The Ring Of Thoth: A Tale Of The Supernatural By Arthur Conan Doyle (Podcast)

This podcast is a reading of A. Conan Doyle’s tale of the supernatural, “The Ring Of Thoth.”  First published in 1890, it recounts the horrific consequences of an ancient Egyptian priest’s discovery of the secret to eternal life.

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You Have To Make The Call (Podcast)

When you are leading, you have to make the big decisions.  You have to make the call, not sit back, judge the prevailing winds, and cover your ass.  If you are unwilling to put yourself on the line, you are a worthless leader and have no business being there.  In this podcast, we discuss:

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The Door In The Wall (Podcast Reading Of A Story By H.G. Wells)

This podcast is a reading of H.G. Wells’s short story “The Door In The Wall.” Published in 1911, it is considered one of his finest short pieces. It describes a young boy’s discovery of a secret door that led to an enchanted land, and the effect that this secret revelation had on the rest of his life.

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The Brazilian Cat. A Tale Of Terror By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Podcast)

This podcast is a reading of A. Conan Doyle’s terrifying tale “The Brazilian Cat.”  First published in 1898, the story describes the ordeal of a young heir to a fortune who is deliberately locked in a cage with a ferocious jungle cat by a sinister relative determined to murder him.

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The Flowering Of The Strange Orchid (Podcast)

In this podcast, I read H.G. Wells’s short story The Flowering of the Strange Orchid.  It relates the weird tale of a mild-mannered orchid enthusiast who buys an unknown species of jungle orchid.  As he cultivates it, he finds out that he got more than he bargained for.  This story was first published in Pearson’s Magazine in 1905 and remains a potent tale of unease.

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A Sudden Punch To Shatter Glacial Rigmarole (Podcast)

When things have reached a state of paralysis or gridlock, it is often necessary to shatter the paralysis by taking decisive, muscular action.  Real leaders do not sit on their hands and wait to test the prevailing winds of opinion.  Have the moral courage to act.  Many today who call themselves “leaders” ignore or have forgotten this principle.  This podcast discusses three historical examples taken from Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis.  They show how he harnessed this concept in 1919 to break through the paralysis that had come to surround several difficult issues.

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