Thrown overboard into a cold, dark sea

In 1620, an indentured servant named John Howland climbed the rigging aboard a ship called the Mayflower in the middle of a storm and was violently thrown overboard. As the 28-year-old plunged toward certain death, his hand touched a rope that had come loose from the...

Get ready: The crisis is almost upon us

If President Trump fires Special Counsel Robert Mueller — which I believe he has already decided to do once there’s no other way of avoiding pending criminal charges — then 2018 is shaping up to be a year of national crisis like no living American...

It doesn’t all come down to money

The one quote by Mao Zedong that every American seems to know is this one, from 1938: “Political power grows from the barrel of a gun.”¬† A couple instances over the past week reminded me of this line. The more recent one was something Jeff Daniel’s...
The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

The right thing at the wrong time isn’t right

If you were to observe spirituality as a theme in my life, the intensity of the attention I put toward it would look something like an electrocardiogram: A wobble, a relatively short burst of energy and insight, followed by a longer period of integration and/or...

What are the limits? A guide to better decisions

I logged about 12 years as a newspaper editor of one sort or another, with roughly seven of those years spent as a city editor. City editors typically supervise the largest staff of reporters and editors in the newsroom, which means you have to develop functional...
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