When Encouragement Can Lift Weight

I was thirteen years old, and it was May during my seventh-grade year. Our coach had gathered all of us seventh-grade boys in the high school field house, where the school’s only weight-lifting machine was located. It was hot as blazes. There was no air...

Aaron Sings; Nobody Cares

My son has a good singing voice and is musically talented. Still, I’ve never pushed him to get into the singing business. It is a tough field that can be very hard and discouraging. A case in point is a kid named Aaron. He was twenty and had been singing in...

Do You Have Chutzpah?

Have you ever heard of the word chutzpah? It is an old Yiddish word that describes someone who is audacious or has a lot of gall. Perhaps the best way to define it is through an old Yiddish joke. There was a man who murdered both of his parents. At his trial, he...

Take the Win

I spoke at an event recently, and my wife, Judy, was with me. It went so well that after I finished, somebody who was supposed to talk about another subject instead spoke about how much my speech helped him. I felt very gratified, but something kept bugging me. I was...

Graduates Meet THE GRADUATE

In 1967, a very famous movie called The Graduate came out. It was about a young man named Ben who graduated from college, but in his angst, he refused to get a job. He lived at home with his well-to-do parents and simply hung out. (He also allowed himself to get...

Captain of the Ship

A seagoing captain commanded a passenger ship sailing from Liverpool, England, to New York. His family was on board with him. One night, when everyone was asleep, a squall unexpectedly swept over the waters and tossed the ship violently, awakening the passengers. They...