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George Will – “That’s what I call progress.”

by Bernie Swain
The Wall Street Journal once called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America." George Will is a Pulitzer-Prize winning political commentator that has had long running syndicated articles in a myriad of publications. Here he reflects on his father and his 40-year career. I believe that the family is the primary transmitter of social capital, and I had the inestimable good fortune to be raised by parents who discussed, argued, and read voraciously, providing me with a childhood in … Continue reading "George Will – “That’s what I call progress.”"

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Kevin Carroll – Priceless Discipline

by Bernie Swain
Kevin has been an inspiration to everyone from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren. His life and the lessons he learned teach us to embrace the spirit of play and creativity. The year was 1964. The place was my first-grade classroom in Philadelphia. I was sitting at my desk when the teacher was called out of the room. After a couple of minutes, she came back in and walked over to me, leaned down, and told me … Continue reading "Kevin Carroll – Priceless Discipline"

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Bonnie St.John – If I Can Do this, I Can Do Anything.

by Bernie Swain
The sports world is liberally represented on the lecture circuit. Competition in sports creates clear winners and losers. And the world loves winners. But sometimes, the competition in sports is intertwined with a greater competition in life. When that happens, you get lessons that are far deeper than those learned from winning or losing a game or contest. That is what we found in amputee, silver medal-winning Olympic skier, and Rhodes Scholar Bonnie St. John. Here’s what she’s lived and … Continue reading "Bonnie St.John – If I Can Do this, I Can Do Anything."

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Charles Plumb – Vietnam POW

by Bernie Swain
The Vietnam War was a divisive war in many ways and characterized by large protests and violent riots. I remember walking out of my room as a student at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and seeing cars turned over and on fire and the National Guard standing 4 deep three blocks away ready sweep the campus and arrest anyone standing out in the open. It was not a war fought by the 1% as wars are today. The draft … Continue reading "Charles Plumb – Vietnam POW"

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Dot Richardson – Girls Can’t Play Ball

by Bernie Swain
I knew as a young child that God had given me the gift of athletic ability. Whether I was throwing a ball, racing around on my bike, or climbing a tree, I felt completely alive, filled with a spirit that was larger than myself. In school, girls weren’t allowed to try out for the teams, but I played pickup games of baseball, basketball, and kickball after school. Sports just came naturally to me, and I felt the Lord’s pleasure when … Continue reading "Dot Richardson – Girls Can’t Play Ball"