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ALL-STAR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- Live Finale -- Pictured: Donald Trump -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) Business / Politics / Real Life

And He’s Staging a Hostile Takeover of USA, Inc. As I watched the experts debate Trump’s “Monday Night Massacre”, I was struck by their efforts to describe the events of the previous 48 hours.  In just his eighth day in office the new president had set a record with thirty Executive Orders.  Directives that were to intended to obliterate Barack Obama’s eight years in office. ...

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Donald Trump launches the new Parker Brothers board game, Trump the Game, during a news conference at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, Aug.18, 2004. The object of the game, from Hasbro, is to live like Trump and make the most money by acquiring Trump Cards that are used to strike deals and buy big-ticket items, such as resorts and office buildings. (AP Photo/Newscast, Jim Sulley) Change / News / Politics / Real Life

Can The New President Service What He Sold? It’s Monday morning and like many of us, our 45th President is at work.  You can march, break windows, start fires and topple all the cars you want but that fact will not change.  Even the marches, while impressive and important  won’t compel the man to alter behavior that defies the laws of physics.  In his world,...

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my daughter grows up Change / Real Life / Stories / Uncategorized

As My Daughter Grows Up Her Orbit Expands Holidays at our house have always been happy.  That’s because we’re a small unit without a lot of moving parts and because we live hundreds of miles from our nearest relative.  For Christmas and New Year it’s usually just me, my wife, my daughter and one or two pets.   We spend our days opening presents and...

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We are not who we thought we were Change / Politics / Real Life / Uncategorized

We Were Not Who We Thought We Were The election revealed more about America and Americans than most of us expected.  Before this election we felt we knew ourselves pretty well.  Turns out that we didn’t; and we still don’t.  In the aftermath of an unprecedented and unexpected Trump victory, we need to deal with some new ideas about who we are and how we...

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Baby Boomers Need a New Brand Change / Popped Culture / Real Life

It’s Time to Retire A Really Stupid Term (The first of three posts about Baby Boomers and Change: two things that I believe aren’t mutually exclusive.) Flatulent infants. That’s what comes to my mind when someone says Baby Boomers. And not the kind of flatulence that makes cute little bubbles in a tub. More like the huge explosions that come from High School jocks after...

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Candidates Keep Their Lies on the Prize Change / News / Politics / Popped Culture / Real Life

Too Much Money and Too Little Truth in the 2016 Election The 2016 Presidential Election has been outrageous for the last several months; this week it jumped the shark.  It is now must-watch TV and better than anything that Netflix or HBO could script. Both candidates seem to be trying to out-WTF each other and the pundit play-by-play is far more exciting than anything ESPN...

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My Dog Is Dying Real Life

And She’s Handling It Far Better Than I Am Today we found out that our dog Willow has a broken heart.  No, it’s really broken and it can’t be fixed; they say she might live another six months – if we’re lucky.  I know that in the grand scheme of things her congestive heart failure is not a big a deal.  Compared to the tragedies in...

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The Toilet Seat Conundrum Business / My Business / Real Life

Up or down?  What will they think? Most of my meetings these days happen in Starbucks.  That’s good because I like Starbucks.  The employees are friendly, their coffee is decent, the stores are clean, there’s a buzz of business in the air and as an office goes – it’s cheap.  Rent is about three bucks a day for a “Venti Pike with room”.  Far less than...

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A Food Critic Walks Into McDonald’s…. Business / Popped Culture / Real Life / Uncategorized

The fries are good but the story…is another story. Ronald McDonald has been getting pummeled lately. The quarterly reports are softer than a half day old Quarter Pounder. Investors are getting restless and they’re shuffling execs around in the ivory tower faster than fry-cooks are flipping burgers. Things just aren’t as happy in the land of Happy Meals as they once were. The PR folks...

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