An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see . . . → Read More: Building, working
This article critiques new directions for the US government agency USAID guided by Hillary Clinton’s State Department and the Obama administration.
In director Rajiv Shah’s recent policy speech, he indicates that the mission of genuine care and upliftment has been subsumed under the more dominant force of national self-interest, and further brought under the military . . . → Read More: Poor Direction for USAID
A good New York Times article by Meg Jay
Cohabitation in the United States has increased by more than 1,500 percent in the past half century. In 1960, about 450,000 unmarried couples lived together. Now the number is more than 7.5 million.
The territorial advances of moral relativism won since the sexual revolution are militantly . . . → Read More: The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage
This article examines the ideal of mutual respect, even appreciation among believers and people of conscience
Lent is a widely practiced time of reflection, repentance and renewal. Yet some Christians believe its observance is wrong.
Jonathan Sacks in the Times of London (July 22, 2011) posts an article inquiring into elements that create greatness.
What makes a champion? Is it down to hard work and repeated practice? There has been a splendid spate of books recently, from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers to Matthew Syed’s Bounce, on what makes great people great. . . . → Read More: Ritual develops habits that can lift us to greatness
Even a tiny request designed to create greater balance in US foreign policy is not fully granted by Congress, and not in the budget signed by President Obama
Robert Gates served as United States Secretary of Defense from November, 2006 (replacing Donald Rumsfeld) until April, 2011 (replaced by Leon Panetta). At his retirement ceremony . . . → Read More: Continued problems in US foreign policy
Abstract: The values of thrift and self-reliance are deeply etched into the history and memory of America’s pioneers. Today we see them returning with a vengeance in the groundswell called the Tea Party, and reshaping the political landscape. Yet in this dramatic process, much is not as it seems. Not appearances or rhetoric but . . . → Read More: Re-Valuing: A Way Through Illusions