The Man with the Burnt Face

The Man with the Burnt Face

Dad was watching Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera, the black-and-white 1925 film, on our black-and-white 1965 TV. This was not a family evening, just Dad relaxing with a Salem menthol or two after supper and a hard day’s work. I watched a little bit of the movie...

Respect Everyone. Fear No One.

“Respect everyone. Fear no one.” I love this saying, which I first heard in reference to bicycle racing. The rider shows up for a race or a ride and sees the other riders. That rider might take some riders too lightly based on appearances and be unpleasantly...

Being Better than Not-Bad

Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well. -Lord Chesterfield One of the assignments for students in my FIZ courses is making a one-minute spontaneous speech about something that is important to them as individuals. I refer to this as the “passionate...

Thinking Inside the Box

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. -Rita Mae Brown Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. -Erich Fromm Most of us have heard and are probably sick of that rather threadbare cliche, “thinking...

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