The Headliner

RPDS HeadmasterEach weekly Headliner essay is written to the RPDS community by our Headmaster, H. Palmer Bell. Topics important within the life of the school, education, contemporary parenting, culture and spiritual formation are common themes. Click the underlined article title to read each week's full Headliner. The "get link" is provided to allow a quick way for you to share a direct connection to the essay with friends and family. Mr. Bell welcomes your comments as you meet him on campus or through e-mail at pbell@rpds.com

We understand that God has created man with free will; it's been getting us into trouble ever since. Rights and responsibilities lie as counterweights on the extremes of an invisible bungee cord. No wonder life has so many ups and downs!
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The finest coaches have always mentored athletes to live lives of character and purpose with athletics as their platform. Such leaders seemingly stand on a different bulwark of foundational values and their players come to realize the gift they have been given.
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Self-image is the picture we etch in our mind of our personal attributes, characteristics and abilities. Our self-esteem grows from the degree to which we are comfortable with that picture and accept that with those very attributes we have tremendous value and worth.
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Every year around April Fools Day, human creativity is on full display. This year I liked the Nabisco ad announcing the creation of "All Stuf Oreos" in a bright blue package. Who needs those pesky chocolate cookie halves when what everyone really wants is just the discs of pure cream? Equally clever was the Zappos internet announcement that to thwart "porch thieves" it would be shipping its shoes in invisible, unstealable boxes; they provided the video proof that the boxes were now indeed invisible!
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The rapid switch from "winter" to spring in north Florida occurs in an eye-blink.
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