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Carelessness

He’d been an intern for me for 6 months and a pretty good one at that.  He was punctual.  He stayed current on the news of the day and had an opinion that wasn’t without foundation.  He was courteous and likable and more than a few peers commented that he was, “a really good kid.”  That’s the kind of feedback you like to hear and he’d certainly earned it. Thus when, a few months after he’d completed his internship, I … Continue reading

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National Anthem Is 200 Years Old: Sing The Song as It Was Written!

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  This year marks the 200th anniversary of the momentous occasion when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem entitled “Defence of Fort M’Henry” that would eventually be put to music and become the fledgling United States of America’s National Anthem, better known as the “Star-Spangled Banner.” I have often waxed philosophically in this blog about how important music is to us all; how a song from years ago continues to delve up memories each time we hear it.  The Star-Spangled … Continue reading

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Talk

A Malaysian plane disappeared and for weeks we didn’t know where it was. That was the story. There was not a lot more to tell. Sure, there was a back story that needed to be investigated and maybe that would lead us to find where it went, but for the most part, the story didn’t change. A plane was missing and we didn’t know why, how, exactly where or when it happened. Yet the speculation over the phenomena occupied around the clock proposition of … Continue reading

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Faces

Facial expressions are an important channel of nonverbal communication.
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I study faces. Expressions, reactions, emotions – I love to see if I can read the face and if it matches or betrays the situation. My wife is constantly nudging me, “You’re staring. Why are you always staring at people?” I can’t help it, I find it fascinating. When celebrities or people of public interest show up on television shows and they have been embarrassed or otherwise impacted by something recently I can’t take my eyes off their faces. General Petraeus, Monica Lewinski, Woody Allen, … Continue reading

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Cooperation and Competition: Evil Twins

It suddenly struck me that competition can be the evil twin to cooperation. I don’t really know what got me thinking about this; maybe just the state of affairs in the world, from interaction between nations of the world to bad behavior by parents, coaches and sometimes participants in youth sports. It seems to me there is a fine line between the inclusive concept of cooperation and the exclusive nature of competition. When the line is crossed from the former … Continue reading

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