Increasing Our Endurance

3 basic ways to give members of your family a backbone and staying power

Increasing our endurance is a key to having a long, productive life. The ability to make yourself do what you DON’T want to do (and to do it well) is vitally important. Without grit, fortitude and determination, success in the major endeavors of life can be overwhelmingly tough to obtain. In my early 20’s, I […]


Helpless Kids Hurt Society

Helpless babies need to transition into helpful adults.

Helpless babies are an expected thing. Temporary helplessness in growing children is a normal part of the developmental process. But at some point, helpless babies need to transition into helpful adults. The lack of competency in basic life skills is a BIG threat to our children’s future success in life. There is a huge nationwide […]


How Much Should a Family Man Work?

Should you work more or spend more time at home?

How do you balance the need to pay your bills with the need to be an active player in the fabric of your family? I once knew a man who was an ethical, brilliant businessman. He provided a very nice lifestyle for his family by spending 60 – 80 hours a week in the office […]


Don’t Just Stand There

Is good always the enemy of great? Can insisting on doing everything right prevent us from taking action at all?  These are thought-provoking questions recently asked by Dr. L. Roger Owens of Pittsburg Theological Seminary. “If a Job’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Poorly” Found at:] When I was growing up, I was regularly given […]


“Why Can’t I Find a Job?”

The relationship between young people and work has fascinated me for years. Why do some seem to be better able to survive and fend for themselves when they leave the nest of home? Why do others show such a spectacular display of “failure to launch syndrome?” I once had a friend who had owned several […]


“What? Make My Kids WORK?”

I believe that the doing of chores by our children is absolutely vital for their future well-being.  But that doesn’t mean that they all LIKE doing them. Some children start showing initiative while pretty young and are eager to do work for family members, friends and neighbors, no matter how tough the job or how […]


Gandhi’s 7 Deadly Social Sins

There are some basic principles of life that we ignore to our own and to our family’s peril. For example, we aren’t required to LIKE the law of gravity, but not understanding and using the associated forces correctly can lead to different types of danger. Such is the case with things like Gandhi’s “Social Sins.” […]


How Are You Punctuating Your Life?

By F. W. Emmons, 1873

As you read these two paragraphs, please note that each one is exactly the same, word for word, yet note the differences in meaning caused by the differences in punctuation.  Much in our lives depends on where we put the emphasis or punctuation. (RJ) The Good Man He is an old and experienced man. In […]


Don’t Be Afraid to Fail

United Technologies Corp. Wall Street Journal Ad, 1981

You’ve failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn’t you? Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike […]


Five Things I Want to Say to My Teen Students

By In-Jee Lee

(but don’t because teenagers are emotionally fragile) Note: In-Jee is a highly talented ESL Teacher who is known for her sharp wit and her zest for life.  I learned to respect her abilities when we were students together at Teaching House in lower Manhattan during the summer of 2011. (RJ) By In-Jee Lee Seoul, South […]