Christmas Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas

Disruptive Innovation by Clayton Christensen

I recently attended Gartner Group’s Annual Symposium held in Orlando, FL Oct 2011. At the symposium Clayton Christensen gave the best presentation/keynote that I have ever heard in the 12+ years that I have attended. He talked to the IT audience about Disruptive Innovation. This presentation is an hour long, but it is incredibly good and would highly recommend it:


The Auschwitz Album

(Background – I spent 6 months on a semester abroad program with BYU in Jerusalem. Ever since that experience I have very solemn memories of visiting the Holocaust Museum.  It is truly sobering that anyone could do or be a part of this. A very sad chapter in the history of this earth.)

It is unbelievable that one human being could treat other human beings in this manner. This is the only surviving photo album from Auschwitz-Birchenauand contains 6 mins. of heavy history! This Album memorializes the arrival of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in May of 1944.  It is the only one of its kind, and it is solely due to this album that we have a visual history of what occurred in the Auschwitz-Birchenau death camp.  The album was discovered after the war by an Auschwitz survivor, Lily Jacob, who donated it to Yad Vashem in 1980.  Now, with the aid of the Internet, it can be viewed by millions of people,  anywhere in the world.


The Tomato Garden

The Tomato Garden

An old Italian lived alone. He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament:
Dear Vincent,

I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here, my troubles would be over. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.

Love, Papa


A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Papa,
Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies are buried.
Love, Vinnie

At 4 am the next morning, CID agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son.


Dear Papa,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love you, Vinnie

Johnny the Bagger (Down’s boy who made a difference)

This is the true story of a Down Syndrome boy named Johnny who made a difference because of his service while bagging groceries. Link

Lipstick on School Mirrors – ;-)

An oldie, but goodie …

According to a news report, a certain private school in Washington was recently faced with a unique problem.

A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom. Continue reading “Lipstick on School Mirrors – ;-)”

Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics

Given the news today of the Obama tax and spend proposal I thought I would share something I came across some time ago:

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to $100. Continue reading “Our Tax System Explained: Bar Stool Economics”

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