“Pain is a Good Thing.” A Life Lesson From the “Crocodile Hunter”

As one who has struggles with mild to severe chronic back pain, I take comfort from a statement Steve Irwin made on an episode of “The Crocodile Hunter.” This wildlife series was very popular. The Australian host demonstrated, and played with, dangerous animals. While filming an episode at the Great Barrier Reef, he died when … Continue reading “Pain is a Good Thing.” A Life Lesson From the “Crocodile Hunter”

Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Church course of study for 2021 is the Doctrine Covenants, Church History, and the Life and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was far from perfect. He was the first to recognize and confess his flaws and mistakes. In fact, in 1828, he publicly announced that the Lord had severely rebuked him … Continue reading Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

Booker T. Washington: Truth and right are not determined by a majority

Great Quotes Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) is an American hero and role model. Raised in slavery, he became the leading advocate for former slaves and their descendants. He devoted his life to fighting Jim Crow discrimination and championing civil rights.    Washington worked in the brutal coal mines and salt furnaces in West Virginia in … Continue reading Booker T. Washington: Truth and right are not determined by a majority

WWII German Pastor Niemoller: Speak Up for the Rights of Others

German Lutheran Pastor Martin Niemoller WWII Post War Poetic Confessional "I didn't speak up" They came first for the Socialists, and I didn't speak up –            because I wasn't a Socialist.Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up –            because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and … Continue reading WWII German Pastor Niemoller: Speak Up for the Rights of Others

Martin Luther King: Only light can drive out darkness, only love can drive out hate

Great Quotes Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was an American Christian pastor and civil rights leader. He was a inspiring speaker. Dr. King followed the path of Mahatma Gandhi.  King consistently preached peace and  non-violent civil disobedience. The authorities responded to his peaceful protests with water cannons, tear gas, attack dogs, beatings, and arrests.  … Continue reading Martin Luther King: Only light can drive out darkness, only love can drive out hate

Goethe – “Ignorance in action”

Great Quotes  “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” -Goethe Paraphrase: “There is nothing more frightening than an active ignorance.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer, statesman, poet, philosopher“Faust” is his most famous work -- a of a man who sells his soul to the devil for power.

Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none, and charity for all”

Great Quotes The Civil War was devastating for the whole country.  About 620,000 men lost their lives, 360,000 from the North.  As victory approached there was a ground swell in the North for retribution and reparations. But Lincoln resisted this popular opinion. Instead, he preached forgiveness, reconciliation, and reconstruction.  He always believed that the best … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln: “With malice toward none, and charity for all”