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Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
Oink! (Part One)
Posted Wednesday, April 14, at 11:05 PM
I remember reading George Orwell's two great novels when I was a teenager, "1984" and "Animal Farm", and being profoundly impacted by the message carried in each. Growing up in the American culture of my day I was grateful to believe that these two scenarios painted by the words and ideas of Orwell would never become a reality in the country which I loved....how na*ve...
The Winds Of Freedom
It is a beautiful day; the spring winds are whipping and furling the flag of our country and the sunshine is bright, bright with hope. The long days of winter are finally over. The various shades of gray that have wrapped winter in its grasp have been removed with the first sounds of robins and the blooming of the Easter lilies. I love spring for it always brings renewed visions of life...and the liberation of the human soul from the lifeless clutches of winter...
God Is Great!
In a somber moment, the United States military forces worldwide, observed a moment of silence to mark the moment that a gunman, who had been one of their own, killed 13 people -- including 12 soldiers -- and wounded at least 28 others at Fort Hood, TX...
It has been said, "Borrow money from a pessimist, he doesn't expect you to pay it back," Apparently, we are a nation of pessimist. The amount of debt that our government has generated is unfathomable for most of us. We have placed our lives and the future lives of our children into the hands of men and women of both parties and they are taking away our hope and our future through unmitigated spending...
Why Teams Succeed!
We live in a dysfunctional society and it has become the norm for most of us. Most teams, whether it is a family, a business, a church or some other social group learns to embrace and manage their dysfunctions rather than doing the hard work of change. It becomes easy to blame and point fingers instead of taking responsibility and making personal and group adjustments. By embracing dysfunction and practicing blame-shifting they limit their ability to perform at an optimal level and grow...
Why Teams Fail
I believe in teams. I am not just talking about teams filled with athletes but also seeing business leadership as a team, the church as a team and even the family unit working together as a team. Throughout my life I have had the privilege to work on many different types of teams. ...
I Am Surprised And Humbled
"I am surprised and humbled" were the words that President Obama said in response to his winning of one of the world's most prestigious awards; the Nobel Peace Prize. Surprised, he should be. Humbled, he must be. The Nobel Peace Prize is one of five Nobel Prizes that was to be the legacy of the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ...
"Where's The Beef"
Wikipedia defines the term pork barrel politics as spending that is intended to benefit constituents of a politician in return for their political support, either in the form of campaign contributions or votes. The term supposedly originates to a pre-Civil War practice of giving slaves a barrel of salted pork in order to create competition among the slaves so that they would get their share of the pork. ...
Just Common Sense
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Phil Warren is a local pastor and has lived in the Dexter community for the last 12 years. He has six children and four grandchildren and his wife Cindy is a local teacher. He enjoys photography, reading, writing and golf. He also loves coaching in the local park leagues. Phil spent his early years growing up in the hills near Wappapello Lake. He moved to Granite City, IL. during his grade school years. Phil worked 13 years at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis and has pastored since 1986. He also served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman and was stationed at Ft. Campbell KY. and Seoul, Korea. He attended college at SIUE and Oakland City College.