Embracing the future: the outlook for 2016

Embracing the future:  the outlook for 2016

We are off and running in the first week of 2016 and the future is upon us and in our face in this Presidential election year.  So far the GOP front runner, the confident Donald Trump, has proclaimed the $2 million per week he is going to be spending on advertising as “probably a waste.”  It remains to be seen which of his GOP challengers will be able to sustain matching that amount on a weekly basis.  The two main candidates vying for the Democratic nomination have set fundraising records as 2015 came to a close.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders have both raised enough money to run competitive campaigns by any reasonable standard.   These years long campaign cycles, which have always been present but are now so...

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2015 year in review

2015 year in review

As the hours tick by in anticipation of celebrating the New Year, I wax philosophical about the year gone by.  I am thankful to be alive having survived the year and the daily hazards of an increasingly more dangerous World.  I am also thankful for my association with those individuals and organizations that make my life so much fuller.  They all know who they are. I can’t help but remember those who left us in 2015.   Some were known to most of us better than others but so many of them played a part in forming the tapestry of culture that is the backdrop to our life and times in America and the World.  I accept the sad fact of the matter that loss is all a part of living and this is something that is only going to get worse with each passing year.  For now...

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My human experience, Volume 41

My human experience, Volume 41

As year’s end approaches this week it is time to reflect on not only this year which will soon be gone but all others in which we have lived and experienced being human.  My final entry in my 2015 CE personal journal will be made on New Year’s Eve and will mark the end of Volume 41 of the chronicles of my own human experience.  As those who follow this blog may have noticed, there are several posts which contain references to and excerpts from my own personal journal.  Some of you reading this may keep a journal yourself.  I started keeping a personal journal at the suggestion of my ninth grade English teacher at then Wilson Junior High School, Mrs. Mary Ann Myers.  It wasn’t really a daily journal per se.  It was a journal specifically for her...

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Looking back on a watershed moment

Looking back on a watershed moment

What did you do in your youth?  How did you spend your young adult years?  When did you know you were finally a grown-up?  What changed in you to validate the fact you were over that big hump, never to return to being a child?  Three and a half decades ago this evening I confronted my life’s watershed moment after which the way I viewed the World was forever different.  It was a character molding and career defining experience for me.  I am sitting here today pondering my thirty-five years of bonafide adulthood I have muddled through since. A couple weeks ago I was compelled largely by media annoyance to post a detailed piece regarding my experience with refugees.  With due deference to my rationale to that post I wish to say that just because you take no...

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