Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Yet the journey from that point on is rife with paradox. Many of us have accumulated more friends, family and stuff than we could ever
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Whenever possible and practical, it makes sense to support local shops and restaurants. While there are certainly any number of out-of-state or internationally owned businesses that do good things here in our town, the biggest and most vociferous advocates for our communities are ordinarily those that are home-grown. Pfizer may sell a ton of its pharmaceuticals in central Indiana, but it was Eli Lilly & Company that threw its support behind our Super Bowl effort. Pfizer is likely helping get the big game to be slated in New York where its HQ is based. But, I also like the fact that local businesses are often smaller and closer to the intent of the original founders. They are more able to adapt to local influence and standards. And, they are much more likely to deliver a unique and distinctly regional attitude.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In a world of instant messaging and the land of ubiquitous social media, an off-handed remark can be broadcast to thousands – perhaps millions of people. Urged by the goal of expanding those who know and understand the importance of routine philanthropy in their lives, our community foundation, The LegacyFund, has started a program to make full use of the array of these modern communication tools including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and LinkedIn. Mostly Legacy Fund posts photos of local events and heroes along with the occasional notice of some piece designed to inspire giving. Yet when reposting a story from the Wall Street Journal which innocuously enough supported corporate philanthropy, a far-away reader jumped into the fray with a stinging assessment of the purported generosity of the business leaders who give. Now, it seems that one can, at the push of an all-too-easy button on the handy cell phone, post each fragment of thought.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Encarta defines it in two ways:
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The blame lies with dependence on the tiny screen of our smartphones. How could we humans be expected to spend hours per day peering desperately into the 3 by 4 inch monitor without some negative impact on our vision? With tiny, tiny print and all-too-much information jam-packed into its alluring interactive screen, some of us have become dependent on the reminders, messages and news that arrive throughout the day. Yet whatever the reason for our collective and growing addiction, I hold it to account for my ever diminishing acuity of vision. When complaining about it, my less tactful friends will point out that for decades I’ve awakened in the morning instantly able to see both near and far without assistance. And even as peers have succumbed to glasses, contacts or surgery, I’ve lived blissfully unaware of these challenges.