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Boom! Suddenly it’s 40 Years Later

Yesterday, May 18th, was the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.  I still vividly remember being driven to Sunday School that morning, seeing the plume in the sky (I was raised in Beaverton, OR) and wondering what happened.  A little while later my parents, like many parents, came up to the church to take me home not…

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Happy Birthday to You, Thank You to You

I remember as a kid asking my grandmother, “Why is there a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day, but no kid’s day?”  Her response?  “Every day is kid’s day!” Today, May 12th, is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth (1820) and the end of National Nurses Week.  I would propose, however, that the week not end and that Every Day…

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A Rose By Any Other Name…

A period of crisis always brings out a burst of reinvention.  It was one of those Aha! moments for me in school when I finally put together the down turn in the aerospace industry in the 1970s and the birth of the home computer industry.  It’s sad that all those engineers had to lose their jobs, but now we have…

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Reuse, Recycle, and Remodel

I was set off this morning by an article regarding the fact that the house used for exterior shots in the 1981 movie, Mommie Dearest,  was recently sold and the new owner is just tearing it down.  Now, the new owner has a right to do whatever they want with the property, after all, I don’t pay the taxes on…

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Listen, My Children, and You Shall Hear …

With all due respect to Longfellow, I thought this was the best way to start this blog.  This weekend I was binge watching Outlander, and got to an episode where Brianna was in school in Boston in the 1960’s.  Her History teacher was talking about Paul Revere and Samuel Prescott and their famous ride.  When a classmate of hers asked…

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You can be relevant now…and forever

The great economist and author, Peter Drucker once said something like: “the trouble is, before World War II it took thirty years to become a Vice President, since World War II everyone expects to be a Vice President before they’re thirty!” People’s expectation of time goes quickly.  The half-life of technology doesn’t help.  It took thousands of years to invent…

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