Reader Response

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Reader Response


  Seeing . . . the Palm Beach Daily News reminded me that your talk for the Chamber was SO inspiring and motivating. Please forgive the delay, but know that your talk was so appreciated by me and all of the other attendees. I recently watched on the Internet the happy and emotional reunion of you and your […]

Paying It Forward


News reports that Harper Lee is going to finally publish another novel were a pleasant surprise, though I wonder if the new story will have room for her most interesting character–Boo Radley–the mysterious recluse who turns out to be a guardian angel in To Kill a Mockingbird. He was one of fiction’s most remarkable embodiments […]

Guardians of Thailand’s Noggins


It’s become second nature for almost anyone who rides a motorcycle in the U.S. to don a helmet before hitting the road. It’s the law, in most states. But by now everyone knows it’s knuckleheaded not to protect your skull while floating unprotected through the air at 65 mph. This isn’t the case in other […]

Come back, JetBlue!

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I remember JetBlue fondly. For quite a while after it began flying, I thought of it as the Avis of the air: it tried harder than any other airline to give you a bargain and make you feel you were flying first class, all at once. I was a loyal passenger. Their fares were always […]

The Imitation of Jesus

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In The Constant Choice, I talked with a couple of celebrated Biblical scholars about my view of Jesus, and whether or not my simple views were consistent with Christianity itself. I believe that the life of Jesus and his actual sayings matter far more than the churches founded in his name. I was reassured repeatedly […]

An Oath for Honesty

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Right after the 2008 economic collapse, Harvard Business School did something remarkable. We had just come through a cataclysm that threatened to shatter the American economy. So Harvard offered its students the opportunity to swear an oath in allegiance to ethical behavior in business. Harvard students gathered together a coalition of supporters from 250 schools […]