Life Tip #163

Be kind to our homeless brothers and sisters. I realize that there are many homeless people who scam us, some who make us nervous, and even some who seem ungrateful. But the vast majority of homeless people need our kindness, and they need that as much as our money if the truth be told. Look … Continue reading Life Tip #163

Life Tip #89

You don’t have to participate in the norm. Why is it the “norm” to root for your city’s baseball team in the summer, football team in the fall, basketball team in the winter, and then start all over again with baseball in the spring……for years and decades until we die? Why is it the norm … Continue reading Life Tip #89

Life Tip #87

Go ahead, be misunderstood. I simply must drop one of my all-time favorite inspirational quotes right here and now. It comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America’s greatest writers and philosophers, in his essay Self-Reliance, which I recommend everyone read…twice. Emerson writes that to be consistent in one’s thoughts and actions, just for consistency’s … Continue reading Life Tip #87

Life Tip #212

The following quote stands as its own Life Tip. It rings true as much today as it did more than 30 years after it first appeared: “Nobody really believes in anything anymore, and everyone spends his life in frenzied work and frenzied play so as not to face the fact, not to look into the … Continue reading Life Tip #212

Life Tip #59

God’s dream is not the same as the American Dream. One of my favorite American pastors, David Platt, really woke me up to a new reality just a few years ago as I listened to one of his sermons on YouTube. He said that God’s dream for us is wholly incompatible with the American Dream. … Continue reading Life Tip #59

Life Tip #45

It’s okay to walk away, just be sure to come back. One of the reasons that I think my marriage has lasted 25+ years is that when we get in an argument, we know that it’s okay to walk away mad. The trick is to make sure we come back, and the sooner the better. … Continue reading Life Tip #45

Life Tip #247

What motivates us in our career moves? Let’s start with that. Do we allow the base desire for “more money” determine our career path, from a materialistic and worldly mindset? Do we choose our career simply for status, to feel more important? Does a need for approval drive our career choice? Approval from friends, parents, … Continue reading Life Tip #247

Life Tip #35

The best teachers are our experiences. We often hear the question asked, “Who was the teacher that made the most impact on your life?” When I pondered this question recently, I really had a hard time thinking of anyone. I was not a standout student. I viewed school as a necessary evil, and I probably … Continue reading Life Tip #35

Life Tip #15

Leave the cave and come to the light. Many of us learned about Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” in high school or college. If you didn’t, I strongly suggest you look it up and read it in its entirety, because its lesson is as applicable today as ever. It occurred to me that today’s young … Continue reading Life Tip #15

Life Tip #164

Give, and volunteer, in secret. Above all, give without expecting anything in return. Give without expecting a thank you. Give without expecting attention. I puke a little bit in my mouth every time I see a so-called “random act of kindness” that just happened to get filmed on someone’s smartphone, which then just happened to … Continue reading Life Tip #164

A Reality Thanksgiving

The following piece was first published in the Cincinnati Enquirer way back in November of 2004. I like to keep it close at hand whenever I feel myself losing my appreciation for all that I have. Maybe you will gain a bit more appreciation yourself after reading it. A Reality Thanksgiving In this season of … Continue reading A Reality Thanksgiving

What’s Happening to our Teens?

A recent article by Professor Jean Twenge on the subject of teen mental health highlights the dangerous effects that smartphones and social media are having on our teens, with studies to back it up. And one of my favorite authors and motivational speakers, Simon Sinek, has been speaking for several years now on the dopamine-type effects … Continue reading What’s Happening to our Teens?

Because They Could

A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could. They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, "Since we can it must be good." But they never stopped … Continue reading Because They Could

The Few Books that Shape my Life

What do Willy Loman, Ebenezer Scrooge, and Ivan Ilyich have in common? I’m currently working on my own first book project, and the thought occurred to me that a handful of books I’ve read have significantly shaped my life. I feel lucky to have grown up when schools still made you read some of the … Continue reading The Few Books that Shape my Life

And the Moral of the Story Is…

By Kurt Borne January 27, 2014 One of our great traditions growing up was reading and listening to the timeless Aesop’s Fables. I honestly do not know if many kids today grow up learning the great lessons found in Aesop’s Fables. I certainly hope so. But if your parents weren’t able to share these with … Continue reading And the Moral of the Story Is…

Who’s Deciding History?

By Kurt Borne November 8, 2013 I recently heard a radio commentator remark on how, with the advancement of the Internet and the changing nature of news and publishing, we all have the ability and the duty to bring forth the truth about all things. I’ve often reflected on how the media and historians attempt … Continue reading Who’s Deciding History?

Enlightened Perspective

By Andy Rooney I've learned...that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. I've learned...that when you're in love, it shows. I've learned...that just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!" makes my day. I've learned...that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of … Continue reading Enlightened Perspective

Brain, Interrupted

By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson May 3, 2013 Technology has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Just try … Continue reading Brain, Interrupted

The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

Now, I don't think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn't resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

The Ant and the Grasshopper

~ CLASSIC VERSION ~ The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or … Continue reading The Ant and the Grasshopper