What’s the cost of being right?

This is the grave of Mike O’Day, He died defending his right of way, His right was clear, his will was strong But he is just as dead as if he’d been wrong. Anonymous How much are you willing to pay to be right? We often pay far too much to defend our right to be right. I don’t mean upholding the non-negotiable items that make up our core values; I’m referring to the everyday moments when we defend our right to be right without considering the cost. This issue can probably be illustrated best with an example. Some time …
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What makes a good teacher?

All those who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth. Aristotle 384 – 322 B.C. If you had the ability to choose, would you rather send your child to a school where all the teachers were certified or one where they all had master’s degrees? In America, most states require teachers to be certified, which is a costly process. Getting a master’s degree can be even more expensive. The question, of course, is which is better. So take a moment to think about it. Quoting from …
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Feeding squirrels

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! William Hazlitt 1778 – 1830 Several years ago, we moved into a house with a wonderful backyard. It was spacious, with mature trees and a hearty squirrel population. The squirrels took refuge in the trees and lived off their fruits; one of the larger trees produced small red berries that seemed to be a staple of the squirrels’ diet. One morning I observed a daredevil squirrel climbing an extremely small branch to get berries. The branch was …
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