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COMMENTARY 941.1: Box Full of Love

July 17, 2015 Caring, Compassion

Todd was a sadly quiet eleven-year-old struggling to adjust to the death of his mother. His father left long ago and he was living with an aunt who made it known that she resented the responsibility. On several occasions, Sheryl, the boy’s teacher, heard the aunt tell Todd, “If it weren’t for my generosity you […]

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.QUOTE: Trust is like a paper, once it’s crumbled it can’t be perfect.

July 16, 2015 Commentaries

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COMMENTARY 940.5: Do I Have to Tell Everything?

July 16, 2015 Choices

Can a job applicant properly withhold information about a criminal record or being fired in a previous job? Can a woman who has just started dating properly say nothing about a previous marriage or abortion? These are problems of candor: When does an ethical person have a duty to reveal negative information about his past? […]

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COMMENTARY 940.4: Mental Sunshine and Flowers

July 15, 2015 Caring, Compassion

Dave had to undergo painful throat surgery. Since he’s not a young man and makes his living as a professional speaker, the experience was frightening and traumatic. He told me his surgeon was skilled and the hospital workers were competent, but the cold indifference of the parade of nurses and doctors who came in and […]

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COMMENTARY 940.3: Using All Your Strength

July 14, 2015 Choices

A young boy was walking with his father along a country road. When they came across a very large tree branch the boy asked, “Do you think I could move that branch?” His father answered, “If you use all your strength, I’m sure you can.” So the boy tried mightily to lift, pull and push […]

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COMMENTARY 940.2: The Struggle Between Wants and Shoulds

July 13, 2015 Commentaries

As a full-time ethicist – can you believe there is such a thing? – I spend most of my time talking about right and wrong with parents and politicians, kids and corporate managers, journalists and generals. One thing I’ve learned is that ethics – being a good person and doing the right thing – is […]

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QUOTE: Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

July 10, 2015 Commentaries

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COMMENTARY 940.1: The Ethics of Gay Rights and Same-Sex Marriage

July 10, 2015 Caring, Compassion

(This is one of those commentaries that evokes passionate response and, sadly, a few people will disagree so strongly that they decide to cut me out of their lives by cancelling their newsletter subscription or putting me on the “block sender” list. I realize the issue of same-sex marriage is only one aspect of the […]

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QUOTE: A friend is one who knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you become, and still gently invites you to grow.

July 8, 2015 Commentaries

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COMMENTARY 939.4: Enough Is Enough

July 8, 2015 Choices

What does it take to make you happy? How much do you have to have to be grateful? To the barefoot man, happiness is a pair of old shoes. To the man with old shoes, it’s a pair of new shoes. To the man with new shoes, it’s more stylish shoes. And, of course, the […]

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QUOTE: I have no riches but my thoughts.  Yet these are wealth enough for me.”  Sara Teasdale

July 8, 2015 Commentaries
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COMMENTARY 939.3: Happiness and Purpose

July 7, 2015 Choices

As you celebrate the Fourth of July, please take time to discuss with your family the historical and spiritual significance of the Declaration of Independence and the 56 men who risked their lives issuing one of the great documents in human history. At the core of the Declaration is the profound assertion that each of […]

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COMMENTARY 939.2: Learning From Pigeons

July 6, 2015 Choices

During an experiment, pigeons were put in cages with one green and one red button.  In one cage, if the birds pecked the green button they would get food every time.  In the other, the green button yielded food erratically and the pigeons had to persist to get enough food.  In both cases, pecking the […]

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Happy 4th of July

July 4, 2015 Quotes, Observations

Love your country. Your country is the land where your parents sleep, where is spoken that language in which the chosen of your heart, blushing, whispered the first word of love; it is the home that God has given you that by striving to perfect yourselves therein you may prepare to ascend to him. ~Giuseppe […]

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WORTH SEEING: Poster- One’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle. ~George William Curtis

July 3, 2015 Quotes, Observations
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COMMENTARY 939.1: Being Decisive

July 3, 2015 Commentaries

Frank is a new supervisor who wants to do well. Maria consistently comes in late. When he confronts her, she makes a joke out of it. Hoping to win friendship and loyalty, Frank is painfully patient with her, but Pat, a conscientious employee, urges him to do more. Soon others begin to come in late, […]

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COMMENTARY 938.5: The Road to Significance

July 2, 2015 Commentaries

The most traditional way to measure the quality of one’s life is to evaluate success by listing accolades, achievements, and acquisitions. After all, in its simplest terms, success is getting what we want and most people want wealth and status. Yet, as much pleasure as these attributes can bring, the rich, powerful, and famous usually […]

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COMMENTARY 938.4: Is Happiness Around the Corner?

July 1, 2015 Commentaries

For lots of people, happiness is just around the corner. They just need to get their degree, a particular job, a promotion, or a raise. Maybe they’re waiting to get married or have a child. Perhaps they will be happy when they retire. Alfred D’ Souza said, “For a long time it seemed to me […]

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COMMENTARY 938.3: The Truth About Trust

June 30, 2015 Choices

Everyone seems to understand the importance of trust. No one seems to doubt the vital role that  it plays in personal relationships, business and politics. We want to trust the people in our lives and we want them to trust us. Trust is so hard to earn and so easy to lose. So why do […]

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Memo From Michael 938.2: Good Wolf Versus Evil Wolf

June 29, 2015 Memo From Michael

I haven’t written a personal note for quite a while. Earlier this week I revealed that I have been preoccupied for more than six months with a lawsuit my family and I reluctantly filed against the Archer School for Girls, its head of school Elizabeth English and its Board of Trustees (see JosephsonVsArcher.com to read […]

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Must Read Poster & Quote 2: 06-26-15

June 26, 2015 Commentaries

The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been. –Albert Einstein  

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Must Read Poster & Quote 1: 06-26-15

June 26, 2015 Commentaries

It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not. –Denis Waitley  

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