Opinions are fun. My friends tell me I am someone with lots of opinions
and that's fine since I don't get mad at others when they disagree with me. In this same spirit I am interested
in hearing yours views as long as you are able to share your views without boiling over. I look forward to hearing from you.
I tend to write in the form of short essays most of the time, but contributions do not need to be in this same format or size.
Some of the content here will date itself pretty quickly, other content may be virtually timeless, this is for the reader to judge.
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The Eurozone, only half a solution
Posted at: Jun/07/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics, World Watching,
Let me paint a background. It is June of 2012 and the great recession has been under way for 4 years. Economist and politicians claim the recession ended nearly 2 years ago, but for those of us in the real world those words are merely words. As tough as things may seem in America, they are worse in Europe. Ireland has adopted austerity rules imposed by Germany and is currently borrowing at over.....read more…
I have too much stuff
Posted at: May/23/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, My philosophy, People, Perspectives,
I have too much stuff, I feel kind of embarrassed even saying it. I sure put a lot of energy into accumulating the stuff I have. I would suspect that most people in America do as well. This could be some natural transition from starting out in life with little or nothing at all. Our modern trend toward accumulating stuff may also be just the result of really good marketing and manipulation. Un.....read more…
What makes America Great?
Posted at: May/17/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights, Perspectives, Watching America,
I know, this question has been asked and answered by thousands before me. Nevertheless, I have felt compelled and challenged to write this since I started writing two years ago. This has been confusing for me because every time I felt I knew the answer, I quickly followed that thought with doubt after being dragged in a new direction I did not anticipate. I have a different tact I am going to t.....read more…
Maybe Procrastination isn’t a bad thing
Posted at: May/07/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Behavior, Perspectives,
Nearly everything I have ever read about procrastination talks about how to cure it. While this sounds good, I believe it is actually quite impossible. For me and for all of us there are an infinite number of things we could be doing. In most cases, no matter what you are currently doing, there is likely something else you should be doing instead. Chasing the impossible just doesn’t seem like .....read more…
My 4 days on a jury
Posted at: Apr/07/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: The Law,
First of all it is important to say that despite the advice of my coworkers, I have always looked forward to the opportunity of serving on a jury. There is of course the curiosity issue; after years of dramatic TV shows where the guilty party confesses on the stand, I wanted to see what a real trial looks like. There is also my strong belief in the value of participating in our American Judicial.....read more…
It is never as simple as “Just an Iceberg”
Related Category: Perspectives,
100 years ago, April of 1912 the ocean liner Titanic sunk while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage. Within hours of striking an iceberg, the great ship was gone along with 1514 souls. All of us learned this either in school, at the movies, or maybe by watching the history channel.
Disasters are continually plaguing humanity, but some are unique in how the manifest them.....read more…
An Important week for the Supreme Court
Posted at: Mar/27/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: The Law, Watching America,
Traditionally, when the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case, they are agreeing that there is some critical issue that the lower court “may have” gotten wrong…or at least it is worthy of open discussion. Most cases that the Supreme Court agrees to hear are given 2 hours for presentation of arguments. Now the court has allocated 6 hours to hears arguements over portions of the "Affordable Healthca.....read more…
We Need to Stop Being Cheap About Education
Posted at: Feb/27/2012 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Economics, Watching America,
We have been in a recession for a couple of years now. I would presume that virtually everyone reading this has been impacted, or at the least knows someone who has suffered from our economic downturn. I know, it would seem like this subject has been talked to death. I have definitely written on the subject previously. This time my concern will be more sociological in nature and the choices we ap.....read more…
Management lessons to learn from 'Star Wars'
Related Category: People, Perspectives,
A case study in how not to run a Galactic Empire, or your team for that matter
By Alex Knapp
My colleague Dorothy Pomerantz notes that this weekend, the re-issued 3-D version of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, "pulled down about $23 million at the box office over the weekend. This got my mind to pondering the mistakes that people make, ranging from making the "Star Wars" prequels to reissuin.....read more…
Is Pearl Harbor a fading lesson?
Posted at: Dec/05/2011 : Posted by: mel
Related Category: Historical Insights,
Little things often spark a larger meaning or deeper thought with me. The other day I noted in a small news article that rapidly faded to obscurity that for the first time in 70 years the Pearl Harbor Survivors would not be meeting Hawaii. I suppose the reason are kind of obvious, if they were old enough to be sailors and soldiers 70 years ago, the few remaining would likely be in declining heal.....read more…