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...

The True Comfort Zone

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -C.S. Lewis Unless you’re looking to become an onstage performer, one of...

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