Intelligent People

Intelligent People

I met a rare kind of person last week.

He was what I’ll describe as a genuinely intelligent person.

There are plenty of smart or knowledgeable people around, and given that I spend a lot of time around “academic types”…

Thinking Changes Things

In October 1929, the U.S. Stock Market crashed.

Investors lost billions of dollars; were drained of their sense of invincibility; and confronted with the limits of industrialization and human power.

This unprecedented event set in motion the Great Depression—a deep…

Are you speaking the truth in love?

I’m revisiting some of the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Few have written better on the matter of community.

I came across his thoughts on speaking the truth in love in community that I find timely.

I’ll confess I remain perpetually…

Something We Urgently Need to Improve Upon, and One Way to Do So


We urgently need to improve our listening.

Or, more precisely, at knowing how we’re listening (or not), and how to shift listening “channels.”


Sure, we’re not so bad at hearing and receiving communication, taking in information, and doing…

How to be a Popular Leader

Every once in a while I need to challenge someone by asking, “Do you want to be liked or do you want to be effective?”

In one sense it’s a false choice, but in another, leaders often will have to…

Learning and Experience

A couple of educators I know are high on what they call “experiential learning.”

They try to be “creative” in the use of “interactive” learning methods in their teaching: skits, simulations, role-play, art activity, dramatizations, etc.

Given the dearth of…

One stitch at a time: What My Grandmothers Taught Me

There was Nana Olson and there was Nana Yates and there was Gramma Westcott.

The older I get the more I am aware of what a lucky woman I am.

I was well into adulthood with children of my own…