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I’m posting a new thread instead of commenting on yesterday’s , Eyeless re: Gaza,  in the hope that more people will see it. One commenter on that post suggested that the US is not in the same situation as Israel because the border protesters from Gaza openly want to destroy Israel, whereas the approaching Hondurans […]

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Wisdom: Heat Shields Cooled by Horns?

 

Two bits of leadership advice learned in the school of hard knocks: “Be a heat shield, not a heat conductor, for your people,” and “if you aren’t tooting your own horn, some else will use it for a siphon.” (Heard from an Iron Major.)

Leaders must act as heat shields from outside friction and flames. Those who just pass criticism and complaints along, or amplify them, are no good to anyone. Heat conductor leaders are worse than redundant to their superiors, not taking the heat as a signal to plan and direct a course correction. Such leaders may be seen as puppets, and possibly cowards, by their own people. In any healthy organization, peers see the heat conductor failing to absorb the heat that comes everyone’s way occasionally. So, be a heat shield, not a heat conductor, for your people.

But every heat shield has a failure point, so just absorbing heat is not enough. Heat shields must be able to radiate away heat and may need cooling periods to sustain effectiveness. Since heat comes from real or perceived shortfalls in missions or metrics, a good leader is interested in what interests his boss and is very interested in what interests her boss. Both substance, and terms or turns of phrase used by bosses, inform a perceptive leader’s internal unit planning, directing, and correcting. Understanding your boss and boss’s boss is necessary, but not sufficient, to lower the heat.

Listen to Amy, and Other Advice for the Single Crowd

 

We are not revisiting any earlier discussions of the singlehood and the disadvantages thereof. However, Bridget and I would like to announce that we are now engaged (I think this is Rico wedding, like, 2 or 3), and since this website was a non-trivial part of our getting together, we’d like to share some of the insights.

Betsie ten Boom – A Stronger Faith

 

Betsie ten Boom.

In an earlier post, I said that Casper ten Boom and his family were lights that refused to be extinguished by the Darkness that came with the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Rather than being chained by fear, all of his children worked — to one degree or another — with the Dutch Underground, helping their Jewish neighbors and friends. Here’s a bit more about his oldest child.

Quote of the Day: Easter

 

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. He wrote poetry in English, Latin, and Greek. He is recognized as a great British devotional lyricist, and is associated with metaphysical poets. Herbert used puns and wordplay to “convey the relationships between the world of daily reality and the world of transcendent reality that gives it meaning.” A Puritan minister remarked that Herbert “speaks to God like one that really believeth in God, and whose business in the world is most with God.”

Herbert was a skilled lutenist who set his sacred poems to music. The second paragraph in “Easter” relates the lute to the crucifixion. The third paragraph states that “music is but 3 parts vied and multiplied,” probably describing the 3 notes of a chord competing with each other while multiplying the overall sound. Herbert even played the lute during his final illness, dying of consumption at age 39.

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I love this. (My emphasis) JD: Given how entrenched the Fed is now after 100-odd years, what do you suggest instead of tinkering? Simply allow other forms of money to compete, to be used for settlement of payments and for taxes? What’s a practical way to reform our monetary system? Preview Open

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The Day After the World Died

 

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but of the dawn. – G.K. Chesterton

It must have been about 20 years ago. A rather dour perspective had infused my outlook on life in general, resulting in a sharp demeanor and a rather acidic tongue. I was routinely working 70 hours each week, dividing my time between my military duties and another job I had taken performing watch repair. Exhaustion was my closest companion, necessitated by the requirements of child support, which I did not begrudge in the least. I just needed a little rest, and none was forthcoming.

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The Christian story proceeds from the Jewish story, like a sequel that makes a series of what already seemed complete. Setting aside that mighty long and vital exposition, Christmas is the beginning of our own part of the tale. Yet here we are just a few months later — Easter — already at the climax […]

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….that’s what April Fool’s Day was called in Scotland, where the custom was to send the “fool” out as a kind of human chain letter. The mark was charged to deliver an urgent missive to someone, who would open it to read: “Dinna laugh, dinna smile–send the gawk another mile!”  Preview Open

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After my wife Marie and I put out the lilies for Easter Sunday, I stepped back and took a photo.  I wish you could see the entire interior of the First Presbyterian Church in Portland.  It’s the most beautiful church interior I’ve ever seen.  It was built in 1890 by superb stone masons and wood […]

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We’re blind to the fact that the “March of Return” held at. the Israeli border fence provides us with a blueprint for the international Left’s next big tactic: overwhelming borders with fungible human cannon fodder. ( In Gaza’s case, young adults and, sadly, children, demanding “return” to an area where, born looong after 1948 and […]

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“Hell Took a Body, and Discovered God”

 

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?
Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!
Are there any who are grateful servants?
Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!
Are there any weary with fasting?
Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,
let them receive their due reward;
If any have come after the third hour,
let him with gratitude join in the Feast!
And he that arrived after the sixth hour,
let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.
And if any delayed until the ninth hour,
let him not hesitate; but let him come too.
And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,
let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.
For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.
He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,
as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.
He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.
The deed He honors and the intention He commends.
Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!