Convictions of Honor

Veritas, Integritas, Fidelitas

What Did You Expect?

By Kevin Rhodes | Sep 22, 2020

Author and poet Maya Angelou famously said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” While this may seem harsh on the outset, so long as…

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The Power of Positive Wording

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 25, 2020

Words have tremendous emotional power.  They can convey the deepest love or the strongest hatred.  They can lift people’s spirits or leave them beaten and abused. Unfortunately, we rarely pay…

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Resilience

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 10, 2020

The year 2020 has created such a downward emotional spiral that everyone keeps trying to guess what will go wrong next. January seemed to take forever, and then February added…

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The Path to Maturity

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 30, 2020

Rebellion against authority, selfish demands, and violence dominate the headlines today, accompanied by various justifications rooted in ignorance of history and its value, in newly concocted microaggressions visible only to…

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Training Camp

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 20, 2020

Training camp does not evoke images of ease and comfort for anyone who has taken part in one. Paul “Bear” Bryant’s legendary training camp in Junction, Texas after he took…

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Something Worse Than Isolation

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 15, 2020

Isolation has a rich history as a theme often explored by authors, directors, and teachers. In elementary school I remember reading Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell about…

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Striving, Quarreling, and General Disagreeableness

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 7, 2020

In only six months, the year 2020 eclipsed the chaos of any other year in recent memory. It opened with the impeachment of a president and quickly pivoted to a…

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A Prudent Wife

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 29, 2020

The book of Proverbs addresses some of the most practical aspects of life. From handling finances to dealing with people, its inspired wisdom offers meaningful insight to all willing to…

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Inevitable Conflict?

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 8, 2020

The algorithms of social media encourage polarization. However, I do not mean this in some conspiratorial way. To the contrary, the programming that determines what we see on social media…

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How to Overcome Strife

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 1, 2020

Division and strife dominate the news cycle once again. The ability of people and the media to pivot so quickly from division over candidates to division over pandemic policies of…

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It’s Not About You

By Kevin Rhodes | May 25, 2020

It seems like so much today encourages self-absorption. The typical social media profile contains more self-portraits than previous generations would have amassed in a lifetime. We have opinions on everything…

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A Plea for Civil Discourse

By Kevin Rhodes | May 18, 2020

So. Much. Anger. No matter where you turn today, angry people seem to dominate discourse. It has become extremely difficult to find a reasonable discussion that focuses on facts, thought,…

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An Exalted Nation

By Kevin Rhodes | May 12, 2020

Before Athens clashed with Sparta or Rome defeated Carthage, the quest for geopolitical power dominated international relations as nations vied for control of neighboring regions to gain power over natural…

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The Discipline Debate

By Kevin Rhodes | May 4, 2020

The self-professed wisdom of modernity has long sought to impose a secular—and often statist—view of disciplining children on society. From its early machinations in the era of Thomas Dewey to…

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Communication Skills

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 27, 2020

Good communication skills rank among the highest of traits employers desire. Whether that falls into the realm of public speaking, writing understandable reports, or simply letting a manager know of…

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Portrait of a Lovely Woman

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 20, 2020

Geography and era have a tremendous effect on how people see beauty. A basic survey of art history demonstrates this principle rather quickly, but even a quick review of noted…

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