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Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosprecate/Dear Media Rostra Community, Thank you for reading, sharing, and discussing the essays published here on Media Rostra. The site went inactive following the 2012 election, but please feel free to browse the archives, since much of the content here is "evergreen" and remains … [Read More...]

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The Innkeeper: A Christmas Story

My name is Pradeep Patel. I operate a small motel off of Interstate 55 about an hour southwest of Chicago. And I need to tell you a story. As night began to fall, I lit the “No Vacancy” sign for the first time in months. All twelve rooms in our inn were full for the holiday travel season. I had retired to my small … [Read More...]

black.marble.panorama

Our Historical Moment

I spent five years studying the American Revolution. I read the founders' letters and diaries and commonplace books. In a strange way--because I learned their secrets--I got to know them better than they knew each other. As it turns out, they were men and women just like we are. They had flaws and warts. They made some … [Read More...]

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The Drawbacks of Consulting or: The Parable of the School Bus

I have done a lot of management consulting over the years. While the business can be lucrative, it has two major drawbacks: 1) the hollow grind of frequent business travel, and 2) the frustrating limitation of advisory agency. The first is self-explanatory, if you’ve ever spent week after week in placeless hotel rooms and … [Read More...]

Tetons

Transforming Resources into Assets

Resources are flecks of gold shimmering in the creek bed. Assets are blocks of gold stacked in a pyramid. Entrepreneurship is the transformation of resources into assets. [1. Banks do the opposite: one of their primary businesses is dissecting assets into their constituent resources. ] Let’s imagine that I inherited … [Read More...]

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The Slow Fade of Fall

A hot Arkansas August left us long ago for a wet November.  Burnt grass and shriveled streams turned to windy nights and flooding fields. For most, August was a time to stay indoors and away from it all.  For others, the first few weeks of August marked the start of something more communal: football.  Revered and … [Read More...]

Culture

The Drawbacks of Consulting or: The Parable of the School Bus

I have done a lot of management consulting over the years. While the business can be lucrative, it has two major drawbacks: 1) the hollow grind of frequent business travel, and 2) … [Read More...]

Transforming Resources into Assets

Resources are flecks of gold shimmering in the creek bed. Assets are blocks of gold stacked in a pyramid. Entrepreneurship is the transformation of resources into assets. [1. Banks … [Read More...]

The Fall of the House of Graham

Billy Graham is passing slowly into shadows. His legacy is following close behind. We know him as the “Evangelical Pope” and “Pastor to Presidents.” For the last half of … [Read More...]

Sports

How to Fix College Sports

There once was a time in America when an institution of higher learning chose to field extramural athletic teams with a single ambition: to further the institution’s educational mission. The now-arcane-sounding concept of the student-athlete—a pedagogical thesis rooted in the ancient ideal of the warrior-poet—was that physical competition sharpens a student’s mental faculties. Vestiges of [...]

Guts and Glory: The Most Anticipated Events of the 2012 Summer Olympics

Summer has become synonymous with everything from lemonade stands and family vacations to romantic getaways and part-time jobs. Well, that’s for most people. For the sports lovers out there, this summer will mean so much more. Since 1896, the Summer Olympics has been the highlight of a season that’s often packed with an abundance of [...]

Steve Nash: The Most Interesting Man in Free Agency

Steve Nash isn’t your typical NBA superstar. On the court, he uses his brains to make up for his lack of athleticism. In post game interviews he wears clothing that can be found at your local department store instead of the beloved oversized eyeglasses and expensive designer clothing that adorn so many of his peers. [...]

Politics

Elections and Loyalty to Jesus: A Refreshing & Thoughtful Perspective

Mark Schloneger recently penned a thoughtful & refreshing perspective related to the elections. The community that he is a leader of came together last night to declare their  … [Read More...]

Closing Statements: 25 Thoughts on What’s Wrong with American Politics

1) The Circle of Strife: Politicians raise money from rich people. Rich people gain speed dial access to politicians. Campaign war chests are used to purchase, produce, and run … [Read More...]

Republican Turncoat?

There's been a lot of chatter in the insane right-wing media about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie making a few statements praising the Obama administration's quick response to … [Read More...]

Frontline Documentary: The Choice 2012

I know liberals will think they didn't make this hard enough on Romney. Conservatives don't trust anything on PBS other than "Antiques Roadshow."  But I found Frontline's "The … [Read More...]

Protestants Are Now A Minority in America

According to a fascinating study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Protestants now make up only 48% of the US population.  This marks the first time in history that … [Read More...]

Sunday School Logic in American Politics

I recall sitting at a bierhaus in Germany in March of 2004 and trying to explain to a group of appalled German graduate students why George W. Bush would be re-elected later that … [Read More...]

Why does Wall Street exist?

Love him or hate him, every once in a while Mark Cuban makes sense.  Here's one of those times:  http://blogmaverick.com/2012/09/21/what-business-is-wall-street-in-3/ He makes … [Read More...]