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April 2009 Archives

A Crisis of Trust? What the Swine Flu Say About Us

posted by Joan Ball

The news and tracking of the swine flu has my old crisis communications juices flowing. In the 1990s I spent several years as the lead communicator for a nuclear power plant on the east coast. One of my primary responsibilities […]

The Swine Who Cried Wolf: How Mass Media and a Decade of Emergencies Has Desensitized a Nation

posted by Joan Ball

I don’t know whether or not Swine Flu, Mexican Flu, American Flu or whatever they decide to finally call it will elevate to pandemic proportions. I do not know if the death of the young boy in Texas reported this […]

Fear, Faith and Swine Flu: Learning to Live with Uncertainty

posted by Joan Ball

Lots of people are talking about, writing about and tracking the progress of the swine flu. The CDC, WHO and Department of Homeland Security are providing regular updates. Reporters, bloggers and Twitterers are providing lists of symptoms, prevention measures and, […]

Sage Advice on Grief and Mourning: Maybe Facebook Isn’t So Evil After All…

posted by Joan Ball

Much has been written about the dangers of social networking, including concern over Facebook as an addiction or a substitute for genuine face-to-face relationships with real people. Like any other tool, it holds the potential to do harm or good […]

Previous Posts

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 2:48:59pm Feb. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century?
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 12:57:29pm May. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Holy Saturday: Thoughts on Sacrifice
Woke this morning thinking about sacrifice and how infrequently most of us, myself included, actually sacrifice anything of true value to ourselves for God and others. Sure we give money to our favorite charities. But when is the last time we actually parted with money that would have gone to paying

posted 9:50:42am Apr. 23, 2011 | read full post »

Maundy Thursday: Inspirational Holy Week Stories for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections and inspirational Easter season

posted 9:51:07am Apr. 21, 2011 | read full post »

An Ordinary Holy Week Primer for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections on Palm Sunday, Fig Monday, Grea

posted 12:27:39am Apr. 19, 2011 | read full post »


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