Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America


Iran Deal

Agreement vs Deal

The following was inspired by the recent Iran ‘deal.’

An agreement is reached through four basic strategies: deliberation, negotiation, compromise, or capitulation. And then there’s the deal.

Deliberation occurs when all parties involved agree on the goal and the conversation centers on the best solution or strategy. For example a civic group decides to build a ballpark and they deliberate on how best to proceed.

Negotiation is when two or more parties or entities reach a mutually beneficial agreement. An example known to all is when one negotiates the purchase of an automobile or home. The buyer… Continue reading

Boy Scouts – Compromise – Incrementalism


“That’s just the way I am.” How many times have you heard that expression used to explain a behavior, condition, or opinion?

Here are a few statements that might precede “That’s just the way I am.” These are a blend of characteristics, opinions, and conditions.

I’m afraid of snakes. I’m cold natured. I’m warm natured. I don’t like the smell of fried broccoli. I love the smell of baked bread. I like sweet tea. I like classical music. I don’t like rap. I don’t think rap is music. I like the Cardinals. I like the Cubs. I like the… Continue reading

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