“God himself could not sink this ship,” replied a deck hand as Sylvia Caldwell marveled at the majesty of the great Titanic and wondered aloud if it really was unsinkable as advertised.
Talk about famous last words!
It was on this day 104 years ago, April 15, 1912, that the “Unsinkable Ship” sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg late on the 14th. 1517 people died in that disaster. Continue reading
Some of the world’s greatest men and women have been saddled with disabilities and adversities but have managed to overcome them. I’m not sure of the origin of this piece, but it expresses this thought well.
Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington. Raise him in abject poverty, and you have an Abraham Lincoln.
Subject him to bitter religious prejudice, and you have a Benjamin Disraeli. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes a Franklin D. Roosevelt. Burn him so severely in a schoolhouse fire that the doctors say he will never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham, who set a world’s record in 1934 for running a mile in 4 minutes, 6.7 seconds. Continue reading
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The Old Testament Patriarch, Job, observed over 3,000 years ago, “Man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.”
I have been reminded of that this week. Again.
Rescue teams have been searching the Barren River in Bowling Green, Kentucky, looking for Adam Smelser, missing since Sunday afternoon. Evidently he went for a run. Then a swim. And hasn’t been seen since. I feel the grief and heart-break of his parents, family and friends. Continue reading
I’ve watched a lot of college basketball games. But none like the one Sunday evening between the University of Louisville and Duke.
It was the most shocking moment I’ve ever seen on a basketball court. It literally sucked the energy out of the arena as 35, 657 fans who were wildly cheering one moment sat in stunned silence the next. Continue reading
Job in the long ago said, “man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” How true it is. Trouble and tragedy is not limited to those that are in the national consciousness, whose names and faces are in the news. Continue reading
“WHY?” was the single-word lead headline in the Sports page of Sunday’s Kansas City Star. This past week-end the Kansas City community was rocked by the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher, a starting linebacker on the Chief’s football team. Continue reading
Sometime ago there was an article in USA Today entitled “Bad Times Spawn Great Start Up.” It documented some notable successes that have been generated out of the ashes of economic downturns. Sixteen of the thirty corporations in the Dow Jones industrial average trace their origin to a time of recession. Walt Disney lost an acting job as a movie extra and started his famous cartoon company in a garage during tough times between 1923-1934. William Hewlett and David Packard teamed up in Silicon Valley in 1938 during the Great Depression. And the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, dropped out of college during the recession of 1975 and began Microsoft. Continue reading