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“What I lack in smarts, I make up for in work…and given how hard I have to work, I must not be that smart!”–Greg hague

Babies By The Billions

A few weeks ago I wrote the first article in a new series called The Key To Captivating. It was about interesting and often unknown facts that

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Love Your Enemies

It’s been about a week since the election. While some celebrate, others commiserate. I expect we can all rejoice at the disappearance of political ads. Now

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Live A Legacy

The Plaza Hotel.   I don’t have to tell you where it’s located (because you already know).   20 stories.  282 rooms.  A Manhattan masterpiece. Over the past 113 years it

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Perfectly Imprefect

Many years ago my son, Brian, was excited to buy his first new car. He did weeks of research before deciding on a top of the line

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Big Scary Moments

In the late 1970’s I was invited to give a 20-minute presentation to over 1,000 Shaklee distributors in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I grew up. I had

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Three Circles of Worry

October ’62. Cuba. Missiles. Blockade. Nuclear War?… I’m 14… old enough to know the mess we’re in.  An American U-2 spy plane just photographed “hidden” Soviet SS-5 land-based

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Who Gets the Credit

It started with a phone call from my son. Brian: “Hey Dad, have a few minutes to talk? I have a question.” Dad: “Hey Bri,

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Lady Mondegreen

“O say can you see by the donzerly light. What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming…” When I was in elementary school, we sang

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The Perfect Proposal

Guy: Hey honey, I have something important to tell you. Want to know? Girl: Of course! Guy: Remember when you told me about the guy who never opened

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FLASHING THE CHAPEL

Did you hear about the man caught flashing the Chapel? To be precise, the Sistine Chapel.  Why would anyone commit such a lascivious act, especially in one

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Hang On Sloopy

Some things just keep… hanging on.   The girl (or guy) you asked out to the movie, and end up spending the rest of your life with.   

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I Approve This Message

Yep, it’s “throw the bum out”  time… another election season.    You see the signs.  You see the attack ads.  I hate it! It’s causing me

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Mental Gremlins

My dad (Chubby) didn’t start life with advantages (like he gave me).  His dad died when he was young, and he was raised by a

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Tricks To Make It Stick

It’s late at night.  You’re in bed.  Then it hits you – “Dang!  I forgot to put the trash can out for morning pick up!”   You could do

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U.S. HISTORY & GOVERNMENT

I can’t remember a time when so many well meaning people were in such passionate disagreement about so many things:   • Facemasks for all?• Shelter in

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