Posts Categorized: Communication

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 »

I hate hate

Recently, I took one of those quizzes on Facebook that said I knew roughly 30,000 words, which is both preposterous and unverifiable. It was probably only the second quiz I’ve ever taken in the seven years I’ve been on Facebook, mostly for those aforementioned reasons. First, it’s doubtful I actually have a vocabulary of 30,000 words…. Read more »

We need less personality

Jumping from yesterday’s post, I referenced the loss of trust that exists across too many aspects of our lives. It goes far beyond the government or law enforcement. It’s pervasive in our school systems, our workplaces and even our homes. When trust is lacking, suspicion often fills the vacancy and nowhere is this more apparent… Read more »

Every home should have a tall plant

Ah, the 4th of July. Food, fireworks and parties. Ah, hell. I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating, I am socially awkward. Not quite socially inept, but getting there. Generally speaking, I’m as fearful of most of public speaking, but I can force my way through it (provided there is a shower and a… Read more »

Get real

After this extended series of politically influenced posts, my blog has become increasingly depressing and downbeat (at least in my mind), two words I never want to characterize my writing. So, it is with great relief that I post this final politically oriented topic. Hopefully, I can resist my frustration at the election campaigns enough… Read more »