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Top Domestic Priorities

Posted by Howard Denson on September 30, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON


.Politics very much aside, folks need to decide what the top priorities are for Americans. A sane health system belongs on the list, but it’s not the top priority for some regions. What is? Let’s look at what is causing American homes, businesses, and families to suffer the most.

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1. Wild fires in the West that devour ...

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The "Honk, Honk, Hey" Parable

Posted by Howard Denson on August 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

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Everyone expected cars and trucks to go “honk, honk,” but things changed when they started calling “hey, Bubba . . . hey there, gal.”

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In this Highly Industrial Society, residents had been able to communicate with their refrigerators, stoves, central heating and cooling units, and motorized vehicles. Cars retained in...

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A Civil War Era Quiz

Posted by Howard Denson on August 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

Let’s explore what you know about the Civil War. So much of the fall-out from the war is in the news today as we focus our energies on proposals to remove Confederate monuments and even the Jefferson Memorial (because he was a slave-owner). The latter, of course, means that we should also remove the Washington Monument and various tributes to James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew J...

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Evil begets evil

Posted by Howard Denson on August 16, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

Unfortunately, we Americans have never had much of a sense of history. We knock down buildings that have been around a little too long for our taste (which is minimal). We erect new buildings that have all the design aestheticism of airport terminals.

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This slapdash approach to life carries over into our sense of history, and, as the ...

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When Trouble Knocks on Your Door

Posted by Howard Denson on July 21, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

I spent decades relaying tips to colleagues who were under fire . . . and eventually learned to say up front, “I’m not a rescuer. All I can do is help you organize your thoughts and speak to you honestly.”

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Tip #1: Never ever write anything in anger. Your angry words will do more harm than good.

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Tip #2: Never wr...

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Saying the right thing

Posted by Howard Denson on June 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)


By HOWARD DENSON

ONE OF MOTHER’S FRIENDS has dropped by for a visit, and a child goes up to her and asks, “Is it true, like Mama tells Daddy, that you’ve slept with every man in town?”

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It takes time for a child to learn that there are certain things that you just don’t say.

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When that chil...

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How to win friends and converts

Posted by Howard Denson on June 6, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON


FEAR NOT. I WILL NOT come by your dwelling on a “visitation night” and exhort you to accept my faith or political position. I won’t for a couple of reasons.

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First, I respect your privacy and, in turn, expect you to keep your yap shut and not harangue me about things political and metaphysical.

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Secon...

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Erase the Civil War?

Posted by Howard Denson on May 17, 2017 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

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FOR THE RECORD, I grew up fascinated by the Civil War and identified completely with the valiant soldiers of the Confederacy, and, when I read about their exploits, I admired the bravery of the Union soldiers, too.

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There were many things about the Civil War that I did not know.

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First, I bought into the rhetoric that the ...

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Ruminations of a Florida cowboy philosopher

Posted by Howard Denson on April 3, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (3)


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The boss has told us that we can’t argue politics in the bunkhouse any more. The latest fracas began when One-Eye Indiana said that supporters of our current president are prone to violence, whereupon Crazy Lipschitz of Waco beat the crap out him with a branding iron.

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So I can’t pitch my ideas out any more and have to punch them int...

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Behold the Dinosaur: the Electoral College

Posted by Howard Denson on November 13, 2016 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

 

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s a time-honored adage that discourages meddling and monkeying with things unnecessarily. It heads off the management types who crow that change is good, any change is good. Often it’s not.

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On the other hand, there’s a corollary: “If it’...

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