Thinking Out Loud


  • Looking for a Bargain?

    It’s a game we’re used to playing each time we go shopping, whether at the store or online. We see something we want, something we would value having, and we check out the price. Then we start to calculate: How much did it cost them to make this, and how much are they making on me?   Read More...

  • The Fifth Dimension

    There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge.   Read More...

  • The Ascension Television Network

    As a child of the 50s and 60s I was nurtured on the wit and wisdom of what some have called the Golden Age of television. Shows like Leave it To Beaver, Gunsmoke, Father Knows Best, the Beverly Hillbillies, Ed Sullivan and the Twilight Zone provided me with hours of entertainment, adventure, and suspense. These shows, from an age that seemed more innocent and morally certain than what I observe today, taught me many important life lessons that continue to shape how I view the world.   Read More...

  • Habits of the Heart and Mind

    I began this year’s Baccalaureate chapel by putting this question to our students: “Students…of the teachers you had this year…whose classes did you like the best…and with whom did you learn the most?” Turning to the teachers and parents who were also in the audience, I added: “Teachers and parents…think about the teacher or teachers who had the greatest impact on your life. Why did you remember them? Why were you so able to learn from these people?” I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that these m...  Read More...

  • We Help Make Them Better

    One of the catchier advertizing slogans I’ve heard in recent years comes from a rather unexpected source. I’m sure you’ve seen it on TV. At BASF, we don’t make many of the things you need to live—we make them better.   Read More...

  • Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    One of TV’s most familiar and beloved theme songs from the 1990s describes a cozy little haven just off the Boston Commons where all kinds of people came to gather and shared their stories with us each week. No matter what you may think about taverns in big cities, the prospects of finding such a place where we feel known and safe has its allure. Ironically the real Cheers tavern lies just about a mile from the scene of the latest brutal assault on American citizens.   Read More...

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