Becoming Quite or Speaking Louder

It’s interesting to watch and observe different reactions of individuals when their views, ideas, or opinions are not validated, agreed with, challenged, or attacked. It’s hard to hold onto your view when someone else doesn’t agree with it. That challenge increases when your view is challenged or attacked. Those who revert to going quite or…

Don’t give Fear your Integrity.

I’ve been working through the different writing classes on Master Class, each taught by a different author. I’ve finished three of the authors’ classes and am working on my fourth. Initially I planned on just taking Malcolm Gladwell’s class. Of all the authors available to learn from on Master Class, his genre and style of…

Circumstances

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. People who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. Quoted in John Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 15th edition, ed. I read those…

Is it Honorable to be Obedient and Loyal?

What does it mean to be obedient and loyal? What does it mean to defer and submit? Is it always virtuous to be obedient, loyal? Is it ever virtuous to defer and submit? After ordering his sailors in the longboat to all follow the mate’s order, and to do nothing without his consent, Harris called…

Split Second

Before we proceed with some of our actions we have time to evaluate and weigh out the options in an effort to make the best decision for the specific situation before we act. And then other moments we have but a split second to react. It was Sunday evening, four days after Christmas, around 5…

Why I Write

My goal isn’t to win some sort of imaginary debate. I want to develop my ability to artfully articulate my thoughts. And I want to develop my ability to create a good argument and using sound reasoning in my discussions. But my focus in developing these skills isn’t so that I can convince and persuade…

The Destroyer of Marriage (and every other relationship)

Ego. It’s only three letters, but it’s powerfully destructive. Part of it’s power lies in it’s ability to be somewhat invisible. We had an aspen tree in our backyard that was tall and beautiful. It happened to be the only mature tree in our backyard at the time. It was also the only source of…

I Think This Is A Bad Idea

When the Babolinan empire was busy constructing the tower of Babel, there was a group of people that left the spectacular city, their homeland, in search of a new place to live. And they didn’t just move from one city to the next, they moved from one continent to another. They built their own barges…

Is it Morally Wrong to Manipulate Emotion?

There was this moment in the live performance of the musical The Scarlet Pimpernel where the clever devious Pimpernel is with his group of men sailing on a ship to France on one of their most important missions. As the song unfolds the story, the men are moving around on the ship getting into disguise….

Mini Memoir: The Green Stove

I sometimes wonder where some of my memories from my early childhood came from. Is it possible for me to recall something that happened when I was nearly two years old, or do I remember it because of the photos I’ve seen and conversations I’ve heard years after the moment occurred? In the days of…