Life Skills

April 14, 2015

Humanness and Empathy

One of the most important parts of interpersonal communication is the ability to empathize with another. This is sometimes hard to do because we don’t […]
January 21, 2015

Connecting on a Cruise

My wife and I usually take a winter cruise to enjoy warm weather instead of suffering in the frigid Midwest.  The experience, however, is also […]
November 9, 2013

What Kind of Conversation Was That?

You can tell how important something is by the number of words used to describe it. For example, according to anthropologist Franz Boaz, the Eskimo […]
May 15, 2013

The Green Monster: A Case Study of Handling Customer Complaints

Our friend Tom owns a waste management company called Green Monster Recycling and Disposal. All his trucks are green and his recycling program emphasizes being green. […]
October 18, 2012

Not All Valuable Information is Found by Googling

I grew up in the card catalogue era. If you don’t know what that is, ask your parents. Today I can ask my students a […]
September 19, 2012

Speaking Without Notes

My greatest fear in speaking came to reality for me Sunday. I forgot my speaking notes for both my class and my sermon!  I did […]
July 5, 2012

An Unusual Landfill

One of the blessings I never thought much about is the USA system of disposing of trash.  Landfills may not always have the best aroma […]
June 20, 2012

Tied to Surroundings?

When I was a young person, playing basketball was definitely a priority over studying . Every spare moment I was in the back yard shooting or in the […]