Tag Archives: civic virtue

He likes to hear himself talk

Dear Joseph, I once overheard someone say, “He likes to hear himself talk.” Truth be told; that someone was referring to me. A major OUCH to say the least. While I don’t think that person ever intended for me to … Continue reading

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Flattery & Butter

Dear Joseph, “Are you trying to butter me up?” That was the question my grandpa Bankhead would ask when one of us started to use lots of “nice words” to get something we wanted from him. When I was your … Continue reading

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The Civility Experiment – Central Park

Great lesson on what happens when we truly get to know people.  

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I Hate Waiting

Dear Joseph, One of my favorite movies growing up was the Princess Bride. My friends and I could practically recite the movie line for line. In one of the scenes, the character, Inigo Montoya, is supposed to fight the man … Continue reading

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Qualify for Civil Liberty

Thanks to Richard Bruneau for sharing this great quote*: “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites; in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity; … Continue reading

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God Gave Us Two Ears, One Mouth

Dear Joseph, I once had somebody tell me that the reason we have two ears and one mouth is that it was God’s way of telling us that we should listen twice as much as we talk. I don’t know … Continue reading

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What do your friends say about you?

Dear Joseph: I remember when I played tennis that I always wanted to play people that were better than me. Not because I liked losing, but by playing tough competition I was forced to work harder and play smarter. I … Continue reading

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Chess & Sacrifice

Dear Joseph, You are becoming quite the chess player. I remember when I started playing chess with my dad as a boy and the satisfaction that came when I finally beat him for the first time. I know it won’t … Continue reading

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Does your face know you’re happy?

Dear Joseph, I once heard a famous football coach say, “I’ve been told I’m generally a happy person, but I forget to tell my face.” You have been “cursed” with your dad’s concentration face, and I apologize right now. Like … Continue reading

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Zone in or out?

Dear Joseph, It has been fun spending time on these letters. I feel like it’s given me a chance to think about you and helped me to be more observant of your strengths and character. I’ve realized during this process … Continue reading

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