Focus…

IC88CF45C-A0D7-44D0-A313-64EF4BE5F2F2 was driving on the freeway, a flat, straight stretch of road. It was actually kind of boring, so I began to look around. I saw a field of corn on one side, and a pasture with a few cows grazing under the shade of a clump of trees on the other. I noticed something else. I had to make a conscious effort to avoid steering the car in the Continue reading

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Generosity and Greed…

BE7B2FCB-AEA8-4097-9401-16B038B594F0One of the most common complaints I hear about politicians and people in powerful positions is that all they are after is more money. While this may be true in some cases, it is highly improbable that all of them are, in fact, I happen to know quite a number of wealthy, powerful people who are actually quite generous with their Continue reading

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Counter Intuitive Principles…

3226FA9E-41CA-446F-BD4C-549E401227AFOne of the principles that I try to run my business as well as my personal finances by is to keep my spending at a lower rate than my income. The rationale behind this philosophy is quite logical. If the business is going to actually make money, it has to bring more money in than it costs to run the business. If those numbers get inverted for too long, it is called running at a deficit, which eventually will lead to bankruptcy Continue reading

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Conscience…

EF3B8F08-A60C-4CF7-9097-94C52A08AA4DI find it interesting that most atheists that I have had conversations with will concede that they have a sense of right and wrong. If God does not exist, where does this sense come from? What is it within each of us that causes us to look around to make certain no one is watching before we steal an item off a shelf at Walmart? If we truly do not think it is wrong to steal, what difference does it make if someone Continue reading

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Nose Ring…

D843BE57-61B9-44B3-B8BD-7382A8FDCDEEI remember quite vividly the very first time I saw a nose ring. I can’t have been more than about six years old. My father had bought a big old breeder bull to breed our small herd of cows, and in order to be able to better control that huge animal, he had purchased a large ring for that bull’s nose. In order to install the ring, we had to immobilize the bull in what was called a head-gate, which was securely fastened Continue reading

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A Matter of Life & Death…

37B5092D-B188-4842-AA09-247BE54F0D00A situation where a person’s life is at risk without some sort of intervention is sometimes called a matter of life and death. It is typically at times like this that someone will dial 911 to call emergency response teams to the scene. One of two minutes can be the difference between life and death, which is why emergency vehicles have lights and sirens, giving them the right of way to get to the scene as Continue reading

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Have a Little Respect…

72AF5434-8AD0-4F98-B478-FC54E85FB8C7My wife teaches prospective nurses how to be good nurses. What I find surprising is how much of being a good nurse is incumbent upon maintaining a respectful and gracious attitude toward patients and co-workers, treating them with kindness even when tired and stressed. The healthcare field is often a highly stressful field in which to work and nurses often work twelve hour shifts. The times when a persons Continue reading

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