2017 November

ONWARDS TO EXCELLENCE

ONWARDS TO EXCELLENCE

My friend’s daughter, Jenni, is 12 years old and enrolled in a high-commitment gymnastics program. Four times a week, she practices after school for four hours. She does her homework in the car on the... Read More »

MY ACONCAGUA

MY ACONCAGUA

When I was a child, my father joined a mountain-climbing club where people from all around Rio would meet on Sundays to climb together. Once he had learned the main tracks, he began taking his kids an... Read More »

THE RISE OF THE PROBLEM-SOLVER

THE RISE OF THE PROBLEM-SOLVER

Some friends and I were helping to prepare a beauty salon for opening,and my part involved setting up the in-house entertainment system. The salon’s setup included individual TV sets for each of the s... Read More »

DEALING WITH DRAGONS

DEALING WITH DRAGONS

The Hobbit, a fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving hobbit who is thrust into an unwanted quest for dragon treasure with a wizard and a group of dwarves. O... Read More »

TO THE FINISH LINE!

TO THE FINISH LINE!

We can find inspiration from the life of John Stephen Akhwari, as told in Bud Greenspan’s book 100 Greatest Moments in Olympic History. When the winner crossed the finish line in the 1968 Mexico City ... Read More »

ALL WINNERS

ALL WINNERS

I have a confession: I really like to win! Whether it’s at sports, a board game, or—unfortunately—a disagreement, my competitiveness comes to the fore and I have to try to come out on top. No game is ... Read More »

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?

As a child, I loved to visit my grandmother Sabina’s small house in the mountains. My aunt Iota lived next door, so my sister and I would spend our days exploring with our cousins, going to the waterf... Read More »

FLOWERS OF HEAVEN

FLOWERS OF HEAVEN

It’s not surprising that the Bible has inspired countless artists; the text is full of vivid pictures. Take this passage, for instance: “You have planted much but harvest little. You eat but are not s... Read More »

ACCESSORIES NOT INCLUDED!

ACCESSORIES NOT INCLUDED!

Advertisements generally portray more than the item on sale. An ad for a plastic inflatable pool might show a happy family having a great time splashing in the water. But if you get the pool, will you... Read More »

LIVING THE DREAM

LIVING THE DREAM

“I need money—lots of money!” My friend sighed deeply, stirring his coffee at our kitchen table. “Why?” I asked him a little surprised. My friend wasn’t poor and seemed to have all he needed to be rea... Read More »

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