Category Archives: Social Skills

Brick Tries to Make Friends

I watched the latest episode of The Middle.  Brick tries to make friends.  And this time, he’s not doing so because his Mom or his therapist want him to do that.  He’s doing so because he wants to do that.  … Continue reading

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Ramblings on Being a Private Person

I try to write on my blog every day.  Today, I am finding that difficult.  I already posted something, but I wrote that post last week and scheduled it to appear on my blog today.  I try to write an … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: The People Factor, by Van Moody

Van Moody.  The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose.  Nashville: Nelson Books, 2014. Essentially, this book is about choosing the right people to be friends.  A lot of what it said was … Continue reading

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Kennedy & Nixon 11

On page 342 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews talks about Ted Kennedy’s meandering (and, for him, politically disastrous) response to the question of why he wanted to be President.  Matthews states: “It took seventy-one words to reach the secret … Continue reading

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Kennedy & Nixon 9

On page 299 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews talks about a way that President Richard Nixon tried to record discussions before he resorted to the taping system: “Nixon had first tried other record-keeping techniques.  At one point he had … Continue reading

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Kennedy & Nixon 7

On pages 232-233 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews tells the following story: “While Kennedy had gotten past his earlier political contests with Lodge to the point of plotting a deadly coup with him, his differences with Nixon remained personal.  … Continue reading

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Kennedy & Nixon 4

On page 120 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews states the following: “One important Democratic figure was still carefully keeping her distance from the popular Kennedy.  Eleanor Roosevelt, along with many of her devotees, continued to dislike him, if for … Continue reading

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Kennedy & Nixon 2

On page 20 of Kennedy & Nixon, Chris Matthews states regarding Richard Nixon: “Lacking a distinctive charm, he made a virtue of his regularness, offering himself as champion of the squares.” Rick Perlstein makes a similar point in his book, … Continue reading

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Making People Feel Welcome, Without Embarrassing Them

At church this morning, the pastor was leading the congregation in singing “Happy Birthday” to the people with January birthdays.  Ordinarily, we sing “Happy Birthday” to each person, one at a time.  Today, however, we sang it to all of … Continue reading

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The Ends of Power 10

On page 319 of The Ends of Power, by H.R. Haldeman (with Joseph DiMona), we read of Haldeman’s reaction to an instruction that President Richard Nixon gave to him. “[Nixon said:] ‘I want you to go in the other room … Continue reading

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