Archive | May, 2010

It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Posted on 18 May 2010

The expression attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra is a humorous take on a subject that many people find disturbing, if not frightening.  Déjà vu is a French term meaning “already seen.”  The experience of déjà vu is an overwhelming sense of familiarity with a place or situation.  It differs from simple confusion as to […]

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Posted on 17 May 2010

What are holes?  Webster defines a hole as “an opening in something” such as in a doughnut, the ground, clouds, et al.  But this definition does not fully clarify the concept of holes, for it suggests nothingness, a rip in the atmosphere, if you will.  Perceived another way, holes are actually niches in which to […]

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Banjo Joe

Posted on 14 May 2010

I suppose you have heard of Mr. Bojangles, who danced his way throughout the American South.  Bojangles was immortalized in song by artists including Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Our story concerns another famous music man, a local boy made good, known as Banjo Joe.  I first made his acquaintance […]

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In Praise of Skepticism

Posted on 13 May 2010

“Cogito ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) – with these three Latin words, René Descartes, renowned as the father of modern philosophy, proved his own existence in his Discourse on Method in 1637.  With this work, the ancient idea of skepticism was revived, calling into question all that is not incontrovertible and providing the […]

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Illegal Alien Football

Posted on 12 May 2010

Recently, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona enacted a State law to solve the long- festering problem of illegal aliens infiltrating Arizona’s southern borders.  The Governor’s action set off a firestorm of protest from the Latino community as well as the Feds in Washington, DC, chief among them, our Commander-in-Chief. President Obama’s decrying of the new […]

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Flee to Freedom

Posted on 11 May 2010

Recently, I observed a wild bird that had accidentally gotten trapped inside a storage room at work.  As it sought frantically for a way out, it emitted a high-pitched chirp that seemed eerily like a scream emanating from deep within its soul.  The bird’s eyes darted about the room, seeking an escape route.  Its little heart was surely […]

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The Power of Knowledge

Posted on 10 May 2010

While most would concede the validity of the adage that “knowledge is power,” few understand its true sway, for knowledge is a tool that can control and change the world, both one’s individual environment and the greater natural, social, and physical worlds.  But, in order to harness its power, one must first comprehend the nature […]

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Happy Mother’s Day (Buona Festa Della Mamma)

Posted on 08 May 2010

In the United States and other countries around the world, a day is set aside to honor motherhood.  In the U.S. and many other nations, that day is the second Sunday in May.   Regardless of the precise date, Mother’s Day is a special day in our lives to recognize the women who bear the pain, […]

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A National Disgrace

Posted on 07 May 2010

When Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder lost his life in Iraq on March 3, 2006, he set into motion a chain of events that leaves me wondering when the Constitution of the United States of America was shredded and discarded like so much junk mail. Although Lance Corporal Snyder died in a non-combat related vehicle accident, […]

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A Matter of Ethics

Posted on 06 May 2010

As the unemployment rates soars into double digits, why are employers still complaining about the lack of good help?  And where are all the people out of work who constitute good help? Despite lengthy and loyal service to employers, the belts that have tightened Corporate America’s waist have left workers with a rude kiss-off to […]

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