(A). In an earlier posting I had mentioned seeing many signs along the highway that read, “Tucumcari Tonight!” While I hadn’t really planned on staying in Tucumcari, the repeated mention of it stuck in my mind. Whoever came up with that short phrase has most likely helped the longterm economy of the little town of Tucumcari, as I suspect that many weary travelers have chosen to stay there because “Tucumcari Tonight!” struck a chord.

(B). Curiously, I view my own work in servant-leadership as somewhat analogous to the Tucumcari Tonight! road signs. By that, I mean to say that I have often thought of all that I do as seeking to draw the attention of passers-by to servant-leadership. When I began this work in 1990, servant-leadership was rarely spoken of and was at some risk of receding in its influence. I saw the possibility of reversing this trend by putting my passion for writing and editing to work as a primary means of drawing attention to Robert Greenleaf’s writings on servant-leadership. I also thought it important to encourage new thinking about servant-leadership and began to look for opportunities to bring new voices on servant-leadership into the realm of the familiar. Over the years, this has led to my creating and editing five books of posthumously-published writings by Bob Greenleaf, plus five anthologies of writings by over 100 different authors. These books, plus, the International Journal of Servant-Leadership (with Gonzaga University), Servant-Leader News, and the hundreds of articles, radio and television appearances have—at their core—an element of calling attention to servant-leadership. Perhaps my attraction to “Tucumcari Tonight!” is that it resonates with my mantra, “Servant-Leadership, Today!”

(C). Curious discovery on my Friday night stay at a Hampton Inn in Goodyear, Arizona. This Hampton Inn was unique for two reasons: 1. It actually had a grand piano in the foyer—the first I have ever seen in a Hampton Inn. 2. An even greater surprise: It houses a Bible Museum in a large room that was built with that purpose in mind. I could hardly believe my eyes when I passed it on the way up to my room. I took my bags upstairs and then came back down to take a look. It was a good-sized room filled with any number of old, even rare, Bibles and some theological texts. I asked the desk clerk about it and she told me that it had been started by someone from Indianapolis named Dr. Jonathan Byrd. Jonathan Byrd is a name that is fairly well-known in Indianapolis for two reasons: The Jonathan Byrd Cafeterias and catering services found in-and-around Indianapolis; and, his involvement in supporting Indy Car Racing. I learned that he had been collecting rare Bibles and other books for years, and that his collection is now housed there at the Bible Museum located in this Hampton Inn in Goodyear, Arizona. Interesting what you may find in the most unexpected places.

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--Larry Spears [Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010]