Now it's your turn, my friends

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Puccini Here is a story of Puccini, the great Italian writer of such classic operas as “Madame Butterfly” and “La Boheme.” It seems when Puccini was fairly young, he contracted cancer, and so he decided to spend his last days writing his final opera, Turnandot, which was one of his most polished pieces. When his…
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The Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before I Left Home

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10. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying “Why, thank you”. 9. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are. 8. Never give yourself a…
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Coherence and service in politics

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COURAGE OF BEING COHERENT IN PUBLIC LIFE Hilaire Belloc, the well-known historian –author of “How The Reformation Happened”- and inseparable friend of Maurice Baring and G.K. Chesterton stood for the Liberals at South Salford in a General Election. Continue in Leer más… Belloc’s Conservative opponents adopted the campaign slogan “Don’t vote for a Frenchman and…
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Common sense: adjusting contents to audience and situation

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Arranging the speech having your real public in mind     One Sunday in Northern Minnesota, there was a terrible blizzard blowing. The pastor struggled through deep snow to the little town’s church where he found a congregation of one: a farmer in the front pew solemnly chewing gum.             “Well, farmer,” he said “it is a terrible morning and there are only two of…
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INFORMATION? (BE ENCOURAGED)

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INFORMATION? Be encouraged  This is a long, but good inspirational piece.  It’ll give you something to ponder…  When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I…
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MAKE YOUR STANDARDS CLEAR (II)

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COURAGE    Hilaire Belloc, the well-known historian –author of “How The Reformation Happened”- and inseparable friend of Maurice Baring and G.K. Chesterton stood for the Liberals at South Salford in a General Election.    Belloc’s Conservative opponents adopted the campaign slogan “Don’t vote for a Frenchman and a Catholic”.  Belloc responded in the first public…
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FOLLOW YOUR BLISS (Happiness)

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Follow Your Bliss  Author Joseph Campbell often talked about “following your bliss.”  I heard of a bus driver in Chicago who does just that. He sings while he drives.  That’s right… sings!  And I don’t mean he sings softly to himself, either.  He sings so that the whole bus can hear! All day long he…
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Waste in worry

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The Waste in Worry If we were to keep a record of all the things we worried about  during a given period of time, we would discover-in reviewing them- that the great majority of our anticipated problems or troubles  never come to pass. This means that most of the time we devote to  worrying, even…
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