Good Manners and Forks

Good manners is much more than knowing what fork to use. Good manners is listening to the other person and showing them respect.

Based on a comment during an interview with George Will

Facts versus Opinions

“You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”

Daniel Patrick Moynihan


How to navigate Impossible Conversations

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Do you have difficulty having conversations with people who strongly disagree with you? There are plenty of subjects these days that lead to very unpleasant arguments. I don’t have to tell you what these subjects are.

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Kruger National Park August 2021

Good friends are visiting Kruger this week. They have seen plenty of game including a leopard. They are having a great time. Here are some of the pictures they have WhatsApped to me. Enjoy!

Six pictures, starting with a picture they took of two baboons in a tree!

Scroll down please.

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!
Snooze time! Its been 35 degrees!
Mother never sleeps.
I am ok. All of you drink first!
Take your time. I don’t mind waiting!
Armed and dangerous (ask any baboon).

PS The Baboons were not in a tree above the lions! If they were, that is what they would be thinking!

Sunlight and Free Speech

The sunlight of free speech is the best disinfectant against the darkness of irrational beliefs.

Photo by Rajiv Bajaj on Unsplash

Based on a metaphor in Free Speech by Andrew Doyle

Freedom of Expression (Free Speech)

How important is freedom of expression (free speech)?

Listen to the words of Benjamin Cardozo, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1932–38. He described freedom of expression as:

‘(T)he matrix, the indispensable condition, of nearly every other form of freedom’.

Quote from Free Speech by Andrew Doyle

Chinese Ink vs. Memory

Put all important communications and contracts in writing, Later it makes it easy for you to prove what was communicated or agreed.

Good advice. Why? Memories fade away. A written record lasts much longer.

A saying attributed to China explains it this way:

The faintest ink is more powerful than the sharpest memory