Keyword: Michael Alcorn
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Avengers school assembly: Let's guess at the SATs of the MCU

My daughter came home this week with her SAT scores. Of course, she believes—because she’s told this by her school — that this score is the end-all, be-all key to future success, happiness, and … more

Do what you love ... enough to do the hard parts

Well, I guess, now that it’s May, our high school seniors are all going to be spending many minutes over the next month or so receiving some variant of the message “do something you love, and … more

Troublesome timing on those teacher walk-outs

Did you ever see something, and immediately ask yourself, “who thought that was a good idea?” I had a really strong moment of that about three months ago. Think back to early February: at that … more

Opening day to moving day, the cycle of life continues

This past weekend, we moved our oldest daughter out of the basement and into an apartment. And, though we had done this before, this one felt different; this one feels final. In one of my more recent … more

I might need more crud in my life to spark creativity

My wife and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” over Spring Break. I enjoyed it very much, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the discovery of J. Michael Finley, who played Bart … more

There really might be ‘an app for that’ tribalism problem

Somewhere around 15 years ago, when I was first starting to explore the idea of being a writer, I was working on a novel that had, as one of its central themes, the idea that there are only a handful … more

The trials and tribulations of Tribalism

I was recently asked to give a speech, without any guidelines about the topic. The only caveat was that “anything political has to have the opportunity for an opposing view to be presented.” … more

A muddle of March mental musings

Observations, thoughts, and random musings from deep in my cave: Is it just me, or are pharmaceutical commercials reaching a point of maximum absurdity? (video of happy, healthy people jumping off … more

The bad kind of trust fall

I’ve been thinking a lot over the past couple weeks about the concept of institutional trust. Yeah, I’ve been working on other things, too. At any rate, the reason I’ve been thinking about this … more

The importance of filling young souls

The news out of Florida last Wednesday was too familiar. This incident was slightly different, in that there was obviously a breakdown of law enforcement, both from a “watchlist” standpoint and … more

A world tour of troubling events

We’re going to approach this column as a perusal of the latest ‘Annals of Insanity.’ Normally, this is the sort of survey that covers a period of weeks, or even months; sadly, this particular … more

Pondering prodigious pedagogical possibilities

There is a quote attributed (probably wrongly) to Winston Churchill that goes “The American people can always be counted on to do the right thing. But only after exhausting all other … more

Battle of the Sexes III: Return of the Gentleman

“Hey, hon. You want to watch some TV?” “Sure, sounds good. What’s on?” “I don’t know — why don’t you find out?” [hits the ‘Guide’ button on the cable remote] “Let’s see … more

Real leadership is shown by putting mission ahead of self

“Never mistake motion for action.” –Ernest Hemingway “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom.”—Elanor Roosevelt (or perhaps Sandra Carey) There are a great many qualities that we attribute to … more

Let us enter 2018 with reasonable humor and good grace

Courtesy. Integrity. Perseverance. Self-Control. Indomitable Spirit. My brothers and sisters in the Korean art of Taekwondo instantly recognized that list I just … er, listed. Those are the tenets … more

Some of my lessons learned from the year that was

“Five-hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes… How do you measure a year in the life?”—Rent It’s almost impossible to believe, but here we are again, at the turn of the calendar. … more

Today’s youth could learn a lesson or two in “good grief”

Growing up, one of the truly exciting days of the year was the day the mailman would deliver the newest collection of “Charlie Brown” cartoons. That’s right, once upon a time, whoever is … more

Many a lesson in looking at the long view

Do you ever take significant moments and try to look at them through a wider lens? Watch out — the next few paragraphs will likely cause VRUO — Visceral Reaction Unthinking Outrage. It’s … more

Fanbase already running out of slack for Elway

John Elway took over the reins of the Denver Broncos in 2011, and one of his first moves was to woo Peyton Manning. We all know that that was the beginning of a beautiful partnership, one that … more

Thankful for the spiritual resilience of our youth

So, about six weeks ago, I pulled a hamstring. It’s not my first pull, and I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last pull, but I have to say, it’s been especially annoying. I believe Phil Simms … more
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