Useful Quotations on Work and Labor

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. Proverbs 22:29 – Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 18:9 – He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys. Ecclesiastes 9:10 – Whatever… Read More Useful Quotations on Work and Labor

Why Talk?

Last month I attended triservice Disaster Management classes in San Antonio, TX. We did many team simulations and during a break I chatted with a teammate, Sarah, a Navy environmental health officer. She had only been in uniform a few months, previously working as an environmental lobbyist in Washington DC. A single female in her… Read More Why Talk?

Third Date Sex?

The Unrecognized Tragedy of Extramarital Sex. As family physician, minister, father or friend, I am privileged to talk to a wide variety of people. I recently met a young woman, not long divorced, who is struggling with past abuse, present financial difficulties, and future uncertainty. We talked many times about the challenges she faced. Shortly… Read More Third Date Sex?

How to Improve your Health and Health Care

Throughout Central Asia, the Middle East, and much of the developing world, people have told me that they cannot get good medical care. In some cases good care is too expensive, in other cases medical care is affordable but poor quality, and in still other cases medical care, good or bad, does not exist. Some… Read More How to Improve your Health and Health Care

How ordinary people can contribute to extraordinary change

Ordinary people often feel powerless to improve our society, or even our lives. We can, and we do, but we can do it better.  Last night after dinner my family and I were discussing some of the Middle East events of the day, and the picture was not pretty. Fighters from the Islamic State of… Read More How ordinary people can contribute to extraordinary change

How Much Do Leaders Care?

It is true that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care   1.    A husband and father earns the right to lead his family by caring for his wife and children. 2.    A minister earns the right to preach by caring for his congregation. 3.    A physician earns… Read More How Much Do Leaders Care?

Life’s Biggest Blessings – A Large Family

My in-laws had two children, one girl and one boy, but my father-in-law always wanted more. My parents had two sons, and sometimes said they wished they had also had a girl. I have often met people in the autumn of their lives who wished they had had more children, but never any who wanted… Read More Life’s Biggest Blessings – A Large Family

A Christian View of Marriage

“Marriage is like a three ring circus; engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffer-ring.” Anon. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle”. Irina Dunn, Australian feminist, 1970 “The nuclear family must be destroyed… Whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process.” — Linda Gordon, American feminist… Read More A Christian View of Marriage

Getting Rich vs. Growing Rich in Investments

King Solomon once noted that there is really nothing new under the sun. Others have opined that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Acquiring wealth is no exception. Getting Rich Quickly? People have been trying to “get rich quick” since the dawn of time, and the vast majority have been wiped… Read More Getting Rich vs. Growing Rich in Investments

Confidence in Hard Economic Times

The chattering class in Washington DC and elsewhere is abuzz with concern about the “fiscal cliff”, involving legislation passed in the summer of 2011 requiring tax increases and spending cuts to decrease the exploding US Federal deficit. The Washington Post suggests that this “fiscal cliff” would raise taxes over $2,000 per year on many middle… Read More Confidence in Hard Economic Times