Intuition rejects any notion that colon cancer is related to exercise. The only way to exercise a colon is a five-course meal or a double serving of frijoles. Colon cancer seems obviously caused by carcinogens that come in direct contact with the bowel wall. Well, that is part of the story.
As soon as I became consistent in how I applied rules and expectations my dog Charlie became a good dog. It wasn’t a coincidence. He could finally see a pattern and could predict my reaction to his behavior. Charlie is my first dog and it took me a while to realize that the “trial and error” method to setting expectations for Charlie wasn’t working. I didn’t know what I should expect from him when I brought him home so I stayed flexible and accommodating. I wanted him be happy; he had been living a rough life scavenging and I was ready to pamper him. My approach couldn’t have been more wrong. Charlie’s sense of security comes from a predictable routine; no surprises, no changes. A few clear rules and boundaries and he is a happy dog. This isn’t to say that he doesn’t misbehave; he knows exactly how long he can bark at a cat before he gets the “no barking” command.
A small booklet entitled “My Heart, Christ’s Home” proclaims in vivid fashion how the Lord Jesus Christ dwells in the hearts of those who place their faith in Him. The Bible says, “Christ dwells in our hearts through faith.” Because He lives in our hearts, He has access to our motives and intentions. He is aware of the contents stored in our thoughts and desires. He is our Lord and has authority over what is kept in his home and what is to be expelled.
Just about everyone sees themselves as a good employee. About a third of us are deluded. I blame parents. My theory is that our parents are the first “boss” most of us experience. They set the expectation that misbehavior has consequences. They make us understand the importance of punctuality, honesty, dependability and cooperation with others. Back in the days when I spent a good chunk of my time training new college grads I could predict who would be a challenge by asking if their parents had rules that came with consequences. If they did, half my work was done.
Curiosity, we may have a problem. Because Congress failed to pass a budget or an emergency spending bill, the federal government has been in shutdown mode since Oct. 1. This forced NASA to furlough 97 percent of its employees and cease most of its operations.
Like many words in common usage, “science” has come to mean different things. Its meaning also often depends on the context in which it is used. What are the distinguishing characteristics of science?
How often do doctors make an error in diagnosis? Take a guess. That’s the first issue in today’s look into the medical and scientific literature.
Some people, probably most of us, are best enjoyed in small doses. And that’s what makes harmony in the workplace a real challenge. Forty hours a week working with a person who annoys you is a pain in the tuchas. About a year ago I began posting the Fair Exchange columns on my website. This past week I did a quick analysis of which columns get the most interest — and it isn’t the ones that I fuss over and rewrite several times. The winner (by a landslide) is “Obnoxious employee? — deal with it before his co-workers do.” I shouldn’t be surprised.
Have you ever made a mistake and wished you could go back and make it right? Maybe you said something you shouldn’t have, or didn’t say something when you should have. That sickening feeling of regret. I remember seeing a girl standing alone the first day of junior high. She wore different clothes, thick glasses and had a painfully thin frame. She was an easy target for kids dealing with their own identity issues by being bullies.
I salute the many good Samaritans in our community.
Facts and tips on water usage and conservation are presented weekly by the City of Walla Walla, in partnership with Walla Walla Community College and the Union-Bulletin.
About every 175 years the orbits of the outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — are arranged so that a spacecraft on a particular flight path can swing from one planet to the next without the need for large onboard propulsion systems.
At Trilogy Recovery Community, to quote poet Robert Frost, we “go to school the youth to learn the future.”
It’s 5 o’clock and your work-day has come to an end and you are feeling good!
Over the years I have worked with all types of performance evaluation systems. Most were way too complicated. And I have worked with many companies that had no performance evaluation system in place. But that doesn’t mean managers weren’t evaluating the employees; they just weren’t telling the employees what they thought of their performance. Now, if I ask a supervisor to identify the top, average and weak performers in her work unit she can immediately identify the best and worst employees. Everyone else will fall in the middle — the “good enough” employees. If I ask supervisors to explain why Joe or Jane was in the group of “best” employees rather than with the middle bunch, they will talk about the best employees as the reliable, highly skilled problem solvers.
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