Month: July 2012

Did Someone Say Values?

Did you happen to catch the following news items? I am sure that I am not the only person to think that they just possibly might be connected. Three headlines popped up my computer screen the other day. The first read, “California Bill Would OK families with more than 2 parents.”  That appeared right above,...

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Future is Spelled P-A-S-T

He struck success when his children were aged 10, 7, and 5.  He and his wife moved out of their dilapidated house near downtown Dallas and into a mansion in Preston Hollow.  They worried about their children becoming spoiled and never growing the will to struggle and succeed.  They dreaded their kids developing the decadent...

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Good Old Massapequa High

Recently, I stopped off to take a few pictures at my alma mater, Massapequa High School. While, admittedly, most readers will gloss over those words, those of you who have known me for years will say, “Susan, you didn’t go to Massapequa High. You didn’t even live anywhere near there. ” They are correct, and...

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Strange but True

“Their horse cavalry, of which they had twelve brigades, charged valiantly against the swarming tanks and armored cars, but they could not harm them with their swords and lances.” Thus did Winston Churchill describe Poland’s attempt to defend itself against the German invasion of September 1st, 1939.  In his war memoirs, German general Heinz Guderian...

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Thinking in the Box

In April 1956 the president of the longshoremen’s association stood on the dock at Port Newark watching a ship depart for Houston.  It was the Ideal X—the world’s first container ship. The powerful labor official famously commented, saying, “I’d like to sink that son of a b—-h.”  From his perspective, he was right.  From that...

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A Parade of Emotions

Did you find this Fourth of July as inspiring as usual? Or, coming on the heels of the Supreme Court Obamacare decision, was it disheartening? Celebrating the Fourth in a different part of the country than usual brought that question home to me. Many years, I have attended grand firework displays, synchronized with stirring music....

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Having it All by Not Expecting it All

For a number of reasons Thought Tools and Susan’s Musing posted 24 hours behind schedule this week. Why am I mentioning this? In addition to apologizing for being late, I thought that what occurred provided an apt introduction for what I had planned to write concerning Anne-Marie Slaughter’s lament, Why Women Still Can’t Have it...

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