Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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A letter on cautious compassion

Dearest oldest daughter: It’s been a while since I’ve written you (at least in this forum), and a lot has happened in your life. Most of it wonderful — most of it grand, and exciting, and … more

Rub elbows and ideas with worthy peers

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens another … Proverbs 27 I am working through a really remarkable book right now. Or, to be more precise, I am working through a very good book right now about … more

Predictable outrage on repeat

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re being manipulated? I was thinking about this the other day, as I was contemplating the entirely predictable cycle of the story that dominated the news early … more

May this article be of some service to you

“Pardon me, are you Aaron Burr, sir?” “That depends, who’s asking?” “Oh, sure, sir. I’m Alexander Hamilton, I’m at your service, sir…” So begins the dialogue between A.Ham and … more

Bronco woes trace back to fractured leadership

Somebody should write a case study in organizational leadership based on the Denver Broncos. Or, to be more precise, a case study in the failures of fractured leadership. Let me start by saying that … more

A look back at the dimmer bulbs on this year’s tree

Is it possible that Christmas 2018 was the season in which American life reached peak stupid? Of course that’s a rhetorical question — I have no doubt that there are many further depths of stupid … more

The death of a good man and a leader

Back in January, 1991, I was a college senior, getting ready to graduate. For people who want to become teachers, that last semester is a beautiful time known as “student teaching.” Student … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part three

Part three... The Being sat back against the bench, and closed his eyes. The child thought he might be sleeping, so it did not disturb him. But then the Being spoke again, with its eyes still closed. … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part two

Part two... “But how am I to create all of this? How will I know what to make or what will help?” “Because, my child,” the Being said with a loving smile. “I am going to give you the gift … more

My favorite gifts: A Christmas story part one

“I have it within me, my child, to bestow upon you 12 gifts. Ask, and they shall be yours.” This was at the beginning of all things, and the Celestial Being had upon his brow such wisdom and … more

Traditions help power the holiday season

As I’m writing this — in recovery from one sort of tradition — I am preparing to start in on another tradition, all as I’m looking forward to sitting down to another of my favorite traditions … more

Don’t let your sons grow up to be YouTube stars

When I was five, my heroes were my Mom and my Dad and older brother. Just because. When I was eight, my hero was Luke Skywalker, because he had magical powers and he got to swing across the chasm … more

Post election here’s how to unwind

Whew. Thank God that’s over. I know, this was an ugly election season, and, today, some people are celebrating, and some people are lamenting. And, there’s probably a pretty good chance that some … more

Kelly caps a sadly familiar cautionary tale

Parents of teenagers, I hope you are watching. Actually, I hope you are making your kids watch. The news of the last week has been a case study in life. And no, not politics — I mean life. I have … more

Fickle ingredients can create amazing chemistry

Have you ever given much thought to chemistry? No, not your high school class that involved memorizing valence shells and balancing equations. And not the kind that was really on your mind during … more

Watching big money at play as we approach election day

Ah, the silly season. It’s so much fun. Well, not if you get worked up about it, of course. Then you’ll start to feel like Bill Murray in “Ghostbusters” when he proclaimed “I’ve been … more

Don’t let the Kavanaugh conundrum drag you down

And, there you have it. After almost two full years, we’ve finally found a job in Washington D.C. that is worse than being a speechwriter for President Trump: FBI Investigator into … more

Getting beyond a culture of inertia

I’ve had a word running through my head for the last few days: monosyllabic. Not really. But, if you think about it, isn’t that a strange word? Like, the ultimate linguistic irony. But, … more

Big projects, like moving a school grade, have lots of little steps

Author's note: It should be noted that, in the interval between this column being written and it appearing in print, the middle school in question has proactively dedicated staff to solving somebody … more

Without position players all we’re left with is grandstanding

I may have mentioned before that, as Robert DeNiro once said, baseball is one of my “enthusiasms.” So, of course, the last several weeks have been wonderfully entertaining for me, as our … more
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