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What do you think of when you hear the word “politician?”

By Jim Whitt I conducted an experiment on Facebook posting this question: “I’m doing research for an article I’m writing and need some help. What do you think of when you hear the word ‘politician?’” Kenny Rogers replied, “That’s kind of like asking 20 different people what their interpretation of the old psychological ink blots is. You will get 20 different answers.” In fact, I got a lot more. You can check them out and even add your response to my post on Facebook. Some were positive such as: “Needed. Respect those that serve and do a good job.” Others… Read More

November 15th, 2015 at 7:11pm

A tribute to a purpose-driven life

By Jim Whitt Years ago my friend Becky Teeter shared a book with me written by Joyce Landorf entitled Balcony People. The author uses a metaphor comparing life to a glass sphere, much like a fish bowl. In the bottom two thirds of the sphere is dark, murky water. In the top third is clean, fresh air. The basement people reside in the murk and the mire. They not only are on a dead end street but they insist on trying to pull others down with them. On the other hand, the balcony people live in the clean, fresh air… Read More

August 4th, 2015 at 1:17pm

So, You Want to Be a Guitar Hero?

This post is dedicated to my friend Nancy Baumunk who celebrates a birthday this week. By Jim Whitt I am not a guitar hero but I’ve played Guitar Hero. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia describes Guitar Hero as a series of music video games “in which players use a guitar-shaped peripheral to simulate the playing of lead, bass guitar and rhythm guitar across numerous rock music songs. Players match notes that scroll on-screen to colored fret buttons on the controller, strumming the controller in time to the music in order to score points, and keep the… Read More

June 7th, 2015 at 9:50am

The Kind of Country We Are: A Memorial Day Tribute

By Jim Whitt As this was our first trip to France we suffered from a perpetual state of directional disability. And that is how we met Michel. We wandered through the gate of a small cemetery not a stone’s throw from Omaha Beach in Normandy.  Michel did not speak much English but fortunately, Suedy, a friend of ours from the U.S. spoke a little French. So, with much hand signaling, exaggerated facial expressions and a few exchanges of French and English we were able to communicate. It turned out to be a most fascinating conversation. Michel explained to us that… Read More

May 16th, 2015 at 12:44pm

What we have here is failure to communicate

By Jim Whitt I looked up communication in a dictionary and found these definitions: • To convey information about; make known; impart. • To reveal clearly; manifest. • To have an interchange, as of ideas. • To express oneself in such a way that one is readily and clearly understood. I then asked myself a question (an internal interchange): In this wondrous world of high technology how good a job are we doing of communicating? This is how I answered myself… Let’s start with email. It’s easy to write. It’s easy to send. It’s easy to respond to. It’s easy… Read More

May 1st, 2015 at 7:45pm