Listening Only Looks Easy

“Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is a world.”— Cuban Proverb

Taxi Cab Fares in the Rain

“Life is like a taxi. The meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still.” —Lou Erickson

What Would a Muttschen Do?

Here’s a holiday advertisement from Travelers Insurance that was filmed in our home town of Park City, Utah, and shows what muttschen would do. Enjoy and happy holidays!

Menschen in the Middle of Nowhere

I heard this story in assembly at school a few days ago and I thought that it was a perfect example of what a mensch is and what a mensch should do. I figured I should share it with you.

Angry Man on Flight 1074

What would you do when confronted by a large angry man on an airplane who screams profanity at you for no reason, tries to intimidate other passengers into doing what he wants, and acts in an entirely uncivilized and hostile manner? Here’s a story of one such situation that actually occurred on a flight from Salt Lake City to Minneapolis. What would you have done? Indeed, what would a mensch do?

One Smile

Today, give a stranger one of your smiles.  It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Grieving Rivals

In February of 2009, an article was published about a basketball team that threw a game. Usually-since I am an extremely competitive person-I would have questioned this, but one look at the article, and my questions were forgotten. An Illinois basketball team traveled to Milwaukee to play in a game that almost never happened. This was because one of the
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A Little Bit of Kindness

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” -Princess Diana   In my personal opinion, we all need a little bit of kindness every day. If we receive kindness – I’ve realized, no matter how small the dose – we will probably give
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Menschen in a Coffee Shop

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” -Nelson Mandela A close friend of mine, Nathan*, works in a coffee shop. One day, he was working when three girls walked in. Immediately, Nathan recognized the girls from the freshman class at his high school. While cleaning the counters, he overheard snippets, just words, of one of
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Recently, an article was published, in a sports blog, about two sixteen year-old rowers who gave up a possible medal win to help their opponents. Philadelphia Episcopal Academy rowers had a fairly good lead and a good start to their race, but soon turned back around to help two opponents, whose boat had capsized. The two students, James Konopka and
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