Some years ago I had the privilege of being a judge at a regional Miss
America pageant. You probably know that Miss America pageants are not just
about beauty but also intellect. Besides the various beauty related events,
the contestants were brought before the Judges one at a time to answer any
question we asked.
One of the judges asked each of the ladies to tell about the most recent book
she had read. Many of them had good answers. One of them replied, Green Eggs
and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
She tried hard to make her discussion of this children’s book seem
intellectual, but with each tortured sentence she revealed a shallowness of
intellect that destroyed almost any chance of winning the regional rhinestone
Shallowness of intellect results in a life filled with superficialities,
trivialities and sentimentalities. A nearly empty mind is useless, miserable,
a w... (more)
To answer the question, “Who am I” requires you ask, “Where did I come
from?” Many try to answer that question with a genealogical search. That
only answers part of the question. A genealogical search may teach you about
your ancestors but it does not tell you anything about your origin.
Before you were born on earth you were conceived in the mind of God. - Ron
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Where did I come from?
Before you were born on earth you were conceived in the mind of God. Most
people know this is true for two reasons: Intellectual observation – the
The postings on this website are first published as a column in a variety of
weekly papers across the USA. Each posting is a portion of a book soon to be
published under the title, “Acquire Confidence: What Confident People Do
That You Can Do Too!” When the book is complete it will have six sections
with several of the columns as a part of each section.
The following is a summary of each section:
Purpose for Living: Every living person is here for a purpose. While most
people spend most of their lives only sucking up air and taking up space, you
will notice that self-confident pe... (more)
Citizen Journalism on Ulitzer
If you’re seeking wealth and fame, journalism might not be your best
choice. No one enters the field to get rich, and only a few ever become
An entry-level journalist will barely earn enough to survive if a job is even
available in today’s shrinking journalism job market. Even experienced beat
reporters don’t live in the rich part of town. The only people receiving
truly handsome wages in the news media today are celebrity journalists seen
on network and cable television news stations.
Fame is also elusive for most journalists. Only a few becom... (more)
Clark Kent, the mild-mannered crime reporter for the Daily Planet who often
appeared as Superman, spent his career avoiding kryptonite, the radio-active
element from Superman's home planet, Krypton. Even the slightest exposure to
kryptonite would drain Superman of his strength and leave him as vulnerable
as any normal human being.
If you want to be a super citizen journalist and "leap tall buildings with a
single bound" in your career, you too must beware of kryptonite. In your
career as a citizen journalist, kryptonite can come in many dangerous and
nearly invisible forms.