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Olympic Lingerings

  • Monday, August 15, 2016

As quickly as the Olympics came, they're nearly done. But three memories in particular will linger for me. 

First, of course, "Zika."  The infectious story will remain long after Sunday's closing celebration.  Frankly, we may not live to see the end of the consequences of the Zika virus.  Currently, there's no vaccine nor any medicine capable of treating the disease.

Secondly, "The Water."  How is it possible a city as cosmopolitan as Rio can allow their harbor, and several race sites, be so polluted with human waste?  It's left a stench-filled mark on both the city ...

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Unknown Outcome

  • Friday, July 8, 2016

Matterhorn

I clearly remember the day that I conquered The Matterhorn.  It was sometime in the late 60's. 

Now my triumph didn't include ropes, pitons and climbing chalk.  And it wasn't on the spectacularly iconic north and east faces of the famed peak in the Swiss Alps.  I'm talking about Disney's greatest thrill ride in 1968.  The Matterhorn.  It's imposing figure cast an imposing shadow (and still does) over the borders of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. 

You could see the peak all the way from Interstate 5.  To this day, there's nothing like spotting the ...

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The Servant Queen

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016

Queen

On this side of The Pond, we've always had a strange fascination with the British Royal family.  It's a little hard to understand (at least to me) why tens of millions of U.S. Citizens would wake up early to watch, throw parties, even dress in wedding attire while British monarchy wed.  However you measure popularity--the cover of gossip rags, stories on TMZ, prime time specials--this country is obsessed with the royals.

One psychologist, Dr. Nicole Joseph offered a possible explanation by underscoring at least six reasons:

  1. We all secretly wish we could be the ones to wear ...
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Do You Believe in Aliens?

  • Monday, May 9, 2016

This Could Be YouDo you believe in aliens?

Half of Americans polled in 2013 said they believe extraterrestrial life exists.  National Geographic magazine reported in 2012 that 77% of Americans think Aliens have visited Earth. (Have you been to Vegas?  I think they're right!)

Of course the people who believe in UFOs and their occupants are the same people who believe professional wrestling is real, Walt Disney's frozen head is buried under the Matterhorn and our government can solve all our problems. 

On the other hand, some theologians speculate that God may have not limited his creation to this earth.  After ...

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Bibles for Cuba!

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016

When I was young, Castro and Cuba were malicious franchisees of the Evil Empire.  Those of us who went through "duck and cover" school drills in preparation for an atomic bomb recall the vitriol which freely flowed across the Straits of Florida.  Havana represented a real and present danger to the US.

(By the way, I always thought it funny that ducking and covering would be a sufficient tactic to surviving an atomic bomb.  If you want a glimpse at the past, you'll enjoy this piece of propaganda history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=120wGLgCTkg)

The Cuban Missile ...

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Resume or Eulogy?

  • Friday, January 8, 2016

In David Brooks' excellent new book, The Road to Character, the author begins by pointing out the difference between "résumé virtues" and "eulogy virtues." 

In my simplified words, "résumé virtues" are those you earn through success in life: business, education, skills, associations and awards.  They go on your vitae: PhD's, sale of a startup business, salesman-of-the-year certificates.  Professional experience. 

But in contrast, "eulogy virtues" are those endearing characteristics of life which are repeated in memorial services.  The core of who a person is.  The admirable traits.  So often, someone who is less than likeable, is universally thought ...

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