"Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." The first statement is a belief. The second statement is a dogma. It's hard to tell the difference, isn't it? Let me take the conversation further so that the difference becomes clear. Belief "Dasher is the fastest reindeer." "Are you sure? I thought it was … Continue reading Belief vs. dogma
I don’t have to tell y’all that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — delivered 156 years ago today — is considered one of the finest and most influential speeches of all time (miles ahead of Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Academy Awards speech). However, it took a while for the Gettysburg Address to gain full respect. The cheek of … Continue reading That time when Lincoln was ‘dishwatery’
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutely … Continue reading How not to feel like an idiot
The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make a … Continue reading Ford vs. Kavanaugh
Sunlight becomes momentary diamonds on the water. I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm as equipped to write authentic Japanese haiku as I am to write actuarial valuation reports. I don't even know what I just said. Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a … Continue reading Haiku in the summertime
Uproar #1,855 of 2018: Attorney General Jeff Sessions invokes the Bible to defend the Trump administration's enforcement of immigration law. What exactly did Sessions say in a speech to law enforcement officers on June 14? I checked four sources and came up with two different versions. (That should remind us to check multiple sources and realize … Continue reading The Sessions Bible
"I guess they finally figured out that it only takes one man to do the job of two women.” A rolling pin "is useful for making pie crusts or for keeping wayward wives in line”. “Whatever men do they must do twice as well as women to be thought half as good. Luckily this is … Continue reading Does this achieve gender equality?
Tiny frog unseen until leaping from the bright leaf I love the challenge of haiku. Reading it and writing it. Haiku in English, that is. I'm not quite up for the challenge of real Japanese haiku! Still, English haiku has its demands that make it a beautiful process and product. SYLLABLES • That sensational syllabic structure … Continue reading Springtime for haiku
We've all done it. We've inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you'll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number one … Continue reading Five ways to sharpen your thinking skills
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?