The Christmas Eve Truce, Pt. 2 — The Horrible Side of the Story

On Christmas Eve 1914, in the middle of the blood and horror that was the first World War, there occurred an unplanned truce. It began in the darkness on Christmas Eve night, when the men began singing Christmas carols. Voices raising in the cold night, sparse and few at first but growing ever stronger. The soldiers of both sides sang together in the dark, words intermingling both in English and in German, but all with the same meaning. On that night and the…

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Take Time to Give Thanks: a Celebration of Free Markets and Christmas

The holidays are a time to be grateful. Although less blatant than Thanksgiving, it's part of the Christmastime tradition. Secular families give thanks for their loved ones and their blessings. Families of a Christian bend partake in something old and sacred as they gather together around tables saying grace -- in the moment, giving thanks for their food, but in the purpose of the holiday giving thanks for the birth of the son of God.…

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The Silence of Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is a night of silence. The sanctity of the night goes beyond even religion. It's one night in a span of nights in the coldest, darkest time of the year -- long swaths of darkness hovering around the solstice, wrapping the world in cold. Regardless of your religious beliefs, you feel the gravity of it -- the sun sinking and then the world turning inward. The craving of warmth and of light. The…

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How to Tell Good Stories

"All good books have one thing in common -- they are truer than if they had really happened." --Ernest Hemingway Before I start, give me twenty seconds to convince you that reading this article is a valuable use of your time, because learning how to tell good stories is important not just for obvious storytellers, but for everyone. We tell more stories than we think, but not as many as we should. Stories speak to us…

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Travel Journal: Atlanta

When I drove into Atlanta the first time it was pouring rain. I'd been on the interstate all day and I'd never been to the south before. Hot summer day with humidity so thick it made your clothes and your hair stick to you -- the kind of weather that breeds bad smells and rain. West Virginia had been too long -- ugly mountain after ugly mountain -- and Virginia had been a short but welcome swath of…

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How to Start a Mastermind (and why it’s valuable to do so)

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind.” — Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich One of the most beneficial things you can do for your professional development is form a mastermind. A mastermind is a group of people in a similar place in life who are all striving for similar goals. It’s a group dedicated to self-betterment, personal growth, and the pursuit…

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