So, God made a Farmer

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker” — so, God made a Farmer. God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper, then go to town and stay past … Read more

Cider

by Linda Heins Fall is a time when a person can savor the bounty of the earth, laugh at how our breath on a crisp morning makes us look like dragons and practice trust falling onto a freshly raked pile of bright, crunchy leaves. At this time of year my mind travels back before cell … Read more

People Skills to Help You Prosper

Why “Soft Skills” are important at home and at work. If you or a loved one has ever been hospitalized, then you may understand how important it is to have a nurse with “Soft Skills”. All nurses will have a deep understanding of the body and medical treatments, but without the addition of compassion, good … Read more

Belief and Trust

The Great Blondin was a tightrope walker whose greatest stunt was walking on a tightrope across the raging Niagara Falls pushing a wheelbarrow. Before he began his wheelbarrow stunt, when he asked the watching crowd if they believed he could do it, they all roared ‘Yes’. After the stunt when he asked them if anyone … Read more

How to be more creative

What is Creativity? The modern view of creativity, as we view it today, developed during the 1920s following the birth of psychology at the end of the 19th century. Prior to this time, ideas or innovations were described as “discoveries”, “divine inspiration”, or a product of imagination and/or intelligence.  Only recently do we associate creativity … Read more

Who Packed Your Parachute?

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.  Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet … Read more

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire. Well, maybe, not.

Jumping to conclusions is where people reach a premature conclusion on the basis of too little information. For example, believing the neighbor’s house is on fire solely on the evidence of seeing smoke coming out of their kitchen window. Taking a little time to understand the situation may just reveal your neighbor’s zeal to learn … Read more

Shake it Off and Step Up

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway. It just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his … Read more

The Story of the Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. The grandson had been bullied by some peers and he was angry and upset, telling his grandfather “I will make them pay someday”.  The grandfather told him: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it … Read more

“Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”

On Sept. 21, 1897, The New York Sun published what was to become the most widely read letter to a newspaper. It was sent in July of 1897 by 8-year-old Manhattan resident,  Virginia O’Hanlon. Below is the full text of her letter and the reply by Sun lead editorial writer Francis Pharcellus Church which originally … Read more