I AM NINTH…..MAYBE 11TH

We are our choices. Sartre Many years ago, a man named Gale Sayers wrote a book entitled, I am Third. Sayers’ book became popular, largely because of his fame as a professional football icon with the Chicago Bears. But the value of his writing was to be found in its...

GIFTS

Talent is its own expectation: you either live up to it or it waves a hankie, receding forever. David Foster Wallace What exactly is a gift? Let’s begin by moving away from wrapping paper, Amazon shopping, and Santa. What’s the definition of a gift? Actually, there...

SOCRATES – THE CLIFF NOTES

I cannot teach people anything; I can only make them think. Socrates SOCRATES – THE CLIFF NOTESOne of the many blessings of my married life is an intelligent spouse with an active mind. For no apparent reason, my wife Anita suggested that we generate a...

A CASE FOR CIVILITY

The open-minded see the truth in different things; the narrow –minded see only the differences. AnonymousDuring the course of a recent discussion about current events, I referenced the parable of “the blind men from India and the elephant.” For those of you not...

THE ROOT CAUSE

For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong. MenckenI recently had occasion read one of my graduate student’s papers. The assignment was to explore elements of a rather complex topic, and the student had done a thorough and articulate...