“I cannot tell a lie- I cut down the cherry tree.” Although we have treasured this childhood story, there is no evidence this was ever uttered by George Washington. The important moral of this tale was to teach us that respected leaders do two things: They tell the truth. They admit their mistakes. These qualities… Continue reading The Cherry Tree Story
Today is September 1, 2018. Arizona Senator John McCain’s body lie in state in the Washington National Cathedral. Since 1852, only thirty-three persons have been honored this way. The American flag was draped across his cold coffin. The temperature began to climb into the high eighties as the sun peaked through cloudy skies. If… Continue reading In Memory of Senator John McCain
The Trump administration has banned seven words and phrases for the Center of Disease control (CDC) for next year's budget papers. These include: science-based, transgender, diversity, entitlement, vulnerable, fetus, and evidence-based. http://www.complex.com/life/2017/12/cdc-gets-list-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity Last March the same administration eliminated the word "science" from the EPA's website mission statement. The word was changed to the phrase, "economically… Continue reading Ignoring Science will Not make Science Go Away.
If an employer knew a worker re-tweeted anti-Muslim propaganda or videos, should he or she terminate the worker? What does the President have to do to be fired? Since he holds the highest title of the land, should he be untouchable, never being held accountable for his behavior? Would playing hate-inspired videos for your kids… Continue reading Should the President be Fired?
October 14, 2017 Vice President Mike Pence RE: Removal of the President of the United States invoking the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. Section IV. The White House Office of the Vice President 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington DC, 20500 Dear Vice President Mike Pence, There comes a time when the leaders of our government must make difficult… Continue reading A Letter to the Cabinet of the President of the United States to Invoke the Twenty-Fifth Amendment
When I was a child, my adoptive father would always joke with me, telling me that he and my adoptive mom picked me out from a room of babies. "I want the curly-headed one over there," he told me he said to the nurses. For years, I happily believed this story of my beginnings. When… Continue reading Never Be Afraid of a Bully
President Donald Trump has acquired a position in which he cannot serve. He awakened our darker side by promoting fear and discord. He reminded us to check our doors and lock our windows. He made us pause before interacting with someone outside our religion or race. He made us suspicious that most Mexicans were rapists… Continue reading The 25th Amendment
Never in history have we had a direct line to the President of the United States. Although it is only a one-way communication, his tweets give us the real-time thoughts of a man who holds the highest title of the land. I remind myself that real life happens outside the rectangular rim of my iPad.… Continue reading The Tweet that Changed the World
Sometimes a seemingly insignificant event in one's life may later turn out to change that person forever. That person was me. When I was a teenager I took my girlfriend to the fair with friends. An elderly lady was caught in a bustling strip of rides and fairgoers and was knocked down by some running… Continue reading We must not Stand Silently
Donald Trump has been on the Howard Stern Show many times before he ran for president. Most of these interviews are easy to find on the internet. I believe that in understanding another's essence, one simply needs to listen to the words they speak. Howard Stern was talented in bringing out the lewdness of his… Continue reading Does Donald Trump Understand Human Compassion?
The drama that recently unfolded on the NFL field was from Trump's brash, non-related comments from his Alabama speech. Colin Kaepernick had an issue on his heart. That issue could have been for anything. In his case, it was his concern of police brutality and the equality and justice for Afro Americans. He must have… Continue reading The Quiet Kneel that transformed a Nation
I looked up "communication styles of great leaders" and found these five traits. * Being a good listener * Friendliness * Empathy * Open-Mindedness * Respect Following is a dialogue between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un. I couldn't resist adding a few lines of my own. Trump: North Korea best not make any more… Continue reading Dialogue between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
Have you noticed how difficult it is for humans to agree on anything? How wonderful when a couple agrees where to go for dinner or which movie to watch. How remarkable when employees share their founder's vision. When people come together with a common goal, there is no limit in potential. On a global scale,… Continue reading What is Our Legacy?
If one takes the time to look, it is easy to ascertain the heart and mind of a person by what they type. In the case of Donald Trump, did any of us take the time to read what he typed? We saw a lion who was brazen and bold. We saw relentless confidence and… Continue reading A Lion or a Man Who Wants to be Loved?
In 1993, shortly after I had decided to rebuild my life in California, six friends came to my apartment for refreshments. Carmen was from Guatemala, Daniel was from Switzerland, Sontaya was from Thailand, Hamid and Touraj were from Iran, Shlomi was from Israel. There was only one person that was from the United… Continue reading What is Humanity? Eating, Loving, and Laughing.