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"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair."  -- C. S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity"   "Have fun" I yell from the front door as I bid farewell to a guest departing to engage in some everyday, mundane activity.  Why? To where is my friend headed?  To have fun of course.  Yet, might not his fun quest of this afternoon lead to the dislodging of another's jaw by nightfall?  Now where is my guest?  He is now a guest in jail, in court, in personal turmoil.    But what if someone bid me "good passage" or "best of success on your quest for truth" -- now there's a mouthful.  Yet how would this latter expression of hope shape the way I way I shave, drive, work, treat others,... read more

Public Speaking- From Fear to Fierce I went to a high school that put great emphasis on classical skills: Logic, Latin, and Rhetoric. The term “rhetoric” has a bad reputation in today’s society that is completely undeserved. The word “rhetoric” simply referred to the art of communication, often in public speaking or in discussion format. That discussion aside, I loved the methods that we were taught to overcome that fear of public speaking, and I think that others could benefit as well. I remember the first time that each person in our ninth grade class had to present a paper to our history class. We were all white-knuckled clutching our entirely pre-written papers that must have only been two or three hand written pages in length. Shaking knees and even shakier voices were quite prevalent. The next year, when we started rhetoric classes, I watched those same students, including myself, giving speeches fifteen minutes or longer with very little noticeable hesitation... read more

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