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Some Hard Truths About Human Population Growth

From one billion to eight billion in two hundred years. Is it really sustainable for our planet to try to support so many people?

25 Apr 2024 · Essay

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With dawn approaching, stars twinkle in the sky above the famous tree at Lake Wanaka, on New Zealand's South Island.

Reflections on the Christian Message

As I’ve confessed on previous occasions, I don’t really think of myself as a Christian, although I was raised by at least one parent who was a reliable Methodist for most of her life. But I’ve been reflecting on the Christian message recently, and since Christmas is approaching, I suppose there’s no better time of year for this sort of contemplation. When I think of the overarching message of Christ, three central concepts stand out for me.

04 Dec 2023 · Essay

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They All Laughed

I first heard this song as part of the soundtrack to a movie with the same name, made by Peter Bogdanovich in 1981. The movie is worth watching, if you like quirky (as I generally do), but it was the song that stuck with me. This was really my introduction to the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, with George supplying the music, and brother Ira providing the lyrics.

31 Oct 2023 · Appreciation

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Multi-colored fingerprint

Managing Our Identity Stacks

While reading David R. Samson’s book Our Tribal Drive I came across a new concept, called an identity stack. This seems to be a really useful way to think about our identities, and how they are constructed.

29 Sep 2023 · Essay

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Continuous Improvement book with people, light bulb, gears and upward arrow

A Universal Improvement Process

These are the elements of a generalized improvement process, integrating components of natural selection, the scientific method and various disciplines for product and process improvement.

13 May 2023 · Essay

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Group of orange beaked white geese during a golden sunset.

Keeping to the Cackle with AI

Producing speech that sounds meaningful but has no genuine thought behind it is nothing new – humans have been doing this for years, without any help from newfangled chatbots.

31 Mar 2023 · Essay

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Four Aces from a deck of cards

The Four Essential Attributes of any Organization

In order to survive and thrive, any organization must possess the following four characteristics: Identity, Integrity, Differentiation, and Profitability.

08 Feb 2023 · Essay

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Bo's Lasting Lessons book cover

Schembechler, Bacon and Leadership

I have a leadership video I’d like to share with you. And then I’d like to point out several valuable leadership lessons to be gleaned from this entertaining tale of a fiery confrontation between famed football coach Bo Schembechler and one of his student athletes, as recounted by award-winning raconteur John U. Bacon.

06 Feb 2023 · Essay

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Train to Birmingham

Southerner Thomas Wolfe, in his book You Can’t Go Home Again, wrote about our inability to travel back in time and return to our origins. John Hiatt seemed to have had much the same sentiments in mind when he penned his song “Train to Birmingham.”

03 Feb 2023 · Appreciation

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Elephant destroys a wall and passes through it.

Thank God for Elon Musk!

Many people had gotten used to thinking of Twitter as a sort of public space, a digital town square where every reasonable person could find their own soapbox, and perhaps even a few people to stop and listen to them once in a while. But then Musk came along.

17 Dec 2022 · Essay

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