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Category Archives: Golden Rule
Measuring life by the Golden Rule … not a cellphone app – Bristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog)
Posted: February 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm
We were sitting in front of the fireplace, relaxing in the warm glow, each reading some light material, almost dozing. Outside our den windows, the sun had retreated and swept away the last beautiful tones of a lingering sunset. Suddenly the serene darkness was interrupted by the sound of raindrops on our roof.
In unison, Sammie and I raised our heads from the books in which we had been engrossed and looked at each other. First to speak, she addressed me with a simple question. Is that rain? she asked quietly.
After a slight pause in the conversation a chance to make a decision of whether to drag myself from the comfort of my chair, force myself to take the half-dozen steps across the room, turn on the back porch light, peer through the glass at the drops of water bouncing off the deck or not I answered.
Just a minute, Hon. I dug into my pocket. Let me check the Weather Channel App on my phone and Ill see what its doing.
Of course I was at least half kidding in an attempt to entertain my wife, who seemed to be getting a bit bored with her book. On the other hand, I was only half kidding. I knew we were getting precipitation in the Fairmount hood, but before we began our discussion of the weather, I thought it might be wise to check the weather app for the forecast. The current temperature, the expected overnight low, predictions for hourly conditions over the next forty-eight hours, projections for the next fifteen days, and maybe even what those same projections were for the cities where all of our relatives reside.
Could I get you to participate in a very unscientific experiment with me? Take a simple survey. One question. If youd like to be a part of this study email your answer to me at the address below. Heres the question: Do you believe we the people have become too dependent on our technical device? (Emphasis is on the word Too.) Please send your response ASAP so I can tally the results. I will be watching my phone for your Yes or No by email.
Seriously nowdo you ever see people sitting together in a restaurant, texting instead of carrying on a conversation? Maybe theyre checking their email, watching the news or a ballgame, or playing a game? Perhaps they are texting the person sitting across the table.
How many times have you seen someone texting or watching a movie while they drive? Scary, huh? Have you ever done any of the above? Honestly! Okay! I have done some of those things, but I have never texted while driving. Maybe Ive read a text while sitting at a red light, but I didnt send a text and I always put my phone down when the impolite driver behind me blew his horn impatiently.
Here are a couple of thoughts for you while you prepare to take the survey:
First, the Golden Rule says, Do to others as you would have them do to you. (NIV)
Second, humans can predict the weather, but we cant control it. Matthew 5:45 tells us that God sends sunshine on the good and evil alike and He causes it to rain on the righteous as well as the unrighteous. And in John 3:8 we find these words, The wind blows where it wishes and you hear it, but you cant tell where it comes from or where its going. (Prognosticate means to offer an educated guess.)
As the weather goes, I must agree with Mark Twain (or maybe it was Charles Dudley Warner), when he said, Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.
As far as the Golden Rule goes, our world would be a better place if we would just do it!
We talk about the weather more than we discuss the Golden Rule. Just remember: you cant do anything about the weather, but you can do something about the way you treat other peoplewhether on an electronic device, driving or just living in general!
Steve Playl is chaplain at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
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Posted: February 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm
People early on learn the Golden Rule, essentially to treat others (regardless of differences) as you wish to be treated. This idea is found in many faiths as well. For example, love and compassion, not hatred and coldness, are a key part of Jesus’ teachings as well as part of other religions.
The political campaigns and outcome of the Nov. 8 election have served as a wake-up call for many and emphasized the need for people to recommit themselves to the Golden Rule. There is now a widespread realization that there are increased threats, including violence, to vulnerable populations, especially minorities, immigrants, gays, poor people and the disabled in this country. It is great that so many people today are engaging in the effort to support the vulnerable who have been suffering for decades or longer.
However, it’s not just individual and group acts of discrimination that are of concern. Vulnerable groups have long been targeted by biased policies and by systemic racism. Examples include the abuse of blacks during the Jim Crow period and the theft of properties and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.
From colonial time, and especially in hard economic times, the rich and powerful used the idea of divide and conquer to keep the overwhelming majority of people from coming together to challenge the power of the few. Unfortunately, this approach is still effective. Hatred against and fear of minorities (including immigrants) is stoked by scapegoating them for the recurring economic hardships and for crimes. Until we understand how we are being manipulated to protect the interests of the 1 percent, we won’t achieve an economic system meet the needs of the people and the race to the bottom will continue.
Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Therefore we also have to consider our treatment of peoples in other nations. For example, we have allowed and often encouraged our government to use extreme violence against people who were different from us, especially when we coveted their lands and/or resources. We tended to view the other as inferior, even less than human, and therefore we seemed to think that we could violate the Golden Rule as well as international and human rights laws.
The genocide against Native Americans is a horrific example of our violations. Our government and population acted shamefully against Native Americans, including breaking most treaties negotiated with them. Unfortunately, the treatment of the Sioux water protectors at Standing Rock demonstrates that we have made little progress in following the Golden Rule toward these fellow humans.
The fire bombings of several German and Japanese cities and the use of nuclear weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed our almost total disregard for civilian lives. By its bombing of cities, the U.S. followed the lead of the enemies and of Britain in committing atrocious war crimes.
According to J. Robert Oppenheimer, even before the approval of the use of the atomic bomb, Secretary of War Henry Stimson expressed dismay at the “appalling” lack of conscience and compassion ushered in by the war. Stimson stated that he was disturbed by the “complacency, the indifference, and the silence with which we greeted the mass bombings in Europe, and, above all, Japan.” This indifference likely was also found in the populations of Germany, Japan and Britain.
More recently, the U.S. committed horrendous crimes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia as well as in the Middle East, starting in Iraq. The illegal and immoral attack on Iraq has played a major role in creating the disaster spreading throughout the Middle East. We, the U.S. public, have generally shown a lack of compassion for the victims of our crimes.
If we are ever to live up to the Golden Rule, all people must realize that the “others” are fellow human beings with equally valuable lives.
Ron Forthofer is a retired professor of biostatistics who lives in Longmont.
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More than three decades ago, an unlikely confluence of regional influences mushrooms, the Wyeths, and a passel of crooks redefined a Kennett Square residents career path.
Hercules Herc Avello, who marked his 30th anniversary with the Chester County Sheriffs Office last month, said he expected to follow his fathers footsteps into the mushroom industry. From the age of 10, he had performed a variety of odd jobs, ranging from washing to picking, at ACA Mushrooms, his fathers company.
Born and raised in Kennett Square with a brother and a sister, Avello joined the Future Business Leaders of America Club at Kennett High, and he recalled being the only male in his typing class. He selected it because he figured it would serve him well in the mushroom industry as well as at the Poolside Deli, a family store next to the YMCA that was run by his mother.
I thought that was my path, Avello said. Then, a couple of incidents made him reconsider his vocation.
Avello said his father had a heart attack in the late 1970s at the young age of 47, an experience that necessitated some major lifestyle changes. As his father struggled to rebound, another setback occurred. Avello, who was 19 at the time, remembered coming home one day from work and finding his parents distraught as police officers and detectives combed their home.
The family had fallen prey to a brazen burglary ring that made national headlines in 1982. Among its victims: Andrew Wyeth. Fortunately for the artist, the thieves, who included a mushroom grower from Avondale, were not particularly skilled at fencing stolen paintings. By early 1983, a massive FBI investigation resulted in five indictments.
But repercussions from the crime continued for his family, Avello said. His father, who had been targeted for his coin collection, decided to sell the mushroom business. By then, his sons brush with law enforcement had left an indelible, positive impact. I remember being really impressed with the job they did, Avello said, adding that he wanted to emulate them.
Avello learned that the Chester County Prison had an opening. So he took a job there, and he enrolled in the Municipal Police Academy at Delaware County Community College. A year and a half later, a position opened in the Chester County Sheriffs Office.
By then, he was married and starting a family, which now includes his lovely wife Kathy, a son, a daughter and a granddaughter, and the regular schedule appealed to him. So he changed gears on Jan. 5, 1987. A bonus: He started working with gun permits, a position he has continued.
I grew up hunting, Avello said. So I was very comfortable in that role. It really seemed to be my calling. He even got to utilize those typing skills.
But it wasnt until seven years ago that Avello fully appreciated the wisdom of his career choice. He was playing ice hockey with colleagues from the Sheriffs Office at Ice Line in West Goshen Township when genetics caused history to repeat itself. At age 46, Avello experienced a heart attack.
He credits county resources and the fast action by deputies and West Goshen police with saving his life.
Were really fortunate to live in a county that ensures that first-responders have the tools they need, he said, explaining that a defibrillator was in the police car. He said a recent Valentines Day demonstration of hands-only CPR by the county commissioners reinforced their continuing commitment to citizens health.
Avello said he hoped to replicate the recovery of his father, who went on to enjoy more than 3 decades. In the meantime, Avello still finds great satisfaction in assisting people with gun permits.
A lot has changed, he said, ranging from the disappearance of typewriters to the countys significant growth.
Thirty years ago, Avello said that he knew about five percent of the people who came into the office. Back then, the office processed 30 to 50 permits a month; that number now runs from 250 to 300. The increase hasnt slowed the process, though, since technology enables background checks to be done almost instantly.
Avello said he believes the Sheriffs Office is a special place to work. When I hear people say the boss is only as good as the people below, I have to disagree, said Avello. That hasnt been my experience: I work hard because of Sheriff (Carolyn Bunny) Welsh. She sets the tone.
Part of the office philosophy mirrors his own, Avello said.
I was always taught to treat people the way you want to be treated, and that seems to work well here, he concluded.
Posted: February 23, 2017 at 1:42 pm
SALYERSVILLE Johnson Central punched its ticket to the 15th Region Tournament on Tuesday night with a 77-61 win over Paintsville in the opening round of the 57th District Tournament at the Magoffin County Fieldhouse.
The Golden Eagles, who won their 11th straight game, will play the winner of Sheldon Clark and Magoffin County on Friday for the district championship. The title game will mark the seventh straight for Central, which has won four district crowns since 2011 and is looking to win its fourth in five years.
Its a shame that either Sheldon Clark or Magoffin County will not be playing in the regional tournament, said Johnson Central coach Tommy McKenzie. Either one of those teams are good enough to win the regional tournament.
Centrals pressure defense set the tone early on. Paintsville turnovers quickly turned into easy transition baskets.
For a night that we didnt particularly shoot the ball well, we were fortunate to get some fast-break baskets, added McKenzie. Central (24-6)finished 39 percent from the floor on 26-of-67 shooting. It wasnt pretty, but it was a win.
Paintsville lost for the 11th straight time. Its a building process for Tigers coach Landon Slone, who led Paintsville (8-20) to its last 57th District title in 2008. That was the last time the Tigers played in the 15th Region Tournament.
Weve got a solid core of players, said Slone. The Tigers starting five included an eighth-grader, two freshmen, a sophomore and a senior.
Im proud of our players, and theyre going to write a new chapter in the history of our great program in time,he said.
Freshman Seth Williams had a game-high 26 points to lead the Tigers.
Johnson Central, which forced a running clock for most of the second half, had four players in double figures. Senior Cole Crace had 17 points. Senior Mason Blair followed with 12. He was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. Senior Austin Davis and sophomore Jacob Rice each finished with 10.
PAINTSVILLE 13 5 16 14 61
J. CENTRAL 28 21 15 13 77
Paintsville (61) Trent Vanover 0(2) 0-0 6; Seth Williams 4(5) 3-4 26; James Allen 0 2-2 2; Mason Moore 2(1) 2-4 9; Braxton Tharp 1 2-2 4; Ethan Hensley 1 0-0 2; Michael Prater 1(1) 2-2 5; Brandon Richmond 2 1-2 5; Ryan Moore 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11(9) 11-18 61.
Johnson Central (77) Leon Moshefy 2 2-4 6; Austin Davis 1(2) 2-2 10; Cole Crace 2(3) 4-4 17; Mason Blair 2(2) 2-3 12; Jacob Rice 2(2) 0-0 10; Caleb Price 1 0-0 2; Dalton Collins 1 1-2 3; Blake Delong 2 0-0 4; Gabe Ferrell 0(1) 0-2 3; Isaiah May 0 3-4 3; Jarrett Blair 1(1) 0-0 5; Cory VanHoose 1 0-2 2. Totals: 15(11) 16-23 77.
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United Way to present Golden Rule-Lightkeepers, Fabric of our Community Awards – Jacksonville Daily News
Posted: at 1:42 pm
The Golden Rule Lightkeepers Awards a partnership between the United Way and The Daily News along with the City of Jacksonvilles Fabric of Our Community Award will be presented at this years luncheon on Friday
Excellence will be recognized this week at a luncheon to honor community volunteers.
The Golden Rule Lightkeepers Awards a partnership between the United Way and The Daily News along with the City of Jacksonvilles Fabric of Our Community Award will be presented at this years luncheon on Friday at noon at the Courtyard by Marriott in Jacksonville.
The awards are something United Way Volunteer Onslow Director Shelly Kieweg said highlight the accomplishments of local volunteers.
When we recognize excellence, we acknowledge volunteer efforts that go above and beyond, which in turn makes them feel proud of their own accomplishments and want to continue to volunteer for us, Kieweg said. Volunteers are priceless. They are the backbone and add value to nonprofit organizations.
For recipients to qualify for an award, they must be a volunteer in a capacity that helps the community and be nominated as Lightkeepers, from which the Golden Rule winners are also selected, by an individual or a community agency, Kieweg said. Golden Rule Award winners will then be nominated for the N.C. Governors Volunteer Service Award.
The Fabric of our Community Awards new this year will recognize community members who through a lifetime of work, have helped achieve higher civic education, improved the civic infrastructure of our community or performed efforts to advance citizenship, citizen participation and encouragement of our community.
For Kieweg, the experience of watching volunteers receive these awards is truly moving. Its something she said makes the staffs hearts happy.
Most volunteers dont volunteer for recognition, she said. They volunteer because they are giving back to their community, and that is what matters most. To see their faces when they are being recognized is priceless.
Kieweg said that while no award can match the satisfaction a volunteer can receive from serving a neighbor in need, the event is the least they can do. She encouraged the public to nominate individuals who do much to make the community better. To nominate a volunteer, visit JDNews.com/UnsungHeroes to fill out a nomination form.
The luncheon, catered by The Flame, is open to the public. Those who wish to attend can RSVP at UWOnslow.org. Tickets, which are $15 each, can be paid for online or at the door.
Posted: February 22, 2017 at 4:40 am
After serving as president of KFC, Cheryl Bachelder became CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in 2007. At the time, the national chain of fried chicken restaurants was a mess. Employee morale suffered amid plummeting sales and profits. Franchise owners distrusted the companys leadership team.
Determined to reverse the downhill spiral, Bachelder revamped the culture. She encouraged teamwork and knocked down silos that prevented collaboration. She treated every employee with respect and warmth, embracing the concept of servant leadership in which her job revolved around supporting their success.
Rather than make bold plans in her early months as CEO, Bachelder focused on mending fences with disgruntled franchise owners. She traveled to seven cities, meeting franchise owners in small groups and inviting input. Calling it a listening tour, she took detailed notes.
I think thats the keyto not assume you know, she says. And also that you never forget that the people closest to the business actually do know whats going on.
Based on their feedback, Bachelder formulated a turnaround plan. She drafted a one-page list of goals, strategies and priorities that she billed the Road Map for Results. She led town-hall meetings to share her road map with employees and solicit their opinions, asking them, Does that ring true? Is that what you were trying to tell us? Is that a plan you could be excited about?
Another key to the turnaround: Bachelders embrace of the Golden Rule. She urges everyone to act like the leader they wished they worked for. She often asks supervisors to describe the traits of a great leader that theyve known. Then she asks, Are you being that leader to the people that work for you?
Adapted from Servant Leadership in a Louisiana Kitchen, Sarah Stanley, http://www.acton.org.
Posted: February 20, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Michael Schrader 9:27 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2017
After the most contentious and nasty election in my lifetime, I decided to take a break and delve into the world of history. Reading history is my comfort food; I find it a wonderful distraction from the day-to-day drama of life. There is an old expression that those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it; I am afraid we are all doomed.
I have been reading about two major World War II battles that are not really talked about in our history classes, because we were not involved, and if we were not involved, it is somehow not important; but it is. The siege of Leningrad lasted almost three years from 1941 through 1943, and exposed one of the most diabolical objectives ever in war the complete and total annihilation of a group of people, the Slavs, whom the Germans felt were inferior and were using resources that would be better used by the Germans. The Germans attacked the Poles and the Russians with the objective of depopulating the land and using it for German colonization and expansion. A German Manifest Destiny if you will.
When the Sioux refused to give up their land in the Black Hills, the solution was to starve them to death to get the land by cutting off their food supply, which led to the wholesale slaughter of tens of millions of buffalo. The Germans used the same concept at Leningrad get the land by starving the people to death. Reading the first-hand accounts of the Leningraders reveals the bad and good of human nature there were many bad, who hoarded food and had no qualms about watching others die, but there were many more good people, who took a whatever you to others, you do to me approach. Incredibly, even though hundreds of thousands died, hundreds of thousands lived.
Fast forward to the last battle of the war, Berlin. With the tables turned, the Russians had Berlin surrounded. Unlike in Leningrad, the cradle of socialist atheism, where the majority of people opted to help each other, Berliners helped themselves. Neighbor turned against neighbor and did not hesitate to turn them into the authorities for liquidation. The German government decided it would be better to destroy the city and the million plus people in it than let the Russians have it, even blowing up infrastructure that the citizens relied upon to live. When the Russian troops entered the city, one of the first things they brought was food. Yes, the Russians did commit atrocities, but those paled in comparison to what the Christian capitalist Germans did to them.
So, are we Leningraders or Berliners? I have heard some very nasty rhetoric lately, that somehow if you are not a Christian capitalist you are somehow subhuman. Ironically, it was the Godless Communists of Leningrad who actually behaved more Christian than the Christian Germans did. Your religion, or lack of one, does not make you better or worse than anyone else it is how you treat others. When I see someone walk around Kroger wearing a shirt with the outline of the continental 48 and the words Fyou! We are full! that is alarming. If you have ever been west of the Mississippi, you know that there is plenty of room available; or is it that we do not want people who we deem as subhuman?
When I see a customer at Kroger take every single loaf of wheat bread without any thought that others might want wheat bread, I wonder. When people hear insults and putdowns of others and do not stand up for what is right, that gossip mongering is wrong, and instead pile on because they do not like the target of the gossip, I wonder. When people know that someone is sick or injured and do not bother to check up on them and see if they are OK or need anything, I wonder. If we were under siege, would we be the Leningraders or the Berliners?
Seeing how uncivil, uncaring, and rude we have become with each other, I am pessimistic.
Community columnist Michael Schrader lives in Port Huron.
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Posted: February 17, 2017 at 1:46 am
Hector h3cz Rodriguez is the owner of one of esports most popular properties, OpTic Gaming.
His vision has helped create a peerless franchise, where tournament viewership can rest solely on the performance of his team.
Through daily video logs and regular streaming, as team owner h3cz is every bit as famous as his high profile players, amassing his dedicated audience.
Social media is a vital cog in the OpTic Gaming machine and has been key to building their reputation.
Still, social media continues to be a minefield, even for veterans like Hector. In the first of a regular column, he discuss his own experiences and how theyve helped mould the way OpTic approach platforms like Twitter:
The Golden Rule of Twitter
I have one particular rule with the OpTic players and staff; no swearing on Twitter, the main reason you need to be professional in esports, regardless of your role, is because first impressions are everything.
A message that I like to drill into anyone associated with OpTic, is that you never know whos watching. Whether you like it or not, the root of the competitive gaming industry is money from advertising via brand sponsorship.
It makes everything go around and without it, all wed have is Gamebattles. As esports expands beyond the endemic companies who are aware of the industry, you get into non-endemic space with companies who want a piece of the action, and it would be naive to think that you know which companies are thinking about sponsoring you. Large brands will always have researchers out to identify the next big thing.
If those brands arent familiar with the accepted terminology in esports, they could be put off by you Tweeting out that you f****** hate this TV show. Judging a book by its cover is something people tell you not to do, but its the first thing that a company will do when starting a business relationship.
A relatable example would be when you go for a job interview, regardless of the position, youre going to wear and suit and tie to put your best foot forward and make a good impression.
Im not saying that you have to always be squeaky clean, because a lot of sponsors will allow you creative freedom, but you have to remember that people from outside of the esports world will not read the things you say in the tone in which you tell them.
Always be aware of how you are perceived. There is a huge difference between audio and text; it is a lot easier to give context while filming, tone, facial expressions, body language etc. on the other hand, on Twitter its almost impossible to detect the tone of the author, especially when its someone you dont know.
The same rule goes with sarcasm so avoid when possible. An example I always like to give about Twitter swearing happened back when the Old Men of OpTic were playing Ghosts in 2014. It completely changed the way I viewed social media and the way I interacted with it.
A young streamer had Tweeted at me that I was missing shots because I was getting old. In what I considered a joking manner, I responded F*** you dude as in HA HA F you dude, quit bustin my chops.
Not an hour had passed when I was contacted by the mother of this young fan, who said that she wasnt happy about the way I had talked to her son. I quickly realised that I didnt know how old he was, I didnt know his circumstances and that responding in that way was leaving me open to potential problems. She read that Tweet as a direct insult to her son, when I meant it in an entirely harmless way.
I respect her vigilance as a parent. While I probably wouldnt have reacted in the same way, it taught me that you couldnt assume how someone will read something; you cant assume that they know the context or the back story and instead of having to explain myself, my Tweet or my teammates Tweets, from the moment that happened, I stopped swearing on Twitter and in turn, I implemented the no swearing rule for the rest of OpTic I too needed to be vigilant and protect me, them and OpTic from any misunderstanding.
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Motivating Your Team: Why The Golden Rule Doesn't Always Apply
We all have different preferences. My wife, Mary, watches sports. I watch nature shows. She roots for the Knicks. I root for the young impala dodging the cheetah. Occasionally, I surprise her with tickets to a game at Madison Square Garden. While she …