On My Mind

Will We Become Bitter or Better?

By Joe Barnett / August 8, 2020 / Comments Off on Will We Become Bitter or Better?

If you belong to a generation predating Gen X, Audrey Hepburn (1929–1993) swept you off your feet in Roman Holiday, Funny Face, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or My Fair Lady. You know Audrey. What you may not know is the backstory that seems the polar opposite of her on-screen charm. That story was what prompted her […]

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An Arm Around Your Shoulder

By Joe Barnett / July 11, 2020 / Comments Off on An Arm Around Your Shoulder

Jackie Robinson is celebrated as the first African-American to play major league baseball, breaking the color barrier and changing professional sports forever. (Note: Actually, Jackie wasn’t the first black ballplayer in the major leagues. That honor belongs to Moses “Fleet” Walker, way back in 1883. But that’s a history lesson for another time.) Robinson is […]

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Easter — A Happily Ever After Story

By Joe Barnett / April 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Easter — A Happily Ever After Story

A group of grieving women who watched Jesus die on Friday trudged to the tomb to anoint his body on Sunday. But the tomb was empty. “He is not here,” an angel told them; “he has risen!” Risen? Who could believe such a thing? His disciples should have. He had told them more than once […]

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What Will Matter (Part Two)

By Joe Barnett / March 7, 2020 / Comments Off on What Will Matter (Part Two)

A while back, I wrote a piece titled “What Will Matter?” I have continued to think about it—so here is a second batch. There will come a time when your book, This Is Your Life, will sign off with “The End.” A time when the last page on your calendar has been turned. A time […]

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What is Most Important to You?

By Joe Barnett / February 8, 2020 / Comments Off on What is Most Important to You?

October 22, 2019, was the first day of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals. The games weren’t Friday Night Lights for low-income families—the average per-ticket price was $950. Standing-room started at $360; a seat on the outfield deck was $650; a box seat was $2,500; a spot in the elite […]

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Today I Resolve

By Joe Barnett / January 4, 2020 / Comments Off on Today I Resolve

Noble actions are the children of noble resolutions. Use these thirty Resolutions as seed thoughts, rewording them as needed to fit your circumstances. Today I Resolve to express appreciation to ___________, who has blessed my life. Today I Resolve to brighten every room I enter with a smile. Today I Resolve to be thankful for […]

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Disruptions

By Joe Barnett / December 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Disruptions

Knock, knock. “Who is it?” Knock! Knock! Knock! “Yes?” she said, cracking open the door. “Mary?” “Yes.” “Mary, my name is Gabriel. Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. . . . Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth […]

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Questions Worth Asking

By Joe Barnett / November 2, 2019 / Comments Off on Questions Worth Asking

Voltaire said the way to judge a person is by the questions they ask. That, it seems to me, is especially true of questions we ask ourselves. Here are a few that are worth asking. Is anger going to make this better? Some people send our anger thermometer sky-high: callous bosses, crabby salespeople, exasperating know-it-alls, […]

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I’ve Learned . . .

By Joe Barnett / October 5, 2019 / Comments Off on I’ve Learned . . .

Andy Rooney, best known for his weekly broadcast “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” at the end of CBS’s 60 Minutes, had the gift of saying so much with so few words. He died in 2011, but many of his words live on. In a piece entitled “I’ve Learned . . .” he noted twenty-seven […]

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Saying Goodbye

By Joe Barnett / September 7, 2019 / Comments Off on Saying Goodbye

Andy was standing in the dark, staring into space. His son walked up beside him and draped an arm on his shoulder. “Do you remember when she first got sick?” he asked. “You took Britney and me to breakfast and laid a speech on us.” “I did?” “Yeah, you did. You told us that we […]

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