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From the Forest to the Shore, Connecticut, USA
March 12
Director of Change
An unnamed non-profit health care provider
Change is good...that's what I keep telling my colleagues. It's difficult and hard. It's challenging and rewarding. It's fraught with peril. It needs to be done...yesterday!


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FEBRUARY 28, 2015 8:43PM

Leonard Nimoy was a good tipper.

It was sad to learn about Leonard Nimoy's death yesterday. It's clear that he was admired, respected, and loved by many. For good reason. I spent about 20 minutes with Mr. Nimoy, in 1974 or 75. I'd like to describe our meeting as face to face. If you call making eye… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2015 2:49PM

Repost: Don't get caught in a blizzard

As I hunker down, for the impending blizzard tonight,  I remember the Blizzard of '78.  

My daughters would probably ask if was that eighteen or nineteen 78. Nineteen, thanks very much, girls. I was a 22 year old jock (the

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DECEMBER 31, 2014 2:19PM

Bold Predictions for 2015

I didn’t do too well in 2014 with my predictions. However, this won’t deter me from my willingness to look like a fool at the end of 2015. At the late Jim Lange used to say, “Heeeeeeeeeeere they are:”


A vacancy will occur on the US Supreme Court… Read full post »

Another year has passed. My predictions were bold, and not very correct. Let's review:


Chris Christie's reputation will be irreparably damaged by the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Indictments of his cronies will follow.

The Grand Jury appears to still be out on the CorpulenRead full post »

DECEMBER 22, 2014 2:41PM

Ambivalence, Ambiguity and Brutality

I’ve been thinking a lot about the failures of our judicial system to prosecute the police officers in the wrongful deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The brutal assassination of NYPD officers Liu and Ramos by Ismaaiyl Brinsley this past weekend as “revenge” for the death of G… Read full post »

Emptying out my father’s house in preparation for its sale has been a stupefying experience. Trying to cut back overgrown yard, the need to replace the furnace, getting rid of old clothes, broken furniture, remote control airplanes, finding about two hundred dollars in coins scattered about; th… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 12:16PM

Reposting from 2010

From September 2010:

Ask anyone on September 10, 2001 from what city a terror attack would launched, and Portland, Maine probably wouldn't be on their list.

However, that evening at 5:43 p.m., Mohammed Atta and Abdulaziz al-Omari checked

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This is continuing series of memories of growing up in a time where kids could play in a park unsupervised, and parents weren't incarcerated for doing so.

Sledding hill at Dawn

Inwood Hill Park Sledding Hill at Dawn 

Photo by John Keefe WNYC.org 2011


When you saw a new one,… Read full post »

Once upon a time we lived in a world where children could go to the park without supervision and parents were not arrested for child abandonment. Let me share a few memories. This the first in a series of four stories

Inwood Hill Park  

Inwood Hill Park courtesy… Read full post »

 I originally posted this in 2010. Today is holocaust rememberance day 2014. I think it is important to never forget



Prague as viewed from the Castle in April 2005

Our MBA class traveled to the Czech Republic in 2005 for our international residency. We were… Read full post »

JANUARY 2, 2014 1:08PM

Winters Present and Past

Another winter storm is headed this way. I look out the living room window and view the lake across the street. An oak tree hangs on to its leaves while the other trees in the yard have long lost theirs. My home sits atop a hill and the long sloping frontRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2013 9:33PM

Bold Predictions for 2014

A Happy New Year to you. I seemed to have avoided blogging in 2o13, probably because I didn't have much to say. I've thought about all that has happened in the last 12 months, and will weigh in on predicting the future.

Chris Christie's reputation will be irreparably damaged by… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2013 8:39PM

Two score and ten years ago

It was a cold gray, raw day. In the schoolyard, large cinders swirled in eddies of wind. Those cinders blew over from the Department of Sanitation incinerators on 215th street. When my second grade class let out, we walked and ran through the yard, and up 211th street to Broadway.… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2013 9:33PM

An EP for Sirenita Lake

How many times do we think about life?

How many times do we think about death? Or talk about it?

Blogging has always felt like I have opened the top of my head and allowed others a peek inside. Generally I wouldn't invite anyone to see the inside of my skull. It's… Read full post »

Minneapolis, MN -- (UPI)

The President of the National Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers came out against regulation and registration of the purchase of  pressure cookers in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last Monday.

Jake Maguire, President of  NAHAM said, "We don't wan… Read full post »

In 1983, I was in a conference room in the newly completed Administration Building of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant. In that meeting was a representative of the FBI, and one from the ATF division of the U.S. Treasury department.

As part of the security force in place for… Read full post »

There's been a lot in the media recently about the day an NFL football player comes out as gay.  NFL Punter Chris Kluwe and Linebacker Brandon Ayanbadejo have been speaking out on behalf of Same Sex Marriage and this week have talked about players coming out.

Ayanbadejo has said in the… Read full post »

I guess it's time to name names. I've been here for over four years.  A lot of talented people have posted on this site. It's time to give them their due.

But first, it's entirely possible that your name will not appear below. I have to say this. You didn't… Read full post »

I must have been eighteen the first time this had happened to me. She was in my communications class.  She chose me for an assignment on non-verbal communication. We had to spend time together for four hours and we could only communicate non-verbally.

It started as a flirtatious walk in… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2013 8:33AM

Yahoo! I get to work in an "Office"

Let’s start with a thought experiment. Imagine all CEOs of publically held companies are sociopaths. Their purpose for being is self reward. Yeah, they have to meet the financial goals set by the street and genuflect occasionally on the quarterly call with analysts, but their board is made of tRead full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 6:31PM

Worshipping the porcelain deity.

I was going to title this "I left my barf in San Francisco," but I thought that would be both inaccurate and inadvisible.

This story took place during my freshman year in college. In the lovely fair city of Boston, Massachusetts, the hub of the universe and the cradle of… Read full post »

Dear Congress,

Welcome back from vacation.  How exhausted you must have been from all that campaigning, fundraising, pontificating and obfuscating. It certainly hasn't been from Legislating.

Now that you're back from vacation, after being on the job for a rough three and half weeks, perhaps you… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 8, 2013 2:33PM

Being caught in a blizzard. Don't try this, ever.

As I hunker down, for winter storm Nemo,  I remember the Blizzard of '78.  

My daughters would probably ask if was that eighteen or nineteen 78. Nineteen, thanks very much, girls. I was a 22 year old jock (the industry term for disc jockey or radio announcer) working… Read full post »

If you cast one movie with Kenneth Brannagh, Colin Firth, Judi Dench, and Keira Knightley, you would flock to the theatre to see some great performances. What if you added Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, Julia Stiles, and Valarie Pettiford? Sound like a hit?

Stars in Shorts is a compilation of sev… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
OCTOBER 3, 2012 1:18PM

Why watching the debates are a waste of time.

In 1960, the first presidential election I have memory of, the first televised debate took place between Vice President Richard Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Moderated by CBS's Howard K. Smith (one of the famous Murrow boys), viewers who were polled concluded that JFK was the winner of the debat… Read full post »