Archive | September, 2009

Henpecked!

Posted on 09 September 2009

“Cluck, cluck!” goes the woman who intimidates and nags her husband in order to better domesticate him.   Let’s face it: most men are not particularly fond of doing household chores.  Heck, neither are women, but as responsible, evolved souls, we do what needs to be done.  However, there are only so many hours in a […]

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The American Nightmare: Reflections on Labor Day

Posted on 06 September 2009

Who first proposed a day to celebrate the American worker?  History is clouded on this issue.  Some records indicate that it was Peter J. McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor and general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.  Other data indicates that Michael McGuire, a machinist from Paterson, New Jersey, founded […]

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New Beginnings

Posted on 04 September 2009

Regardless of the number of years removed, most of us carry with us the thoughts and feelings that we had as school children.  And so, from my perspective, Labor Day has always signaled the beginning of a new year.  More than New Year’s Day, Labor Day has always presented me the opportunity to follow a […]

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Woman!

Posted on 04 September 2009

For all the guys out there who have struggled to understand women, I think the writing that follows will strike a harmonious chord.  I received this in an email and do not know the author.   If you kiss her, you are not a gentleman, If you don’t, you are not a man.   If […]

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No Leg to Stand On: Another Untold War Story

Posted on 03 September 2009

Christmas 1945 dawned sweeter than Christmases past; World War II was finally behind us.  Soldiers like me who had seen active duty were immensely grateful to have survived the conflict.  While many of my fellows had returned home to gild their trees with sparkling baubles and sing carols with their loved ones, I was facing […]

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Speak Up!

Posted on 02 September 2009

Once a valued employee of ProCare Health, New Zealand’s Vicki Walker was unceremoniously terminated from her position.  Did her crime involve theft of funds from the company’s coffers or other fraudulent activity?  Did her manager discover her snoozing away the workday, like George Costanza of Seinfeld fame?  Did Vicki “go postal” on her boss for […]

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

Posted on 02 September 2009

From 1952 to 1970, millions of American households tuned in to Art Linkletter’s “House Party” on weekday afternoon.  One segment of each show consisted of Linkletter interviewing children (of whom it is estimated that he interviewed more than 20,000).  The answers offered by the children interviewed – sometimes embarrassing, often funny, and always brutally honest […]

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The Gift of Friends

Posted on 01 September 2009

In addition to creating new lexicons, the Internet has created new perspectives, not all of them good.  Before the explosion of technology, the term “published” referred to an actual achievement.  It meant that you were talented enough for a publishing house to invest in your work, mass produce it, and market it.  Anyone who blogs […]

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