Month: January 2014

Color Me Independent

House Republicans are officially gathering for a retreat shortly. I completely understand why I haven’t been invited; I find it harder to understand why some of the prominent people who share my views haven’t been. I hope the House Republicans emerge from their meeting ready to explain to the national Party leadership the dangers of …

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Passion for the Podium

Has anxiety every prevented you from speaking out at a meeting?  Do you attend family weddings and funerals with a dread of being asked to give a toast or eulogy?  Have you demurred when asked to make introductions at conferences?  Have you stumbled through an incoherent attempt to express appreciation after receiving an award? Have …

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Larking About

I once received a frantic phone call from my sister, worrying that something was terribly wrong. She had stopped in at our parents’ home and my mother wasn’t there. That would have been unremarkable, however what worried her was that the sink was full of dishes! Only a crisis, she was sure, would have led …

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“He doesn’t treat me with respect,” she complained bitterly.  What exactly does she mean?  Did he fail to rise from his La-Z-Boy recliner when she entered the room?  Did he speak to her brusquely or patronizingly? Without further explanation, it’s difficult to know whether he’s a lout or whether she is excessively demanding. The Hebrew …

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