Posts Categorized: Communication

Disrespecter in Chief

It’s time. It’s actually well past time. It’s time to stop with the protestations and pretensions that phrases like “not being politically correct” and “telling it like it is” are equivalent to being rude and insulting. It’s time to admit that “draining the swamp” and “getting things done” are not the same as undermining and delegitimizing…. Read more »

Give it another day

I was set to publish a post about Donald Trump yesterday. In fact, I spent most of my walk composing the post. It was, I felt, a needed statement on Mr. Trump’s newest affronts. And then I nixed it. The tone was mean, fueled by righteous anger and I realized the operative emotion in my… Read more »

Forum for debate

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine, commenting on one of my posts, brought into question the proper forum for, in this case, political debate. While I understood his point, I’m going to pretend I didn’t, otherwise this post would end in one paragraph. (Waits for rabid cheering to subside) Yeah, you… Read more »

Actors are people too

Social media frequently gets a bum rap. It gets blamed and criticized for creating a hostile and rude society, giving freedom to expression that previously often only had local exposure. That’s specious reasoning, because the opinions, attitudes and demeanor readily on display through various social media are the actual reflections of the people posting those… Read more »

You can’t have too many friends

With all due respect to the great Mr. James Garner, Facebook would like to disagree with you. Over the course of last year, my news feed on Facebook began to be overwhelmed with political posts. Well, political in the sense that they mentioned a political party or candidate. Neither side showered themselves in any glory…. Read more »

Why’d I do that?

Each post this week starts with a warning and an admonishment: if you haven’t read Monday’s post first, then you should not read this one yet. You will have no perspective for the flood of negativity that follows. I got a surprise last-minute invitation by some friends to join them for a Christmas eve dinner…. Read more »

Nuclear proliferation

I’ve never considered myself a leader. Looking back over my years in Corporate America, I can see that I had high ideals but a mixture of immaturity and naivety likely caused me to hurt as much as I helped. Now that I’m all but done with public life, I can focus on what I hope… Read more »

Uncivil war

Last Tuesday, I received a surprise text from my elder nieceling, ironically spending a few days with a friend in Philadelphia. She was distressed about the direction the election results were taking. “Scared” was the word she used. She texted that she felt we would all be “screwed” if Donald Trump won (rumor has it,… Read more »

Out on a limb

  Look who’s back! We’ll call this our “where’s the beef” edition of our fan-favorite feature about the origins of the phrases we commonly use. This entry is all about “the other white meat”…             This is more ham-fisted than handed, but either way, that is not the way to tenderize… Read more »

Aw, I was just kidding

When I was young, I was picked on in school. Not all the time. Perhaps because, despite being scrawny and nerdy, I liked playing sports and was decent at them. You don’t get picked on as much if you’re decent at sports. But, being scrawny and nerdy, I still got picked on. For being scrawny… Read more »