My generation was supposedly about apathy. Disengaged. Slackers. What a crock.
Curiosity is on its own for most of this month because the sun is between Earth and Mars, blocking radio signals between the planets.
“I care too much,” Jeff says. “I worry about everyone. My girlfriend. My mom. My little sisters. I have an extreme heart.”
I once heard the job interview process described as “two people sitting across from each other while lying.” Maybe that’s a tad cynical, but even if there are no blatant falsehoods a lot of exaggeration and misrepresentation comes from both sides of the interview desk. The Society of Human Resource Managers recently released a survey that shows nearly 50 percent of employees and 40 percent of employers feel misled and disappointed in the new job or new employee — even with multiple interviews, a job description, personality and skills tests, a good resume and references checks. So what can be done? The Blue Mountain Humane Society may have the answer. I couldn’t adopt my dog Charlie until he had stayed with me for a few days on a “get acquainted” visit. They wanted me to make an informed decision and living together for a few days was the best way. I wanted a walking partner, someone to make sure I exercised in fresh air and got my mind off the challenges at work. And what is more relaxing than watching a dog run and jump with pure joy as he snags a Frisbee?
We live in what is described as a “post-Christian era.” That means the church is no longer relevant and has lost its influence. This is a sad commentary, but I believe the Church can be revived as we look at the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Certainly an increase of hedonism, secularism, relativism and humanism have captivated people’s hearts and minds, but I believe more recent cultural pressures, such as the emphasis on tolerance, political correctness and moral relativity have done more to silence Christians than anything else.
It’s becoming clear why Weight Watchers dominates the marketplace. I’ve been on the program for three weeks and I’m within one pound of reaching my first goal.
Much of the discourse about higher education in recent years has been negative, but as I sit in my office writing this column on a beautiful spring afternoon in College Place I am optimistic. The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and our campus is teeming with enthusiastic young people soaking up new knowledge, learning about themselves and the world and dreaming about a bright future.
There are no dead-end jobs. Every job requires skills and knowledge, and every job can be performed better or worse because of the talent, initiative and creativity of the job holder. Some jobs require very specialized knowledge and skills: air traffic controller, medical lab tech, dog groomer. They don’t have much of a career ladder, but they aren’t dead-enders, either. People in those jobs will (or will not) be reliable, show good judgment, and have the patience to work with difficult people. They will (or will not) show a desire to improve their performance and understand their customers and the business.
Friends and followers have been asking me for the latest news about my 92-year-old mother, whom we affectionately call Mummy. Mummy has shown signs of dementia for about five years and is in the beginnings of severe Alzheimer’s disease. After moving into assisted living last fall, Mummy’s symptoms worsened significantly and she continues in a downward spiral.
I like to walk in solitude and pray. When we lived in Kansas City, there was a park near our home that was the perfect place to get away from the busyness of life and get alone with God.
There are no dead-end jobs. Every job requires skills and knowledge, and every job can be performed better or worse because of the talent, initiative and creativity of the job holder.
Every year in late April, those of us who watch the night sky are treated to the Lyrid meteor shower. Not to be confused with the Leonid shower that occurs in November, this shower has been viewed longer than any other, with its first recorded observation over 2,600 years ago.
Friends and followers have been asking me for the latest news about my 92-year-old mother, whom we affectionately call Mummy.
Many years ago a business owner asked me for advice on firing his one and only employee. They were good friends and the business owner didn’t want to talk to his friend about performance problems. He thought it would be easier if I came in and did the firing for him.
Recently many around the world watched a little chimney on the roof of one of the most iconic places of worship in the world, the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel. When the smoke came out white, Roman Catholics everywhere knew that they had a new leader. Personally, and I believe I speak for the vast majority of Protestants, I wish Pope Francis well, that he might lead with the grace of Christ empowered by the Holy Spirit.