm than good. Ask the Russians of 1917. Sadly, this general truth can be used by bad men to justify no change. Washington knew slavery must go, but he chased his runaways and lacked the moral courage to free his slaves in his lifetime. In an otherwise great [Read More…]

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Getting Better Words

Part of teaching gifted and talented students over the last thirty years (!) has been making observations. Here is one: students get the main point of a chapter, but often do not know the meanings of most of the words. Try this experiment yourself. Read the following from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: From the foldings of its [Read More…]

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Dear Milo

Dear Milo, I am not a fan. I could be a friend. You can check and see that I have opposed what you have said and done to date. Still, you are smart and have been hurt. You are a sinner, but then I am a sinner. You were hurt horribly, but yet you persist [Read More…]

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No More Meat Until Easter: Why that is Good For Me

My wife took one of those social media challenges where you describe your husband. When asked my favorite food, she said: meat. This is true and by “meat” she meant bacon or beef or salmon or any other meat product up to and including Spam. I am not a medical doctor and I have never [Read More…]

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