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Sunday, November 19, 2017

LeBron's men in the mirror

LeBron James  (Photo by Keith Allison)
In a milieu where competition reigns, LeBron James is pointing fingers in useful directions:  at himself and his teammates.

Rather than focusing upon gossip and predictions, he is instead fixed upon improvement.  Refusing to be caught up in external hype gives him that much more energy for what really counts.

Over the years, James has learned to get “so far beyond” limiting opinions.  He now simply aims to “show up and be... great.” 

Keeping that focus where it belongs has been instrumental to his enduring success.  It furthermore serves as an example for those who allow themselves to be defined by others.


Copyright November 19, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A fine line between error and abuse?

Jane Curtin   (Photo by Alan Light)
In the world of comedy, certain things are not that funny.  The same is true within politics and many other professions.

Sexual abuse has been making some long-overdue headlines.  When there is a clear- cut history of repeat offenses, harsh penalties seem particularly appropriate.  But what about cases in which such behavior seems a departure from the perpetrator’s usual modus operandi?

This question is now being asked about Senator Al Franken. Although some are claiming, “There is a pervert in the Senate,” others are rallying to his defense.  Former Saturday Night Live colleague Jane Curtin said that Franken had been “a powerful ally who viewed female writers and comedians as his equal.”  Curtin also stated that she has “never seen him [Franken] in a situation where he has been sexually aggressive with anybody.”

So where and how can the line be drawn between rare misjudgment within a context in which such behavior is commonplace and a severe character flaw?

Copyright November 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Museum of the Bible opens in DC

Museum of the Bible  (Photo by fuzheado)
Having a Museum of the Bible so close to the U. S. Capitol has made some people nervous.

Founder Steve Green has gone out of his way to soothe these fears.  Despite his own staunch Christian leanings, Green has teamed up with “a broad group of scholars as advisors,”
including New York University’s Jewish studies professor Lawrence Schiffman.

Green claims that his goal is to educate, rather than to evangelize.  Because the Bible has had such “an impact on our world,” he thinks it’s important that people become more familiar with it.

Nevertheless, some still consider this endeavor to be overly proselytizing.  The Green family has been promoting the use of a Bible-based curriculum in U. S. public schools, and Southern Methodist University’s religious studies professor Mark Chancey has stated:  The museum is a massive advertisement for the curriculum.  This curriculum has been criticized for having Bible lessons that “weren’t neutral.”       


Copyright November 18, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved