Working together

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller 1880 – 1968 I grew up in Mississippi, and in the late 1950s, I attended a program called Boys State/Girls State. The program was held in the legislative offices of the state capitol, and each participant was designated a senator or a representative, depending on age: college students were senators and high school students were representatives. The idea of the program was to teach young people about the legislative process. We introduced “legislative bills” and then had to work to get them passed by the group. …
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Do you follow the rules?

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. Confucius 551 – 479 B.C. You might remember Calvin and Hobbes, a wonderful comic strip from a few years back. Calvin was a young boy with a real streak of the devil in him. Hobbes was a stuffed tiger — except to Calvin. When they were alone, Hobbes came alive and was a real playmate; he and Calvin were best buddies. In one strip, Calvin and Hobbes were playing a game of Calvinball. Hobbes said that Calvin had run into an invisible sector. …
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Building a house

A man’s character is his fate. Heraclitus c. 540 – c. 480 B.C. Many years ago, I worked for a home building company, and I observed very interesting behavior among people purchasing custom-built homes prior to construction. Because of the soil conditions in the area, it was necessary to drive pilings to support the concrete slab. After the slab was poured, the frame was erected. New homeowners rarely visited the house prior to the framing, but once the house was framed and sheetrock was hung, the new owners generally stopped by every two or three days. The closer it got to completion, the …
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