Happy Herald - Teaching from the Heart http://www.happyherald.com/articles.sec-8491-1-teaching-from-the-heart.html <![CDATA[Trust Your Talent]]> Many years ago a young Kansas City artist struggled to get his cartoons published in city newspapers. His offerings, however, were met with rejection after rejection. “Forget it,” editors told him. “You have no talent. Get a real job.” But the artist felt that he did have talent and he refused to compromise his career.]]> <![CDATA[Trust Your Talent]]> Many years ago a young Kansas City artist struggled to get his cartoons published in city newspapers. His offerings, however, were met with rejection after rejection. “Forget it,” editors told him. “You have no talent. Get a real job.” But the artist felt that he did have talent and he refused to compromise his career.]]> <![CDATA[Why the Holidays Don’t Matter]]> For the many years I’ve been writing this column, I conclude each year with an inspirational message about the importance of the holidays. This year I would like to take a different approach. I would like to suggest that the holidays don’t really matter, and there is nothing you really need to do about them.]]> <![CDATA[Somebody Needs the Wood]]> An eccentric but likeable guy in my town has literally taken upon himself the admonition to bear the cross. Years ago John fashioned a small crucifix out of wood, and since then he walks regularly along the side of a highway carrying the cross. He used to bear the cross on one shoulder while waving and blowing kisses to the folks in passing cars.]]> <![CDATA[How to Get Out of a Coma]]> I was honored to meet Morton Lauridsen, a genius musician considered by many to be the world’s greatest living composer of choral music. He is widely respected for his stirring opus, “Lux Aeterna” (“Eternal Light”). Morton told me that one of his dear friends, a conductor who often conducts Lauridsen’s compositions, fell into a coma.]]> <![CDATA[Keeping Your New Year’s Evolutions]]> Many of us make New Year’s resolutions which, according to many surveys, don’t last very long. Many are gone by the end of January, and most are gone by July. Most resolutions have to do with losing weight, saving money, and taking self-improvement courses.]]> <![CDATA[Identity Theft]]> Fortunately, the credit card company absorbed those losses, but they are not unusual. Every day crooks steal the identities of thousands of people, and as a result banks and Internet businesses go to elaborate security measures to protect customers’ identities.]]> <![CDATA[Intelligent Programming]]> While in Japan I met an American woman who had been living in that country for twenty years. I asked her how long it had taken her to learn the Japanese language. “A couple of years,” she answered. “But I still don’t understand everything. Just the things that interest me.]]> <![CDATA[Safety is Not our Goal]]> While driving on a country road I passed the parked truck of a tree trimming service. High above the vehicle a workman stood in a cherry picker, sawing overhanging branches. Beside the truck, facing the road, stood a large sign, bold black letters against a bright orange background: SAFETY IS OUR GOAL.]]> <![CDATA[Your Secret Stash]]> <![CDATA[How to Get Santa to Deliver]]> <![CDATA[Somebody to Love]]> <![CDATA[The Vampire Strikes Back]]> <![CDATA[The Subway Experiment]]> <![CDATA[The Picture and the Frame]]> <![CDATA[Truth or Sabotage?]]> <![CDATA[When We’ll All Get There]]> <![CDATA[The Truth about Fairy Tales]]> <![CDATA[The Secret Voice]]> <![CDATA[A Critical Gift]]>