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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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When Laughter is the Best Medicine

Dear Joseph, You have a contagious laugh. It always cracks me up to see something get your funny bone. While laughter is often “the best medicine” in tough times, I’ve found it that only really works when that laughter isn’t … 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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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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Political Civility To Be Tested in Madison, WI

The current teacher protests in Madison, WI provide us a real chance to put political civility to the test. The rubber is hitting the road, so to speak. As I watch the various news reports come in, I would say … 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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Big Fish & Battle Wounds

Dear Joseph, I think it must be a male thing, but we men seem to have this impulse to want to share stories of pain and show off “battle wounds.” I’m as guilty as the next male. I’ve got some … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Incivility – We’ve Got the Gimme’s

While much of the Tuscon civility debate has focused on words and pointing fingers for uncivil speech/rhetoric, no one seems to be looking at a more serious way that both Republicans and Democrats may be contributing to the growing lack … Continue reading

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Never enough laws

“Policemen and laws can never replace customs, traditions and moral values as a means for regulating human behavior. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. Our increased reliance … Continue reading

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