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May 2010 Archives

Author’s Plan for Social Media by Chris Brogan: Does Intention Matter?

posted by Joan Ball

Author, marketer and social-media guru Chris Brogan posted a great list of suggestions for authors interested in raising awareness of themselves and their work via social media. It is comprehensive and, as one who have connected with many wonderful people […]

Doing the Right Thing Because it’s Right: Have We Lost the Impulse?

posted by Joan Ball

“When did it become accepted that actions that are right and moral – like paying employees a decent wage – have to be explained away and justified?  When did we accept the notion that people should be moral in their […]

Elena Kagan and the Implications of a Supreme Court Devoid of Protestant Christians…

posted by Joan Ball

In today’s USA Today Faith and Reason column, Cathy Lynn Grossman discusses President Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. If Kagan’s nomination is accepted, Grossman points out, there will be six Catholic justices, three Jewish […]

Measuring Creativity: Why do we have so little tolerance for mystery and wonder?

posted by Joan Ball

In a recent interview for a position in the highly competitive NBC page program, one of my students was asked for a list of five things he could do with a pencil. I had him share the encounter with the […]

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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