power in words and pictures

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

“Imagine what our real neighbors would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person. Sometimes, all it takes is one kind word to nourish another person. Think of the ripple effect that can be created when we nourish someone. One kind empathetic word has […]

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“Familiarity breeds contempt” -Aesop   The Fox and the Lion was written as one of Aesop’s fables to teach those in upper positions to not become too chummy with those ‘beneath’ them. The thinking was that their becoming too familiar with subordinates would result in a loss of the proper respect they are owed. It is […]

Never Call Them Out
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What Were You Expecting?

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~Samuel Johnson The father couldn’t seem to stop reminding his daughter that he had helped her out of a financial mess when she was going through her divorce. Now, he felt that it was his right to […]

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Using a Filter for More than Coffee

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” ― Emily Post The conversation was louder than the library normally would encourage. Her lack of concern for those trying to study was not surprising, though, as she was seldom […]

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The Most Powerful Tool is the Tongue

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and help them to become what they are capable of being.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet and composer      “You’re crazy!”  The words stung and seeped into my mind more quickly than a sponge can soak up a glass of water. […]

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