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Monday Mottoes – #158

Following with interest the story of Israel Kristal, age 113, who will be celebrating his belated bar mitzvah, one century later, got me to thinking. How do people spring back after being knocked down time and time and again? Growing up in what would become Poland, Kristal was motherless when his father went to fight…


Stretching for More in Home and Business

Are you ready to snap? Welcome to the rubber band life, where stretching is the only way to take new territory. Your average parent doesn’t like the idea of stretch marks, whether in the physical body through birth, in your wallet and sense of privacy through invasive adoption costs and questions, or the later psychic…


AmeriMama Lures Pregnant Russians

With headlines blazing, I thought for a moment this was a program for pregnant Russian women to give birth in America… in order for Americans to adopt Russian babies-! Now there’s an idea to skirt Russian anti-American adoption laws. But instead, it’s a scheme whereby Russian women come to a New Jersey hospital to receive…


Monday Mottoes – #157

You’ve heard about “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride”, but today we have a slight variation adapted to business. We’ll get to our quote in just a minute, but here’s a thought: Don’t be a lady-in-waiting, or a guy-in-waiting, always waiting on someone else for your success. Sure, a number of endeavors take team effort….


Monday Mottoes – #155

“I think I can, I think I can,” said the Little Engine That Could. Perhaps you remember something from your childhood echoing that 1963 inspirational cartoon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9xO98kcBU). Nowadays, cartoons seem to have different messages, yet that encouraging word will never grow old. Today, so many give up after engaging in any initial exertion. Their tenacity,…


And We Try Again… Mashenka’s Future

Take Two. Or Three. Or Four or whatever we’re up to at this point. Mashenka came back for more help from me. Her father’s urging proved beneficial. Of course, I could just go up to the 18-year-old and tell her, “Look, you’re bright, you’re personable, you could have a lot going for you in your…


I Believe the Female Fox Newscasters

It’s not difficult to anyone whose head is not in the sand. I mean, what’s with the heavily made-up, mini-skirted women of Fox News? I’ve wondered that for years. I don’t get it. Maybe I work in much more conservative realms in our nation’s capital, but when a grown woman wears a sleeveless, low-cut top…


Target’s $20 Million Learning Curve

Ah yes, upside-down and inside-out. Some twist and turn so much in an effort not to cry “Uncle!” and give up… that it becomes an even more ludicrous waste of time and money. Witness this summer’s slump in sales at the once-great Target, whose sales and stock plummeted in light of its transgender bathrooms and…


The Palestinians are Their Own Worst Enemies

Evil generally does not get better with time. Neither does the Palestinian situation. In the latest untenable situation, a Palestinian father pushes his four-year-old son toward Israeli soldiers and screams at them to shoot his son, to kill him-! Unbelievable. Naturally, the soldiers do nothing of the sort and actually extend their hand in peace…


The Fundraising Dinner

Generally, Benedetto and I don’t have the time nor the inclination to attend free dinners that turn out to be anything but free. But this night, it was actually a topic/cause that piqued our interest, and thus we headed out to regions beyond, imagining that several acquaintances would be in attendance. We were not disappointed….