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How to Keep Lightning from Becoming Lightning Bugs

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” (Mark Twain, The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain) Words are the weapons of human thinking. They express fear, despair, hope, and triumph. Yet nothing is worse than the wrong word. It’s not about the […]

Stimulate Your Thinking

Western culture feeds the disease of inactivity. People stare at cellphones blankly. Television drones on with no one noticing. The couch (or recliner) develops a permanent and personal dimple. The ravages of the sedate society are everywhere. Politics lack clear thinking. Many businesses have settled into a “that’s our policy” way of life. Individuals live […]

What Was a That Password Again?

The bane of technological existence is the password. I understand the need, but the frustration remains. With every website visited comes the need to setup a password. After about three, the brain begins the dog paddle and by the fifth request it is going down for the third time. How do you remember passwords? The […]

Speeding Up

Nothing is more frustrating than having to slow down when you want to go faster. You drive down the freeway going the speed limit. Suddenly you see the red glow of brake lights cascading through the traffic in front of you. You slow to a crawl. Sometimes the slow-down is a wreck and sometimes it […]

Keeping Small Problems from Becoming Large Problems

Everyone has problems. Too many turn a minor difficulty into a titanic tumult. But it doesn’t have to happen You have to respond to problems rather than react to them. The church where I serve publishes a “pocket directory.” It is what the name implies, a 2 inch by 4 inch top bound phone book. […]

An Experience With Stock Cars–What It Taught Me about Teaching

Most of the times, vacations are a time to kick back and not think. But the best vacations cause you to experience something and learn from it. Such is my current vacation. While visiting my daughter in North Carolina, she suggested we visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I’m not much of a stock car […]

Where Presentation Power Comes From

  I do many classes, sermons, and presentations. I’ve had my share of flops but some are hits. A few months ago, I made a report to my church about the medical mission trip a group of us made to Nicaragua. (See previous blog posts for observations.) Afterwards, the most common comment was “you should have taken […]

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