Archive | January, 2010

15(ish) Things Worth Knowing About Coffee

Posted on 19 January 2010

I received the following in my email and found it quite interesting.  I thought others might have interest as well.  

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Managing the In-Laws: A Survivor’s Guide

Posted on 19 January 2010

As the title suggests, I am a survivor.  Having sustained a marriage for the past twenty-plus years, I intend to keep on surviving, and for that reason, have used a pseudonym at the end of this article.  Those of you now calling me “Chicken!” have either never inherited in-laws or are in deep denial of […]

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The Fear Factor

Posted on 18 January 2010

As we enter a new decade, I ponder our nation’s motivating factor for going forward.  Will it be love, hate, happiness, or fear that drives us?  Given the rotten economy in all its manifestations, ceaseless wars, rising crime, and new threats to our national security, my money’s on fear.   Confronted with situations that engender […]

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The Soul of Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted on 17 January 2010

She cries, “Where have all Papa’s heroes gone?” (David Bowie, Young Americans)   Recorded in 1974, Bowie’s incisive take on the American landscape included references to racism and Rosa Park’s renowned ride.  In penning that song, and particularly the line above, Bowie may very well have had Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mind.  By […]

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I Have a Dream

Posted on 15 January 2010

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. – then the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – addressed an audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.  Gathered together for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, those participants bore witness to one […]

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Isolationism: The Ism for Me

Posted on 14 January 2010

In America, we practice capitalism, the economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned and operated for profit.  Other countries follow socialism. Under this system (I understand this is a gross oversimplification), all members of a society share in the work, products, and earnings.   One difference between our nation […]

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The State of the Arts (Hint: They’re Not Healthy)

Posted on 13 January 2010

In age when Americans hurled themselves willingly from skyscrapers and stood on interminable lines for free bread and milk, two industries not only survived, they thrived: cosmetics and the film industry.   A frivolous waste of money?  Actually, it was anything but.   In times of economic want, people spent a few hard-earned dollars to be […]

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In Memory of the 2009 American Patriots

Posted on 12 January 2010

So as not to mislead our readers, this is neither an editorial nor a satire about a sports team.  In fact, there is nothing entertaining or frivolous about this article.  I wrote it to honor American soldiers who gave their lives for us overseas in the year 2009.  And, while this list is certainly not comprehensive, […]

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GITMO (Give to the Impoverished and Mentally Oppressed)

Posted on 10 January 2010

The Copenhagen Summit was hailed as the greatest agreement upon which nations the world over could not agree.  President Obama led the charge, offering billions of dollars to resolve the man-made global warming crisis.  In light of our plummeting economy, one must wonder from which well these billions will spring.  In 2010, recipients of Social […]

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For Shame!

Posted on 08 January 2010

In one of the most bitter winters New York City has seen in years, Wal-Mart and H&M, two of our nation’s largest retailers, have chosen to leave our homeless and impoverished out in the cold.  Cynthia Magnus, who stumbled upon no less than twenty bags of discarded clothing outside H&M’s Manhattan store on 35th Street […]

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