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The Value of a Writing Experience

A popular style of memo pad in offices across the country carries the command “Write it—don’t say it!” Doubting Thomases around the world voice their suspicions with “I’ll believe it when I see it in black and white!” In order to save time, many business transactions are completed by telephone, yet the final exchange is […]

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Pride Goeth

The slow rain had been drizzling down for three days. The gray sky and the decrepit old buildings snuggled together, each matching the other shade for shade of the same weary color. A young sailor in a wet summer uniform shuffled along the sidewalk, stopping now and then in a deserted doorway. But they offered […]

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A Christian Businessman-Fiction or Fact?

“It’s impossible to be an honest business­man.” “Well, you just have to close your eyes to some things; that’s business.” Two common statements — the one a cate­gorical accusation, the other a half-hearted attempt to justify dishonest. Both stem from the assumption that one must be dis­honest to succeed in business. If the busi­ness world […]

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Unknown

Nero read his music by the light of burning Rome and the city itself fell, not because its walls were low, but because its citizens were low.  The conservative element in the United States, made popular by Senator Barry Goldwater et al, is predicting a similar, if somewhat more sophisticated end to the United States.  […]

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Current Events and Issues

Glimmerings of relief from “Union Shops” are appearing on the labor relations horizon! “There are only two countries in the world where a man may legally be forced into union membership as a prerequisite to maintaining his employment:  The United States and Russia.”  With these words a Grand Rapids lawyer specializing in labor relations pointed […]

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In the Still of the Night

The stillness of the night clearly indicated it to be a night for wandering and for unscrambling crisscross thought; a quiet valley in the jagged range of helter-skelter living; a time to be spent evaluating and categorizing the impressions and experiences of the recent overcrowded weeks. These busy weeks had also left a residue of […]

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How to Keep from Being Bored on Sunday

Don’t do this and don’t do that, Don’t annoy or tease the cat, In fact, don’t do anything at all! This poetic (?) bit of negative thinking (recalled from a childhood rhyme) is one way of observing Sundays. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It’s the wrong way. “Don’t skip church,” we’re told. So we don’t. Parental pressures […]

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A Weak Flame in a Tinder Box

The popular concept of a reformer is usually of a person with sterling, dynamic personality who slashes right and left with the sword of truth in strong, accurate, purposeful stokes while astride the white charger of righteous indignation.  He thus brings absolute light to millions who had been existing in absolute darkness, and every innovation […]

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