How to Be Happy

How to Be Happy

What determines happiness? Who is happy? In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, the Nobel Prize winner for economics, Daniel Kahneman, answered these two questions. His findings were fascinating. For example, researchers measured the happiness of people who had lived in...
Consider Taking the Risk

Consider Taking the Risk

Lewis Mumford and Neil Postman have written about time, the clock, time management, and our lives. I have an old colleague who was traveling with his family in another country. Let’s call my friend Rick. Rick and his family were at the airport waiting to board a...
The Power of Encouragement

The Power of Encouragement

Comedian Dennis Miller is known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Monday Night Football, and his HBO comedy specials. Recently, I heard him talk about the impact someone made on his career. As a junior or senior, Miller performed a stand-up routine at his high...
I Gave It

I Gave It

Many years ago, I read a story by the scholar William Barclay from the First World War. It told of a French army officer whose arm was so severely damaged during a battle that doctors had to amputate it. The chief surgeon took it upon himself to inform the young man...
Revisiting My 2002 Graduation Address

Revisiting My 2002 Graduation Address

It is the season of graduations. Twenty years ago, I delivered the commencement address to the high school seniors of Winters High School—a public high school in Winters, Texas. I recently looked back at what I said, and I stand by it today. Here it is slightly edited...
Let Me Share My Mother

Let Me Share My Mother

Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading to me and helping me learn how to count to 100 using the piano and pages from our church hymn book. When I was five, my friend Mark Cook came over to visit. Mom helped us string straps through grocery sacks. She then...