March 24, 2017

To be one, to be united is a great thing.  But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.  – Bono

March 23, 2017

Music is natural uniter.  There are only so many notes in a scale, and the way they are played tend to elicit similar reactions regardless of the listener’s background or affiliations.  The chords of the human heart have been strummed by musicians throughout the ages, for better and for worse.

Here are a few songs from the last 5 decades that m...

March 23, 2017

How many compliments did I offer today?  How many criticisms did I offer today?

March 22, 2017

How Good is your vision?  Good eyes are those that see the good in others.

March 21, 2017

One of the first things you have to do to give someone permission to change their mind is to lower their defenses and prevent them from digging their heels in to the position they already staked out. If I immediately start to tell you all the ways in which you’re wrong, there’s no incentive for you to co-operate. – Arthur Markman, Psychology Profes...

March 20, 2017

Powerful article in today’s Hollywood Reporter about the pervasive fear in Hollywood and the “deafness on both sides.”

“In an astonishing reversal of Hollywood history, just as liberals here once considered themselves an endangered species, so do conservatives today. They no longer are free to talk in the open, because they feel — rightly — we’re no...

March 20, 2017

Every life is a sub-plot in the singular story that is being told through all of us.

March 17, 2017

Civil discord is not just a modern problem. Neither is interpersonal conflict. There have always been those who are too pushy and obnoxious, and there have always been those who teach us how to communicate more effectively and respectfully.

The French philosopher Blaise Pascal provided us with some timeless tips that are as relevant today as they we...

March 17, 2017

There is good within everyone, though it may be buried beneath layers of pain and fear. We are often able to elicit the hidden good simply by trusting in them and helping them to remember it within themselves.

March 16, 2017

When you think cheerleaders or dance squad, spoken word poetry and profound social commentary are probably not the first things that comes to mind.

The Mahomet-Seymour High School dance team is no ordinary dance squad, and this is no ordinary performance.

Check it out by clicking the image, or this link: “What Room for Fear?”

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