Monthly Archives: January 2018

POOPING ELEPHANTS, MOWING WEEDS

Perhaps you have noticed that the book icon for Pooping Elephants, Mowing Weeds: What Business Gurus Failed to Tell You does not take you to Amazon.  Well, that shall soon be remedied.  Pooping Elephants, Mowing Weeds…will be released this March in ebook format for less than two bucks. 

This was a fun and gratifying ebook to write.  Like many ebooks, it is short at about 7,500 words.  I believe it offers some needed perspective, especially for those who are in the business community.

Stay tuned!

 

PAYING ATTENTION

I’ve felt a bit of this shame during the recession when it looked like we might lose our house.  I know the weariness of dickering with doctors over an easier payment plan.  And yet…we have always had friends who have generously given of themselves and their resources.  I can’t imagine what it would be like  apart from supportive friends.

Short, but important read on paying more attention:

https://medium.com/@marilynmcentyre/dignity-and-need-bf88656919f8

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NOT THE LEISURE YOU ARE THINKING OF!

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Our son, Chris, recently read this and loved it.  Since I’ve had it on my “to read” list for many years, I decided to give it a go.

As I say in the title, Pieper is not talking about leisure in the way that most people think.  All I will say here is that leisure relates to school, learning, and having time to ponder what really matters.

Most Americans don’t value the ancient idea (and ideal) of leisure.  We are driven, distracted, and intoxicated with the tangible signs of success.  We were created for so much more than these trivial pursuits. 

Let Pieper show you the way forward!

LEARNING COMMUNITIES…TAKING A LESSON FROM JEWS

I have some reservations about The Benedict Option (my review is just below this), so I would not agree with the full thrust of Kaplan’s prescriptions, but there is much here to consider.

THE BENEDICT OPTION

I certainly agree with Kaplan’s closing comment: “Christians do not have to diminish doctrine in order to thicken the practices that can enable them to flourish as a minority—on the contrary, they’ll find that practices deepen it.”

Benedict Option II: The Jewish Example