PROACTIVE: to prepare for something before it happens


There are clearly two ways to approach a complexity:  by anticipating an issue in advance or by reacting to an issue after it happens.   It is pretty commonly believed that anticipation of issues is more productive and allows for greater participation in the outcome.   That is what is called being proactive.  Etymologically, this is a […]

GRIT: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck

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When I was a kid it was common for a boy’s  first job  to be selling  Grit newspaper door to door.  It was a conservative, family-focused pubication which had been around since the late 1800’s.   And, yes, it was sold by boys.  It was part of the culture of the times that “newsboys” were employed […]

ITERATION [it-uh-REY-shuhn] : to say or do again; repeat


Constant repetition is something that can become irritating to some people.   When a child in the back seat of the car repeats the same question (“When are we going to get there?” or “Are we there yet?” ) it can be the cause of a near-mental-breakdown for parents. A similar thing happens with a person […]

INTELLIGENCE: aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc., AND….


There is often a “drum roll, crash!” when someone from the government mentions that we have a very sophisticated intelligence system in this country.   Of course, the pundit is referring to the use of the word which would mean that we have a smart, clever, highly-sophisticated educational system which produces really, smart people.   ( I […]

SOUTHERN SUDAN: the world’s newest nation

Tomorrow will be the birth day of a new nation: Southern Sudan.  It is a nation which has separated itself from the larger nation of Sudan, ceding the northern portion to the Islamic government that has dominated that segment for decades.  The people of Southern Sudan are primarily Christian.   That defining characteristic has been the […]

PERIPATETIC (pare-i-pa-tet’-ik): wandering about, itinerant

Several months ago I wrote a blog post about Hobos called Bindlestiffs. It brought forth warm memories of my childhood when post-Depression era men (and some women) wandered the country seeking a new life. The key to their experience was the fact that they were wandering. Life was in constant motion. Another angle on this […]