Chikin, Spice, and Authenticity

Earlier this year, Chick-fil-A, the Atlanta-based quick service restaurant chain, became the unwitting object of a firestorm following President and Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy’s direct answer to an interviewer’s question about his views on marriage. The interview was in the ...

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A Little Less Hollywood and a Little More Mayberry

We note with sadness the passing this week of Andy Griffith, who though he earned his living in Hollywood, never seemed to forget where he was from. A visit to a Hollywood film lot (we highly recommend the Warner Brothers tour) comes with the admonition from tour guides, with evidence aplenty, ...

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Leadership and the Queen

In the spirit of full disclosure, mine is a British-American family. My wife was born and raised in Scotland, and I’m the only member of our household who does not hold a British passport. We like the Royals around here and agree with most Britons that the monarchy is a positive force and ...

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The Art of the Gentle Dressing Down

This weekend I was honored to have sung at the funeral of a man in our church. I didn’t know him well, but I knew him, and what I always saw was an upbeat, friendly, kind, and warm guy, whose interest always seemed projected outward – toward others – not inward. I was ...

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The Hearing-Doing Gap

Leaders must listen. But does being open to others’ input obligate us to implement their views? First, the usual disclaimer whenever I blog something that could be seen as political: I’m not, repeat, not, making a political point here. The example I’ll use simply brings up an ...

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Schumer drops the b-bomb

I know the US Senate has a lot of important issues to deal with, like the lousy economy, high unemployment, two wars, and health care, so please forgive me if I winge for a moment about something less important, but nonetheless significant: the conduct of one Senator who knows how to behave ...

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The lost art of the Thank You note

In today’s mail, one item clearly stood out from all the bills and advertisements I dragged in from the daily haul. An envelope, addressed by hand, to my wife, with the return address from a couple we know from our church. As a hobby and side business, my wife makes handmade decorative ...

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Should Michael Vick be Allowed to Return to the NFL?

Earlier today, former NFL star quarterback, Michael Vick was released from federal prison in Leavenworth after serving most of a 23 month sentence for his principal involvement in a dog fighting ring. The burning question now is, should NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell allow Vick to return to ...

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Miss USA Contestant Tells the Truth

This post is not about same-sex marriage. It’s about authenticity. As in telling the truth. Which is exactly what Miss California, Carrie Prejean, did when asked by Miss USA judge and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (there’s a celebrity blogger?!?) if she thought all 50 states should ...

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Earl Kitchings – Lost Treasure

Earl Kitchings died this week at the age of 82. He was a legend here in Jacksonville, as a pioneering football coach – the head coach of Florida’s first African-American state championship team – that was back in 1958, when we had white teams and black teams. During those ...

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