Category Archives: Surviving Tough Times

A Sense of Place

Saying the NFL kneeling is about the flag is like saying Rosa Parks staying seated on the bus in Montgomery was about transportation –Overheard somewhere, yesterday It’s now sixty-four years since I saw what I saw, and nothing’s changed. Nothing. … Continue reading

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Longing For A New America-or the Old One

One convention down, one more to go. There is agreement between the two political parties that the nation is in a mess. We’ve just heard how one party sees things and what it proposes to do. A  few days from … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Street Smart

I’d rather be a sparrow than a snail yes  I would, if I could, I surely would —Simon & Garfunkel The new all time highs in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index fulfill the best probability forecast … Continue reading

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On Valuable Suffering

Adversity introduces a man to himself —Anonymous What he said about the experience has stuck with me for sixty years now. In the fall of 1956, I was eight weeks into Marine Corps boot camp. It was my  week for mess duty. At … Continue reading

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A Dilemma Of Sorts

No wise person ever wanted to be younger –Native American Aphorism It was astonishing to hear the man say, “I’m concerned that the direction of the presidential campaign will disrupt the status quo.” Really? Oh, but of course. This is a fellow … Continue reading

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All About Me

Here’s the elevator version: I was born in Tokyo, Japan, then went to live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then Lima, Peru and then Montevideo, Uruguay, all before I was ten. At thirteen, I was sent to boarding school in San Marcos, Texas, where … Continue reading

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Going Big or Going Broke?

It was Saturday morning, and lunch for my wife, four kids, and me was the issue. The answer was McDonald’s. Fast, cheap and reasonably good (I liked the fries). Six burgers, six orders of fries, please, for which I gave the … Continue reading

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On the Inevitability of Change

If something cannot go on forever, it will stop –Herb Stein The U.S. stock market does its death defying dance in the face of underlying weaknesses in the system. Europe is now preoccupied with the technical bankruptcy of its major … Continue reading

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When Getting Pissed Off Is A Good Thing

A false sense of security is the only kind here is –M. Meade Well, you can wait around, but eventually you’ll do a hard stare at the economy and realize that the next ten years are going to suck unless you happen to have … Continue reading

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Of Safety Nets

A false sense of security is the only kind there is —Michael Meade We were moving our stuff into the condo for our annual stay at the beach when the owner of the unit next door ambles over. “We’ve just … Continue reading

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