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And There You Have It.

Voice of  Dissension: I an Atheist.

Voice of Inquisition:  Do you believe in LOVE?

Voice of Dissension: Certainly, I love my family.

Voice of Inquisition:  Do you believe that LOVE is Unconditional?

Voice of Dissension:  Absolutely.

Voice of Inquisition:  Would you agree that every living thing has a reason for everything it does?

Voice of Dissension:  Hmm.


TWO VERY ILLOGICAL REMARKS and one kinda-sorta.

Atheist: The lack of Evidence is evidence. Ergo God does not exist.

Believers: There must be a God.

Agnostic: Only the Agnostic can discover God (if God exists).




Lovey (Dixie)   Age twenty.




My father was a well-respected man.

My father was a devout Baptist.

My father was the only Baptist in a  very large family.

My father died in 1976. By that time I was pretty sure that he was a Taoist, perhaps even a Buddhist but certainly not a Baptist.

Mother called my father Lovey and so did I.

Lovey called Mother Oodles and so did I.

Lovey did not insist that I follow in his footsteps; he encouraged me to ask questions (of myself) and to seek answers.

LEE:  Lovey, Oodles told me about Aristotle; who was Aristotle?

LOVEY: Look up Aristotle in The World Book, Lee.


LEE: I found a book on Aristotle at the library and I checked it out. I read the introduction and discovered that Aristotle had some very different ideas. What if Aristotle was wrong about everything, Lovey?

Should I read this book; whaddaya think?

LOVEY: Son, I think you should assume that everything in that book is wrong.

LEE: Okay Lovey, I’ll return it to the library tomorrow.

LOVEY: No, no Son, let me finish; I think you should first assume that this book is wrong and then I think you should read it. If you are going to judge a book with new information and you judge it to be good without ever having read it, then what is the sense of reading it.

By judging this book or any book with new ideas to be a  bookful of mistakes, then every line in that book will mean something to you. You won’t ever again need to ask your parents, your teacher, your friends or even your enemies if a book with new ideas is good or bad or some of each.

You may even be able to write your own books.

Would you like to be an author sharing fresh ideas?

LEE: Gee, Lovey; you’re the smartest father in the whole world.

Lovey only made it through the second grade. When his father Dr Broom died, Lovey who was Horace Dixie Broom, managed the family farm until World War One.

Dixie was fourteen by then and knew as much about medicine as any of the front-line medics. His new job in the Ambulance Corps had him picking up injured soldiers and with the help of others in the trenches got his passengers into a Mule Team Covered Wagon  and return them to the medical tents. He often had to patch up his passengers before bringing them aboard.

Lovey was not a blood relation, by the way.

Lovey  and Oodles, my Great-Aunt Marie adopted me in 1943. I was four years old. Oodles taught me to read in 1943. These new parents of mine bought me lots of books…

All of those books were wrong.



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True Leaders generally have only one follower, one person on their team;The Leader, The Follower, The Self Starter – they are  One.
LEADERSHIP Jan 1, 2016 Lee Broom.




I awoke this morning in a depression.


I awaken most mornings eager to greet the day, usually with notes scribbled the night before  while grinding freeze-dried coffee beans and running sparkling, crystal-clear water from the hills of the Ozarks over the crumbled, legumes, using two tall,  clear-glass cylinders, originally intended for floral displays.Voila:A  coffee maker of my design.

Today I had only the coffee to look forward to and the knowledge that those who work as I do in a home that is more of a writer’s laboratory than an abode, spend most of their long day alone. It was the  loneliness that convinced me to shut my eyes and snooze from six A.M. until nine.

I awoke again at 9:00 A.M.

I walked to the kitchen opened the freezer door, placed my head into the cold space and inhaled deeply. The negative ions prepared me for the minutes to come.

I shut the freezer door, heated the coffee, poured a cup thereof and padded back to my desk. reminding myself of couple of truths…

(1) Scholars, inventors, scientists and authors  do work which requires a knack for Leadership.

(2)True leaders lead only themselves.

I didn’t bother to dress, or to fix breakfast. What started my morning as a huge disappointment became  my work for the day. With a bed – sheet ’round my shoulders and a cup of reheated Starbucks coffee I pored over the pages of a book I wrote a few years ago, entitled LEADERSHIP: A LOVE STORY.

As I searched for words to explain how I was feeling I relived those feelings of loneliness and remembered my discovery that Leadership as we think of it  is not a role one chooses but rather  a label that needs to be refined.

And I had done that.

I reminded myself again…

True leaders lead only themselves.

That is the way of the Scholar, the Inventor, the Scientist, the Water-colorist, the Author  .

Put another way: only the agnostic may discover anything of great importance (if such truth awaits discovery).

Yet another way: perhaps we are all agnostics.

And another: The True Leader must seek truth ignoring the clamor of would-be leaders shouting in the background, the  pass-along Truths of their GROUP.

True leaders lead only themselves.

TRUTH is far more important than the adoration of FOLLOWERS.

Okay, I feel better now.

And yes I have prepared my notes and made my coffee for tomorrow.



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I asked a friend to verify the facts of her story echoing in my ears,; “How did you acquire this information?”

“I researched it”

“What were your sources?”

The reply was sprinkled with phrases of “I heard…”, “This lady…” and “We heard” and “Everyone says”.

I succeeded somehow in keeping my sermon silent as I nodded my head, a quiet but nevertheless illogical response, in that I was offering a silent agreement to her illogical habit of acquiring information, judging the credibility of her newest belief by virtue of popularity.

Most of us are more interested in having a reputation  for credibility than for actually being credible. That’s because of our dependence on the approval of whatever group we claim as ours; We seek to be loved ; we settle for approval.

We use illogical phrases such as “fair trial”, for example. Another friend uses this phrase a lot. She is a clerk in a law office. She doesn’t realize that fairness is based on bias while trials depend on facts.

“The phrase ‘Just Verdict’ might be a better choice”, I argued.

“Why is that?” she asked.

Suddenly I realized that objective thinking and accurate reporting were not linked to IQ, but to habit.

Even presidents often use rationality instead of logic, proof instead of accuracy, the opinions of The Group rather than personal research, depending on something as inane as a comb-over to hide a rapidly balding pate, the most observable clue being that its owner chooses his own thoughts over that of the group.

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Lee Broom                               Author





There is always one person who knows how to solve problems.  This person will not join others in the process of criticizing anyone. This person may seem to have memory problems but can on the other hand, quickly solve difficult life problems. This person may be an artist or a scientist and will often mention logic and creativity in the same breath.
Since this person is not group oriented and in fact represents less than five per cent of the population one must listen.
Logic and poetry may get your attention.
You may be this person and haven’t discovered it yet.
Listen not for the problem solver; listen for the obvious mistakes and then ask The Big Lover how you did that.

How to Become Intellectually Astute in only Forty years. (and skinny.)


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How to Become Intellectually Astute in only Forty years.  (and skinny.)

First published  July 12, 2012  Lee Broom

I read a post yesterday (or the day before), an article on shaving with throwaway razors that actually made its way to the AOL news feed. It was about how to keep your Gillette Trac sharp for many months. The writer of the article apparently was using a disposable razor for the first time in years and with some experimentation was surprised to learn that after cleaning and rubbing the razor on his/her jeans after the daily shaving ritual, the blade lasted for six months. It was assumed without any controls that the rubbing the razor on a pair of jeans was equal to the principle of stropping a straight razor.

Had the experiment included a partner using a clone of that Trac every day without stropping they would have discovered that one Trac razor lasted as long as the other. Had this experiment gone a bit further and included a third person using six-for-a-buck dollar store razors, at the end of the experiment there would still be five unused orange razors.

I know this because I have made my discoveries under more objective circumstances. Without comparisons any given bit of knowledge means little. And because some of us have not learned that important fact we are prey to the carnivorous marketers who are willing to go to any lengths to carve away our very lives.

Listen carefully to any ad about any weight loss product. Listen carefully and to as many ads as you can. You will never hear the claim that this product will make you lose weight. In fact, close scrutiny would reveal that the most attention-getting part of the ad is information that will destroy one’s will to succeed at losing weight. This is the message that we can entertain ourselves gustatorally and lose pounds doing so.

I use a certain skin product that my wife introduced me to five decades ago. It is a brilliant moisturizer and it works. At the time of my first use the company thrived on this one product alone.

Today, the line has expanded. There are a variety of skin lotions and creams, specializing or so they claim, on more specific needs than does their original lotion. However for the patient researcher a quick read of the ingredients of these products reveals that the only major change in formula is the addition of alcohol. Now really, why would any thinking person want to hydrate their already dry skin with an emollient that contains the one single ingredient that is well-known for its dehydrating effects?