Bob Hughes · Transparent Communication · 5 hours 6 minutes ago

What accent do you speak? Do you even think of your particular accent as you engage in day-to-day conversations?

We all have accents. And no, in the United States, there’s no one accepted accent: we’re too big a country, and we have too many regional differences for any one way of speaking to prevail. Even if people from one region mock the accent of those from another, no one accent holds sway over the others (though the bland newscaster accent seems to be the one many people, for some …

Michael Drew · The WE Cycle · 1 day ago

Written by Michael R. Drew and Roy H. Williams

Make no mistake about it, we’ll find something to unite us in a “We” era despite the mean-spiritedness of certain politicians out of step with the general feeling.

We’re not talking about now. But then: The year 1933, halfway to the zenith: “Let’s keep working together for the common good.”

Technological advances included the introduction of …

Roy H. Williams · Invisible Heros · 2 days ago

Alexander is a dreamer who inspires everyone around him with visions of grand possibilities. Always the first over the wall of an enemy city, Alex is wounded in the neck at the Granicus River, in the thigh at Issus, and in the shoulder at Gaza, but he never quits fighting, never quits shouting encouragement to his men. A broken leg in Turkestan and a pierced lung in India barely slow him down. Is it any wonder he’s never lost a battle?

Alex commits to memory his soldiers’ names and …

Michael Drew · Small Actions · 5 days ago

We are often counseled to give to others: charity, service, altruism. But there is one thing that is most often omitted from the lessons on the importance of giving–the importance of receiving.

In order for one to give, there must be another willing to receive. It is a circle. One cannot exist without the other. For a variety of reasons, this omission of the importance of being a receiver makes it difficult for people to ask for help. It is far more sociably acceptable to give …

Michael Drew · The WE Cycle We Cycle Values and Pop Culture · 6 days ago

As readers and fans of Pendulum know, popular music reflects an era’s social outlook, whether it’s in an inward-looking “Me” or an outward-regarding “We” Cycle. Most musicians unconsciously put forth the ideas of the age, and their lyrics express prevailing social attitudes.

One of these is the band Skillet. While the Skillet songwriters might not be aware of the specifics of our current “We” Cycle, as we’ve explored in Pendulum, they …