Archive | April, 2010

The Strange Case of Nadia Bloom

Posted on 16 April 2010

An 11 year old, mildly autistic girl disappears from her home in a gated, upscale Florida community and 5 days later is found by a member of her family’s church who maintains that he was guided to her by God.  This is the bizarre tale of Nadia Bloom and her rescuer, James King. From broadcast […]

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Solving Unemployment

Posted on 15 April 2010

In September of 2008, the United States of America experienced a financial meltdown, resulting in massive, escalating unemployment.  Government stepped in to fill the gap, using $710 billion in taxpayer’s money in an attempt to resolve the situation.  The money was allocated to keep the “big boys” on Wall Street and in the insurance industry […]

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Plain and Simple

Posted on 14 April 2010

If you don’t recall Aesop’s insightful fable about the country mouse and the city mouse, allow me to refresh your memory.  The city mouse visited his cousin, who lived in the country.  Used to a simpler life than his urban relative, the country mouse served up a humble but tasty dinner of bread, beans, and […]

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Chef Boyardee

Posted on 13 April 2010

At the turn of the 20th century, America opened her doors to throngs of immigrants from Western Europe.  To the New World, each group brought their unique language and culture, creating ethnic neighborhoods nestled side by side in metropolises such as New York and Chicago.  Eventually, the neighborhoods bled into each other.  People opened to […]

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By Any Other Name

Posted on 12 April 2010

How many times have you met people bearing nicknames bound to haunt them for the rest of their lives?  This story is about one such person. Like Forrest Gump’s mysterious box of chocolates, Roy Riegels had no inkling, in childhood, as to what life would hold in store for him.  Other than the fact that Roy was […]

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What Might Have Been

Posted on 09 April 2010

Strange bird that I am, I frequent the Starbucks in my office complex, yet refuse to drink their coffee.  I like their tea and Greek yogurt.  I can get my tea cheaper at a nearby 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts shop; I can get twice as much yogurt in the supermarket for what I pay […]

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Celebrate Imperfection

Posted on 08 April 2010

“Nobody is perfect,” so says the popular expression and truism.  Everything in our world has flaws – ourselves, our possessions, our businesses, our governments, even and perhaps especially (in light of the ongoing scandal facing the Catholic Church), our religions.  The knowledge of our inherent shortcomings, however, does not deter us from seeking perfection.  In […]

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It’s Good for Business

Posted on 07 April 2010

In the world of business, the adage, “It Pays to Advertise” still rings like a battle cry across the landscape of consumer spending.  Thus, was an entire industry born to promote a dizzying array of products and services.  Print ads, including those featured in almanacs, billboards, and all manner of publications got a boost via, […]

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The Salt of the Earth

Posted on 06 April 2010

When Ray was hospitalized with high blood pressure, he put the fear of God into me.  At my first job in publishing, Ray (a nom de plume designed to preserve my friend’s privacy) ran the mailroom. He was a trim, well-read, well-spoken gentleman of middle age and wry humor who smoked thin cigars.  Ray was […]

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The Abominable Snowman: Fact or Fiction?

Posted on 05 April 2010

Whether out of pure curiosity or the desire to exploit, mankind has always been drawn to that which lies beneath the surface of things, waiting to be ferreted out and explored.  One of these not so little mysteries is the Abominable Snowman, a.k.a. The Yeti: a gigantic and intriguing creature that allegedly hails from Tibet. […]

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