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The Better Angels of Our Nature

  “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the…

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Where Strength Comes From

“Each of us must do the things that matter All of us must see what we can see It was long ago you must remember You were once as young and scared as me I don’t know how hard it is yet mamma When you realize you’re growing old I know how hard is not…

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Don’t Be Evil

“If there is a worse place than hell, I am in it”. … – Abraham Lincoln, after the battle of Fredericksburg, 1862 “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank, writing in her diary weeks before her capture, 1944   In the spring of 1995, WIRED magazine’s Executive Editor…

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The Sound of Silence

“And in the naked light, I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never shared And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence” — Paul Simon There was a moment over cocktails recently when I asked, “Do you want to see me…

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Let the More Loving One Be Me

“Looking up at the stars, I know quite well That, for all they care, I can go to hell, But on earth indifference is the least We have to dread from man or beast. How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection…

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The Real People of History

“Lather was thirty years old today. They took away all of his toys. His mother sent newspaper clippings to him, About his old friends who’d stopped being boys.” – Grace Slick There are those moments you never forget as a child, when your innocence is rattled with so much g-force that everything stands still, and you…

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The Land of Enough

“Who is rich? One who is happy with their portion.” – The Mishnah My mother died on Christmas Eve, 1961, when I was four, my sister six and our father recently back from the Korean War, where he had witnessed so much carnage close up – including the time he lost a mate in a…

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Hey, Hey, It’s The Monkees

“Here we come, walkin’ Down the street. We get the funniest looks from Ev’ry one we meet. Hey, hey, we’re the monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down.” – By Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for The Monkees It’s been years since I cried outright, but…

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On the Origin of Species

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…” – William Shakespeare It is the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a day which always resonates with and deeply saddens me, as it…

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We Are The Monument – Look!

  “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be…

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This is the Moment

Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” ― Mahatma Gandhi About 30 years ago or so, I was in the pre-op room for another in a long series of foot and leg operations – inconvenient and painful, but never life threatening. I was in there with…

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The Miracle Workers

All my life’s a circle; Sunrise and sundown; Moon rolls thru the nighttime; Till the daybreak comes around. It seems like I’ve been here before; I can’t remember when; But I have this funny feeling; That we’ll all be together again. No straight lines make up my life; And all my roads have bends; There’s…

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Paradise Lost?

  Years ago, when we were representing the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, we conducted a national study of retired judges to examine the influence of media upon their decisions. No longer contained by the sanctity of their robes, they were free to be more transparent – “Of course we were influenced by what…

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When Does Glory Fade?

When can their glory fade? O the wild charge they made! All the world wondered. Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!” – Alfred, Lord Tennyson Rode the 600. Alfred Tennyson’s eloquent poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” bears profound witness to how the miscomprehension of British commanders during…

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Let’s Go To Blockbuster Tonight

                                                                                “Regrets, I’ve had a few But then again, too few to mention I did what…

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We Are All Elizabeth Holmes

Photo c/o Tali Mackay at English Wikipedia “All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance”  – John Lennon  Growing up, watching David Carradine star in the television show Kung Fu in 1972 – a contradiction in and of itself as television networks were then unjustly afraid to have Asians star in Asian roles – was my first…

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Our 9/11 Heroes

  Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK Whenever I see or hear a helicopter, I think of 9/11 and its aftermath. Back then, I was living on the eighth floor of a condo not far from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda.  That awful day and for days after the planes hit the World…

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But Wait, There’s More

It used to be so natural (Used to be…) To talk about forever But ‘used to be’s’ don’t count anymore They just lay on the floor ‘Til we sweep them away (You don’t say you need me) And you don’t sing me love songs You don’t bring me flowers anymore (You don’t bring me flowers…

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Love is Having to Say You’re Sorry

The greatest love stories are not those in which love is only spoken, but those in which love is acted upon.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli When I was in college, the 1970 movie Love Story was still all the rage. For us young, impressionable teenagers, it seemed to hold the keys for mature love and relationships. The…

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Bibi & Jerry’s Political Crunch

Your love is better than ice cream Better than anything else that I’ve tried And your love is better than ice cream Everyone here knows how to fight And it’s a long way down It’s a long way down It’s a long way down to the place Where we started from.” – Sarah McLachlan What are…

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