Saturday, November 17, 2012


My reflection this morning is on self-promotion.  As a writer in today’s market, the only way to sell books—outside of having a very well known person on radio or TV give you a recommendation—is pure self-promotion.  Setting up book signings at every nook and cranny you can find, having cards made to pass out to everyone, websites, etc.  It’s a full-time job, and somewhat expensive, really.  .

For two reasons I have failed at this part of the writing profession, although I think my writing is good.  One is time—I have a full-time job that pays the bills and am in a doctoral program.  Not much time for anything else beyond relationships.  Second is my personality and values orientation.  As a Christian I have had it beaten into me that “He must increase and I must decrease.”  There may be a line that one can walk between self-promotion and humility, but I haven’t found it yet. 

For every minute one spends in self-promotion, one is taken away from the real work.  In my case, that real work is a calling, whereas self-promotion is not.

This is not to say I am humble.  I have taught for 33 years and think I’ve done a pretty good job of it.  I know a lot of teachers who should get national awards but they don’t because they quietly do their work but no one champions them.  How does one get championed?  By making sure one is noticed. 

I am reading UPSIDE DOWN LEADERSHIP by Taylor Field.  An excellent book as counterpoint to a class I am taking in leadership.  He is pretty adamant about the need to be faithful with what you are called to do and let the leadership placement part be in God’s hands.  I recently tried to get a leadership job but did not because the people making the decision wanted someone from a different academic background.  That’s ok, really.  I have bigger fish to fry, and it might be that God never puts me in another leadership position again.  For my own benefit and that of others.  I won’t be qualified to be a leader just because I finish a doctorate in organizational leadership. 

Other times I think I am not in a leadership position because of laziness.  I do admit that I don’t have the energy I used to, and I like time alone to read and reflect and do my own thing.  A person desiring leadership usually must want it very badly, which I can’t say I do.  When it is thrust upon me, however, I do it well. 

Election PostMortem

I was as  disappointed—no, angry, deeply, deeply angry—about Obama’s re-election as anyone. I couldn’t sleep that night. There have been many postmortems about Romney’s campaign:  what he did wrong, whom he didn’t appeal to, why he couldn’t connect.  I do think many people had trouble connecting with someone so different--rich, never drinks coffee or a beer, an odd religion that many think is cultic. (I really wonder if he believes all the Mormon doctrine or just stays in it for family reasons.)  But the bottom line is that Obama spent the last 18 months, or maybe four years, appealing to groups to get him re-elected.  He has done nothing for the country; he’s a joke as a presidential leader.  Now all the crises are confronting him because he didn’t deal with them. 

Obama is not like any president we’ve had before, and I don’t mean racially.  He is far more left-wing and unabashedly appears to have no interest in following the constitution.  I am not sure when the American people are going to wake up. 

Some say he was re-elected because he gave people stuff.  I don’t think it’s stuff; he gave people “rights” they think they should have and some of these rights are the power to not be held responsible for their actions.  It’s a failure in the American people of morality, not work ethic.  I think most people still want to work hard and make money and don’t want government largesse.  But they do want the government to give them rights and privileges they didn’t traditionally have.  The ability to enter the country without impunity (although he has deported many people, the borders aren't secure).  Gay marriage.  Smoking pot. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Are you kidding me?

I hope this means over an extended period, at least (though it's still ridiculous).  But if he means in one year, we're doomed.  If he taxed those over $250,000 a year at 50% or better, it still wouldn't come near 1.6 Trillion.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Interesting Video

This is Even Creepier than the other one

Obama has no class.  He would denounce this stuff if he did.

Text of my presentation at Southern States Communication Conference on Open Educational Resources

On April 8 I spoke at SSCA on the subject of Open Educational Resources.  Here is the text of my remarks. The University System of Geo...